I like the idea of the tie in to the old days as well, and beaver is always good.
This country was pretty well founded on beaver. Most of us have chased beaver at one time or another.
Beaver is bonds us coast to coast. Even more than the CBC....
You are talking about crossing the second largest country on the planet. Most of the Europeans that first tried this, that survived, did so by eating their friends. It would be cool to try to do it with only the most necessary paved sections, and make it as unique as possible. Make it tough. We are Canadians after all.
I think that having a road book and tracks would be useful to more people and having both on a trip is the best. Just my 2 loonies...
Thanks for giving this a shot.