In over 40 years of providing adventure travel holidays, we have paddled and hiked thousands of kilometers with countless satisfied customers. We've learned how to make your trip very special. Over 70% of our clientele are returning participants!

Overview

High above the Arctic Circle, the Thomsen River is the northerly-most canoeable river in North America. Flowing north through Aulavik National Park, the Thomsen provides an Arctic oasis for wildlife. Most of the world's population of muskoxen can be found grazing near its river banks.
Many other fascinating Arctic species can also be found here, including Peary caribou, snow geese, and the snowy owl. The Thomsen River Valley has been used by ancient Inuit cultures for thousands of years. Archaeological sites dot the landscape, and some ruins date back more then 4000 years. Rich in history and wildlife, the Thomsen River offers an Arctic experience like no other. The route descends almost 200 metres in just over 160 kilometres. The paddling is easy, with gentle moving water, a few swifts, and some shallower sections. Advanced whitewater canoeing skills are not required; however, we do recommend basic whitewater canoeing experience and reasonable health and fitness for your age. Experienced Arctic travelers will still appreciate the exceptional wildlife and fascinating archaeology.
Starting at
$11595 CAD
Package Price

In over 40 years of providing adventure travel holidays, we have paddled and hiked thousands of kilometers with countless satisfied customers. We've learned how to make your trip very special. Over 70% of our clientele are returning participants!

Quick Facts

Paddlesport

  • Canoeing

Activity

  • Whitewater
  • Canoe Tripping

Experience/Service

  • Paddling Trip

Waterway

  • Whitewater Class I
  • Whitewater Class II

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 13 Days

Accomodation

  • Wilderness Camping

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Intermediate

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Dates & Packages

Thomsen River Canoe Trip


Guides 5:1 ratio

Accommodation
• 13 nights camping, 2 night in the Arctic Chalet, Inuvik

Meals
• excellent trail meals and snacks from Day 2 lunch to Day 14 lunch

Canoeing Equipment
• Ally packable, folding canoes
• paddles, PFDs, throw bags

Camping Equipment
• tents: free-standing, custom expedition dome tents - 2 per tent
• "kitchen": tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc.
• containers for food and group equipment

Safety Equipment
• first aid, safety, river rescue, and repair kits
• communications equipment (satellite phone)

Transportation
•.ground transfers in Inuvik
• charter flight from Inuvik to Thomsen River - Day 2
• charter flight from Thomsen River to Inuvik - Day 14
• transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to Inuvik

What Guests Are Saying

This was an exceptional trip. I have paddled many rivers and feel privileged to experience this unique environment. I appreciated the guides' ability to interpret the fascinating archaeology.

- Randy, Ontario, Canada
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