Overview

A Canadian Heritage River, the Coppermine is steeped in ancient history of the early Copper Inuit and the more recent history and lore of explorers George Douglas, Samuel Hearn and John Franklin. The Coppermine flows northwesterly from the central territories through stunted taiga forest, rolling tundra plateaus, and rugged granite cliffs at Rocky Defile.
The historic Sandstone, Muskox and Escape Rapids are big volume rapids demanding both caution and expertise by intermediate or advanced canoeists. As we round Big Bend, the Coppermine swings north towards the arctic coast and Coronation Gulf. Flat-topped mountains and volcanic plateaus are connected by barren slopes and rocky outcrops. The ominous sheer granite cliffs guard the gate at Rocky Defile, a half-mile shadowy canyon run with class III & IV rapids. Just past the Rocky Defile, we camp at the confluence with the Kendall River famous for its prolific char fishing. The river winds through inspiring canyon topography of the terraced and sculpted September Mountains. An all-day hike gains significant elevation affording breathtaking views of the sweeping Coppermine River Valley.
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Quick Facts

Paddlesport

  • Canoeing

Activity

  • Whitewater
  • Expedition
  • Canoe Tripping

Experience/Service

  • Paddling Trip

Waterway

  • Whitewater Class III

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 13 Days

Accomodation

  • Wilderness Camping

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Itinerary

Meeting Place

Yellowknife, NWT

Day 1:

We require that travellers arrive in Yellowknife the day before they embark on their expedition. Depart Yellowknife for charter flight to Plummer's Lodge and then to Coppermine River

Day 2:

Easy swifts and flat water sections through rolling boreal landscape. Great fly-fishing for arctic grayling.

Day 3:

Easy swifts and flat water sections through rolling boreal landscape. Great fly-fishing for arctic grayling.

Day 4:

Easy swifts and flat water sections through rolling boreal landscape. Great fly-fishing for arctic grayling.

Day 5:

The large volume rapids of Rocky Defile with sheer cliffs and stunning scenery. Layover campsite downstream at Kendall River confluence. Superb arctic char fly-fishing!

Day 6:

The large volume rapids of Rocky Defile with sheer cliffs and stunning scenery. Layover campsite downstream at Kendall River confluence. Superb arctic char fly-fishing!

Day 7:

Sandstone Rapids, we have left the northern tree line and entered the true arctic barrens region, Muskox Rapids, Escape Rapids

Day 8:

Sandstone Rapids, we have left the northern tree line and entered the true arctic barrens region, Muskox Rapids, Escape Rapids

Day 9:

Sandstone Rapids, we have left the northern tree line and entered the true arctic barrens region, Muskox Rapids, Escape Rapids

Day 10:

Hiking in September Mountains area, the region is rich in wildlife with possible sightings of moose, caribou, muskox, fox, wolverine and bear. Fishing is excellent for Arctic grayling, trout, whitefish, Arctic char and pike.

Day 11:

Hiking in September Mountains area, the region is rich in wildlife with possible sightings of moose, caribou, muskox, fox, wolverine and bear. Fishing is excellent for Arctic grayling, trout, whitefish, Arctic char and pike.

Day 12:

Arrive historic Bloody Falls Territorial Park, explore this beautiful site.

Day 13:

The end of this journey takes you to Kugluktuk the ancient home of the Kogluktogmint Copper Inuit. We will have a walking tour of the village before returning by commercial jet service to Yellowknife on Canadian North Airlines (not inlcuded). Depart from Kugluktuk on a commercial flight.

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