Overview

The Horton is the most northerly flowing river in mainland Canada. The Upper Horton is perfect for novice, intermediate or vintage canoeists with smooth steady current, crystal clear water and a few easy rapids for extra fun. The river's most outstanding features are the ancient cliffs and the many opportunities to see falcons, eagles, caribou, wolves, muskoxen and grizzly bears.
This is a historic region where the ancestral hunting areas of the northern Inuit overlapped with the central Athapaskan Indians. Remnants of ancient wooden fences used to funnel caribou into spearing zones can be seen near Horton Lake. The landscape is dotted with dwarf spruce trees which define the northern limit of the tree line in Canada. Watch for the elusive snowy owl in flight along with a myriad of other raptors nesting on cliffs. This is big-sky country where the clouds paint dizzying patterns in wisps and streaks and the midnight sun barely dips below the horizon. Evening walks are a nightly ritual and give you a sense of how small we really are in this vast, barrenland.
Starting at
$8900 CAD
Package Price

Trip Highlights

  • superb lake trout, arctic char and grayling fishing
  • opportunities to see falcons, eagles, caribou, wolves, muskoxen and grizzly
  • excellent hiking opportunities
  • tundra in full bloom

Quick Facts

Paddlesport

  • Canoeing

Activity

  • Expedition
  • Canoe Tripping

Experience/Service

  • Paddling Trip

Waterway

  • Whitewater Class I

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 13 Days

Accomodation

  • Wilderness Camping

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Itinerary

Meeting Place

Norman Wells, NWT

Day 1:

We require that travellers arrive in Norman Wells the day before they embark on their expedition. Depart Norman Wells by charter floatplane for Horton Lake. Hike the arctic tundra in this historic and magnificent landscape. World-class lake trout fishing.

Day 2:

Hike the arctic tundra in this historic and magnificent landscape. World-class lake trout fishing.

Day 3:

Gentle current glides your canoes through a rocky, sparsely treed area with rolling hills and rock cliffs. Superb fly-fishing for arctic grayling, arctic char and lake trout.

Day 4:

Gentle current glides your canoes through a rocky, sparsely treed area with rolling hills and rock cliffs. Superb fly-fishing for arctic grayling, arctic char and lake trout.

Day 5:

Gentle current glides your canoes through a rocky, sparsely treed area with rolling hills and rock cliffs. Superb fly-fishing for arctic grayling, arctic char and lake trout.

Day 6:

Gentle current glides your canoes through a rocky, sparsely treed area with rolling hills and rock cliffs. Superb fly-fishing for arctic grayling, arctic char and lake trout.

Day 7:

The landscape continues to change as trees get smaller, caribou and muskox sightings are possible in this region. Side creeks offer great fly-fishing opportunities.

Day 8:

The landscape continues to change as trees get smaller, caribou and muskox sightings are possible in this region. Side creeks offer great fly-fishing opportunities.

Day 9:

The landscape continues to change as trees get smaller, caribou and muskox sightings are possible in this region. Side creeks offer great fly-fishing opportunities.

Day 10:

The landscape continues to change as trees get smaller, caribou and muskox sightings are possible in this region. Side creeks offer great fly-fishing opportunities.

Day 11:

Arrive in Whaleman River area. Fabulous tundra hikes and great fishing at Whaleman River!

Day 12:

Return charter flights to the Float Base in Norman Wells. Travellers will depart Norman Wells the day after their expedition ends. Inquire about extended travel beyond Norman Wells.

Dates & Packages

Upper Horton River, Northwest Territories

July 14 - July 26, 2020

- airport pickup and return in Norman Wells ( complimentary airport shuttles are available in Yellowknife and Edmonton)
- charter flights to and from the river
- Royalex Canoes 17′, with spray decks (if required)
- Grey Owl paddles, Kokatat PFD’s and Level Six splash jackets
- WRSI Helmets on Natla, Mountain and Coppermine
- 60L personal watertight barrel with harness (holds about 30 to 35lbs of clothing and gear)
- Eureka K-2 Expedition Tents
- all quality camping equipment and gear
- camp chairs for each person on the trip
- certified guides with a maximum ratio of 5:1
- hearty and nutritious trip meals including two snacks (GORP) each day
- emergency satellite phone and two-way radios for guide-staff
- first aid kit
- access to our medical director, Dr. Aaron Orkin
- access to discounted rates on Canadian North Airlines

- all off-river accommodation and meals in Edmonton or Yellowknife
- all off-river accommodation and meals in Norman Wells. The Canoe North Adventures Lodge B&B is available at reasonable rates to our paddlers
- personal gear including sleeping bags, sleeping mat, clothing and gear
- commercial flights to and from Norman Wells and points beyond
- insurance including evacuation, medical and trip cancellation
- guide and lodge gratuities
- fishing license

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