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2023 Trip Guide

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2023 Trip Guide

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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
$10595 CAD
Package Price

Trip Highlights

  • Superb Lake Trout, Arctic Char and Grayling fishing
  • Opportunities to see falcons, eagles, caribou, wolves, muskoxen and grizzly
  • Excellent scenic hiking opportunities

Quick Facts


  • Canoeing


  • Fishing
  • Expedition
  • Canoe Tripping


  • Paddling Trip


  • Whitewater Class I
  • Whitewater Class II


  • North America


  • 12 Days


  • Wilderness Camping


  • Yes


  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging


65°16′53″N 126°47′55″W

Meeting Place

Canoe North Adventures Lodge & Outfitting Centre

Norman Wells, NWT

Enjoy a scenic floatplane ride into the arctic barren lands. Paddle down the historic Horton River and spend 12 nights camping in the great Canadian Arctic wilderness. Relish in superb fishing, hearty meals, scenic hiking, wildlife viewings and lifelong camaraderie.

Dates & Packages

Upper Horton River, Northwest Territories

July 2 - July 13, 2024, July 6 - July 19, 2024, July 22 - August 2, 2024
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.

What Guests Are Saying

Honestly was the trip of a lifetime! Unplugging and getting away was so good for my soul. The quality time spent with my dad and siblings is something I will never forget. CNA puts so much though and effort into their guests experiences. They are truly experts in their field. First class experience.

- Robyn Honsberger
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