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2023 Trip Guide

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2023 Trip Guide

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The Horton River is the most northerly flowing river in mainland Canada. The floatplane lands at Whaleman River which is located exactly at the half-way point of this 600km long river. The open tundra is dotted with dwarfed black spruce trees. Three limestone canyons with technical whitewater present a challenge to intermediate - advanced canoeists will also enjoy the thrills of the whitewater in the canyons.
Herds of muskoxen and caribou are often seen in this region along with arctic wolf-packs and lone grizzly bears. Beach or tundra campsites afford sprawling panoramic views across the ancient tundra. This mysterious burned landscape is striated with earth streaked with ochre, red and orange colours. Evening hikes on the firm tundra allow you to feel the sun on your face at midnight! In the swirling eddies, deep pools and side-streams, fly-fisherman will enjoy the world-class fishing for arctic grayling, lake trout and arctic char. Can be combined with the Upper Horton River trip for an epic 25-day river adventure!
Starting at
$12265 CAD
Package Price

Trip Highlights

  • Spectacular geological formations
  • Superb fishing opportunities
  • Excellent scenic hiking opportunities

Quick Facts


  • Canoeing


  • Fishing
  • Whitewater
  • Canoe Tripping


  • Paddling Trip


  • Whitewater Class II
  • Whitewater Class III


  • North America


  • 14 Days


  • Wilderness Camping


  • Yes


  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging


65°16′53″N 126°47′55″W

Meeting Place

Canoe North Adventures Lodge & Outfitting Centre

Norman Wells, NWT

Spend 14 days navigating the azure waterways, glancing over at herds of muskoxen grazing and sharing delicious meals. At our last camp, we hike to the arctic coast and gaze out over Franklin Bay at the northern edge of the continent.

Dates & Packages

Lower Horton River, Northwest Territories

August 2 - August 15, 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

We have been on 2 canoe trips with Canoe North Adventures, and they were both great. The scenery in the NWT is spectacular. What a privilege to paddle the Keele River and the Lower Horton. We highly recommend this company. You will see parts of this beautiful country that very few people get the chance to see and experience

- Charles K
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