Jackpine Paddle is 100% northern-owned. Explore the Canadian North on a guided expedition trip. Rent a canoe or kayak for a trip of your own. We would be happy to assist you in finding the trip of a lifetime whether it be herds of muskox, northern lights, true wilderness, or all of the above. Remember, Life is Better Outside!

Overview

The barrenlands give birth to the Coppermine River, a Canadian Heritage River that jostles through a rock-ribbed landscape, bound for the far Arctic. You’ll cross into the true polar zone, a mythic region on a fraction of the travellers on earth have entered. The Coppermine River is known for profile arctic char fishing, alongside arctic grayling and lake trout. The historic Sandstone, Muskox and Escape Rapids are big volume rapids demanding both caution and expertise.
Reached by bush plane from Yellowknife, our trip on the Coppermine River involves 15 days of adventure – and provides a lifetime of stories. Paddle in the footsteps of Sir John Franklin’s journey to the Arctic Ocean, where you’ll have the option to take (short) swim at the end of your trip – if you are so brave! There is a deep history along the Coppermine River from the early Copper Inuit to explorers George Douglas, Samuel Hearne and Sir John Franklin. Home to the Bluenose East caribou herd, you should keep your eyes peeled for this keystone species, along with grizzlies patrolling flat-topped mountains along our route. This wild, wide-open country is also host to moose that plod along the river and muskox that congregating along nearby tundra slopes. The Coppermine River valley is not only teeming with animals, but you stand good chances at spotting rare arctic raptors such as the gyrfalcons, rough-legged hawks, and golden eagles.
Starting at
$7426 USD
$9750 CAD
Per Person

Trip Highlights

  • Rare Arctic Raptors
  • Big Volume Rapids
  • Archaeologically-Rich Region
  • Rolling Tundra Landscapes
  • Swim in the Arctic Ocean

Jackpine Paddle is 100% northern-owned. Explore the Canadian North on a guided expedition trip. Rent a canoe or kayak for a trip of your own. We would be happy to assist you in finding the trip of a lifetime whether it be herds of muskox, northern lights, true wilderness, or all of the above. Remember, Life is Better Outside!

Quick Facts

Paddlesport

  • Canoeing

Activity

  • Fishing
  • Whitewater
  • Expedition
  • Canoe Tripping

Experience/Service

  • Paddling Trip

Waterway

  • Whitewater Class III

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 15 Days

Accomodation

  • Wilderness Camping

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Family
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wilderness Gourmet
  • Intermediate

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Itinerary

Meeting Place

Jackpine Paddle Base

Yellowknife, NT

The barrenlands give birth to the Coppermine River, a Canadian Heritage River that jostles through a rock-ribbed landscape, bound for the far Arctic.

Day 1:

We depart Yellowknife for a charter flight to Plummer's Lodge on Great Bear Lake (accommodation included!)

Day 2:

Charter from Plummer's Lodge on Great Bear Lake to the Coppermine River.

Day 3:

After a full day of paddling, we'll set up camp and begin to take in our beautiful wilderness surroundings near a place referred to as the "Big Bend".

Day 4:

Excellent fly-fishing for arctic grayling and the prized arctic char as we make our way across the Arctic circle.

Day 5:

Easy-going swifts and lazy sections of river allow for a warm-up prior to the high volume rapids known as Rocky Defile.

Day 6:

Home to the Bluenose East caribou herd, you should keep your eyes peeled for this keystone species, along with grizzlies patrolling flat-topped mountains along our route.

Day 7:

This wild, wide-open country is also host to moose that plod along the river and muskox that congregating along nearby tundra slopes.

Day 8:

Paddle down the exciting Muskox Rapids, perhaps camping at an incredible Arctic Char fishing hole.

Day 9:

Navigate the high-volume Sandstone Rapids.

Day 10:

Looking backing the treeline is left behind giving way to open tundra hills ideal for spotting moose, caribou, muskox, fox, wolverine and bear.

Day 11:

Eventually we arrive at the fabled Bloody Falls where a local cultural interpreter will host us for an engaging evening.

Day 12:

Arrival in Kugluktuk.

Day 13:

Cultural programming and traditional meal in Kugluktuk.

Day 14:

Depart Kugluktuk on Day 14 with a chartered flight back to Plummer's Lodge on Great Bear Lake where we enjoy our final night in the Arctic.

Day 15:

After a hearty breakfast the next morning, our charter will return us to Yellowknife on the shores of Great Slave Lake.

Dates & Packages

Coppermine River

July 24 - Aug 7, 2021
- Charter flight from Yellowknife to the Plummer's Lake Lodge, return - Charter flight to the Coppermine River, return - 1 night accommodation at Plummer's Lodge on Great Bear Lake - Shuttles from the airport when in Yellowknife, NWT - Certified guides with a maximum ratio of 5:1 - Royalex expedition canoes with spray decks and knee pads - Werner paddles, PFDs, throw bags, and paddling helmets - Group gear for each expedition (tarp, kitchen equipment, utensils, water filtration, etc) - Personal watertight barrel or drybag - Expedition first aid kit and canoe repair kit - Emergency satellite phone, two-way radios for guide staff - Expedition tents by Mountain Hardware - hearty and nutritious meals including snacks while on trip, all meals at Plummer's Lake Lodge - Group will be limited to 10 participants + 2 guides

What Guests Are Saying

Our trip logistics were well-organized and the food was plentiful, varied and good. The gear was first-class – especially the canoes, tents, and shelter dome (the red igloo). On the guiding side, Dan’s expertise was top notch, both on the water and in camp. We also enjoyed his enthusiasm, and appreciated his flexibility.

- George & MC, Canada
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Company Overview

By choosing to join a trip with us, you are supporting the local economy of the Northwest Territories. As the only northern-owned paddling outfitter offering arctic wilderness expeditions, we appreciate your support.

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Company Overview

By choosing to join a trip with us, you are supporting the local economy of the Northwest Territories. As the only northern-owned paddling outfitter offering arctic wilderness expeditions, we appreciate your support.

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Our Team

The North is a spectacular place to explore, so why not discover it with Northerners? We employ experienced guides who live in the Northwest Territories, with deep roots on our rivers and lakes. Based out of Yellowknife, NT, we know that when it comes to the North, there is no other place like it.

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Our Team

The North is a spectacular place to explore, so why not discover it with Northerners? We employ experienced guides who live in the Northwest Territories, with deep roots on our rivers and lakes. Based out of Yellowknife, NT, we know that when it comes to the North, there is no other place like it.

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Our Services

We offer: - Fully Guided Expeditions - Rentals & Shuttles - Paddle Canada Courses - Youth Paddle Camps!

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Our Services

We offer: - Fully Guided Expeditions - Rentals & Shuttles - Paddle Canada Courses - Youth Paddle Camps!

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Company History

On March 2, 2019, after an eleven month battle with cancer, Alex Hall passed away peacefully at home in Fort Smith. Before Alex passed away, he handed the reins of Canoe Arctic Inc. to fellow northerner Dan Wong. For 2020 and beyond, Jackpine Paddle will proudly carry on the legacy of Canoe Arctic Inc. on the Thelon River and its major tributaries.

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Company History

On March 2, 2019, after an eleven month battle with cancer, Alex Hall passed away peacefully at home in Fort Smith. Before Alex passed away, he handed the reins of Canoe Arctic Inc. to fellow northerner Dan Wong. For 2020 and beyond, Jackpine Paddle will proudly carry on the legacy of Canoe Arctic Inc. on the Thelon River and its major tributaries.

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