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2021 Trip Guide

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2021 Trip Guide

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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

Interested in job training to become a paddling guide in the Canadian North? The Northern Guide Training Program is the most comprehensive guide training program in Northern Canada! Our 2021 program will focus on whitewater paddling and lake canoe skills. This program is designed by northern guides for guiding in the North. It’s a practical, hands-on program that will rigorously challenge you while on a 10 day whitewater canoe river expedition on the Taltson River.
You’ll gain tools for whitewater paddling, starting in easy rapids then challenging yourself in harder water and more complex situations. Become competent performing effective rescues with limited resources—and making smart decisions when river running. During this expedition course there will be opportunities to learn new skills in canoe cooking, river scouting and reading whitewater, and navigation with a map & compass. We cover canoe safety and equipment in a dynamic outdoor learning environment on a whitewater canoe expedition. Jackpine Paddle is a 100% Northern-owned and operated business located in Yellowknife, NT.
Starting at
$4404 USD
$5595 CAD
Per Person

Trip Highlights

  • Whitewater Canoeing
  • Canoe Tripping
  • Risk Management
  • Navigation
  • Camp Cooking

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

  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing

Activity

  • Recreation
  • Whitewater
  • Expedition
  • Sea Kayaking & Touring
  • Lakewater Canoeing
  • Canoe Tripping
  • River Running
  • Rescue

Experience/Service

  • Instruction or Skills Clinic

Waterway

  • Big Lakes
  • Rivers and Streams (no whitewater)
  • Whitewater Class I
  • Whitewater Class II
  • Whitewater Class III

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 8 Days or More

Accomodation

  • Wilderness Camping

Guided

  • No

Outfitted

  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Women
  • Youth
  • Wilderness Gourmet
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Accreditation

  • Skills Certification

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Itinerary

Meeting Place

Jackpine Paddle Base

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

A tentative schedule for the 2021 Northern Guide Training Program is below:

Day 1:

May 8: Meet-up in Yellowknife, Orientation May 9-12: Whitewater & Lake Canoe Courses, Yellowknife Area + Kakisa River May 13-15: Trip preparation, drive to Fort Smith May 16-25: Whitewater canoe trip on the Taltson River May 26: Return to Yellowknife, Program wrap-up

Dates & Packages

Northern Guide Training Program

– All paddling equipment such as a canoe, rescue lifejacket, paddle, bailer, throw bags, and helmets. – Food while on the Taltson River trip – Experienced instructor guides – Group gear (tarp, kitchen equipment, utensils, water filtration, etc) – Communication devices (satellite phone and Garmin Inreach) – Expedition-quality tents – All ground shuttles in the Jackpine Paddle Van – A drysuit for the duration of the course – The cost of all certifications
A detailed personal clothing and equipment list will be emailed to participants following registration.

What Guests Are Saying

This hands on face paced dynamic learning opportunity was the exact type of experience I needed as a hands on learner. The navigating + camping portions of the trip were also very informative in both learning new ways of navigation as well as how to respect the land we are using. Highly recommend this program.

- Matthew D Mitchell, Yellowknife
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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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