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

North America’s deepest lake is brimming with romance and mystery. That’s especially true when “heaven’s own lightshow” begins. Our sea kayak expedition on the North Arm of Great Slave Lake is planned to take advantage of autumn Aurora season. As you tip your head back in awe to catch the glittering lights dancing across the sky, we’ll show you the best of our spectacular Aurora.
The numerous channels and bays of the North Arm are important habitat for breeding birds, and each year attract more than 100,000 northbound migrating waterbirds. You’ll find a stunning variety of birds, such as bald eagles, gulls, terns, ducks, swans and geese. It’s also home to moose, black bears, bison, wolves, and tons of world-class trophy pike. From a paddler’s perspective, the North Arm is a paradise of unexplored islands of glacier carved, Precambrian rock. It’s a wilderness odyssey of narrow channels we’ll navigate with expedition-grade sea kayaks. This North Arm Great Slave Lake sea kayak adventure is an unforgettable wilderness experience!
Starting at
$1805 USD
$2300 CAD
Per Person

Trip Highlights

  • Northern Lights
  • Birding
  • Island Paradise
  • Minimal Bugs
  • Fibreglass Kayak Fleet

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

Activity

  • Recreation
  • Fishing
  • Expedition
  • Sea Kayaking & Touring

Experience/Service

  • Paddling Trip

Waterway

  • Big Lakes

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 7 Days

Accomodation

  • Wilderness Camping

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Family
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Students
  • Photography
  • Wilderness Gourmet
  • Astronomy
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Itinerary

Meeting Place

Jackpine Paddle Base

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

This North Arm Great Slave Lake sea kayak adventure is an unforgettable wilderness experience!

Day 1:

In the morning, we head out from the capital city of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife. Our shuttle takes us down the road to "Frank's Channel". From there we will launch into Great Slave Lake and begin our 130 km paddle back to Yellowknife.

Day 2:

Camping each night on the many islands of the North Arm, we make our way around the historic Old Fort Rae towards the spectacular area known as Trout Rock.

Day 3:

After a 10 km section of exposed shore, we tuck back into the cover of the thousands of islands in the North Arm.

Day 4:

Fishing improves as we paddle east, through the remote and beautiful wilderness of Great Slave Lake.

Day 5:

The North Arm of Great Slave Lake, home to thousands of remote islands and feisty pike offers a remote and unique paddling adventure for Aurora chasers. It’s true this sea kayak excursion will put the Aurora on display like no other tour.

Day 6:

Unlike motorized tour operators who stick to the roads, we are able to paddle deep into remote wilderness far away from any artificial lights.

Day 7:

It's a feeling of accomplishment as we paddle back into Yellowknife Bay. The colourful houseboats and a Jackpine Paddle shuttle meet us at the main dock. After hot showers, we meet for dinner, cold beer and final farewells!

Dates & Packages

North Arm | Great Slave Lake

September 6-12, 2021
– Road shuttle to launch site (Frank’s Channel). – Shuttles from the airport when in Yellowknife – Certified guides with a maximum ratio of 5:1 – Seaward expedition kayaks – Werner paddles & PFDs – Group gear for each expedition (tarp, kitchen equipment, utensils, water filtration, etc) – Expedition first aid kit and canoe repair kit – Emergency satellite phone, two-way radios for guide staff – Expedition tents – Hearty and nutritious meals including snacks while on trip – Group will be limited to 8 participants + 2 guides

What Guests Are Saying

I'd recommend this trip to anyone who would like to experience wilderness with experienced guides. The trip with Jackpine Paddle went really great. I really enjoyed every bit of it and had good experience.

- Radoslav, Slovakia | North Arm Expedition
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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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