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

This trip is a birder’s paradise, where you’ll take advantage of the spring migration to add rare arctic birds to your “bird list”. There are many birds passing through this area in mid June that are migrating further north into more distant arctic regions. Birds of note include scoters, jaegers, merlins, bald eagles, osprey, many species of ducks, large numbers of molting Canada geese, and several species of loons.
Your 50 mile long canoe route on the upper Taltson River (Northwest Territories) is located at the treeline with elements of both the tundra and the open boreal forest present. You’ll experience the “transition zone” between forest and tundra. The hills, especially the higher ones, are bare of trees and the lower elevations along the river are forested. During the trip you can climb into the hills in most places along our route where you can see great sweeps of open tundra. There are pristine sand beaches everywhere – miles of them in some places. In recent years, we have seen muskoxen on the Taltson River. In fact, we have seen up to 75 muskoxen on a trip. The muskoxen are encountered in small herds or as solitary bulls and they are easy to get close to. It’s typical to spot moose (up to a dozen) and sometimes a wolf, or more. Blacks bears are often seen and occasionally a wolverine.
Starting at
$5769 USD
$7549 CAD
Per Person

Trip Highlights

  • Extreme Remoteness
  • Birder’s Paradise
  • Sprawling Esker Campsites with Beaches
  • Abundant Lake Trout
  • Route Less Travelled, Relatively Unknown

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

  • Recreation
  • Fishing
  • Whitewater
  • Expedition
  • Lakewater Canoeing
  • Canoe Tripping

Experience/Service

  • Paddling Trip

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 10 Days

Accomodation

  • Wilderness Camping

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Fully

Special Interest

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

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Itinerary

Meeting Place

Jackpine Paddle Base

Fort Smith, Northwest Territories

Very few people have ever canoed the Taltson River and we don’t expect to see anyone else on this trip.

Day 1:

We'll start this canoe trip on the Taltson River just north of Dymond Lake, where we will land in our float plane from Fort Smith on Day 1.

Day 2:

Our route along the Taltson River is incredibly beautiful hilly country with crystal-clear water, sand beaches everywhere, and open spruce forest with no underbrush and tundra hills.

Day 3:

We are on the Canadian Shield with lakes in every depression, but the upper Taltson is very sandy country.

Day 4:

We'll have different campsites fronted by big sand beaches every night. The campsites are beautiful and pristine beyond imagination.

Day 5:

During the evenings you'll have plenty of time to pursue your interests whether they be photography, fishing, hiking, birding, swimming or just taking a nap.

Day 6:

Only at the end of our route do we enter the open boreal forest. The forested and semi-forested areas along the Taltson River valley bottom are simply exquisite. On this day, we'll take you to one of our secret fishing holes.

Day 7:

Caribou trails are everywhere. Along the water are great sweeps of white and beaches and if you walk uphill very far you emerge from the trees onto bare tundra hills. On the water, we'll paddle some Class I-II rapids during Day 7, some of the rare whitewater on an otherwise very relaxed paddle.

Day 8:

The forested and semi-forested areas along the Taltson River valley bottom are simply exquisite. Try to put the conventional idea of a forest out of your mind. Picture widely-spaced, conical white spruce growing on a fluffy carpet of lichen with no underbrush.

Day 9:

We'll take some time to explore some unique archeological sites the area has to offer.

Day 10:

Our float plane arrives around noon to take us back to Fort Smith. We say goodbye to this highly unique place of pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear water. Back in Fort Smith, we meet up for a farewell dinner and cold beers (after hot showers)!

Dates & Packages

Taltson River

June 13-22, 2021
- Charter flight from Fort Smith to the Taltson River, return - Shuttles from the airport when in Fort Smith, NWT - Certified guides with a maximum ratio of 5:1 - Royalex expedition canoes with knee pads - Werner paddles, PFDs, throw bags - 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 - Group will be limited to 10 participants + 2 guides

What Guests Are Saying

My wife and I have been doing out door adventures for 56 years and this was our most memorable trip. We have two cold days at the start then spring happened. We had no head winds, no insects, perfect campsites, warm weather, great interaction among all those on the trip. We ate lots of fish. Saw at least 54 species of birds

- Peter G, USA | Taltson River 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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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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