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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

By Northwest Territories standards, the 300 km Upper Horton River journey is as remote a river trip as one is likely to find and enjoy in North America. Three outstanding features characterize the Horton River the wildlife (caribou, muskoxen, wolves, grizzly and various birds, including falcons and hawks in abundance), the scenery (rolling tundra and open valleys with scenic vistas), and the clear, swift-flowing waters that are generally easy to navigate.
Caribou are likely to be sighted throughout the journey. The timing of the migration varies from year to year, but it is almost certain that caribou will be seen on this river trip. The animals located along the Horton River are part of the Bluenose herd, whose population is estimated to be in the range of 68,000 animals. There is a sizeable population of muskoxen in the Horton River area and it is prime grizzly bear habitat. The bears here are slightly smaller (males average around 200 kg) than the bears of the west coast of Canada and Alaska. A number of arctic wolf packs work the Horton River Valley, many which follow the caribou migration. Fish are plentiful along most of the river route. Arctic grayling and lake trout are the two most common species caught, although there is a char run in the summer for a short period.
Starting at
$7494 USD
$9800 CAD
Per Person

Trip Highlights

  • Wildlife (caribou, muskoxen, wolves, grizzly)
  • Easy Rapids
  • Historic Route with Cultural Artifacts
  • Fish are plentiful (+ Arctic Char run)
  • Remote Tundra Experience

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

Waterway

  • Rivers and Streams (no whitewater)
  • Whitewater Class I

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 13 Days

Accomodation

  • Wilderness Camping

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Fully

Special Interest

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

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Itinerary

Meeting Place

Jackpine Paddle Base

Norman Wells, Northwest Territories

Most northerly flowing river in mainland Canada

Day 1:

Departing from Norman Wells, fly northeast over the unique tundra ecosystem on a float plane air charter. See frost polygons from the air and will begin to get a feel for this diverse and solitary landscape. Land at Horton Lake.

Day 2:

Paddle through the rolling tundra is dotted with dwarf spruce trees which define the northern limit of the tree line in Canada.

Day 3:

Watch for the elusive snowy-owl in flight along with a myriad of other raptors nesting on cliffs and open tundra.

Day 4:

This is big-sky country where the clouds paint dizzying patterns in wisps and streaks and the midnight sun barely dips below the horizon.

Day 5:

Evening walks on the tundra are a nightly ritual and give you a sense of how small we really are in this vast, barren landscape.

Day 6:

As we descent the clear water towards our end destination at the confluence with the Whaleman River, the world-class fly-fishing is sure to produce catches of arctic grayling, lake trout and occasionally prized arctic char.

Day 7:

This canoe trip has a relaxed pace and allows ample time for photo shoots along the river and during daily hikes on the vast and undulating tundra.

Day 8:

This is big-sky country where the clouds paint dizzying patterns in wisps and streaks and the midnight sun barely dips below the horizon.

Day 9:

Watch closely as your canoe glides silently by caribou, wolves, muskox and grizzly bears.

Day 10:

Wildflowers abound. Since the growing season is far too short for propagation, most of the vegetation found in the Horton River valley is of the perennial type.

Day 11:

As we descent the clear water towards our end destination at the confluence with the Whaleman River, the world-class fly-fishing is sure to produce catches of arctic grayling, lake trout and occasionally prized arctic char.

Day 12:

Keep on the look-out for the numerous birds can be observed. These include oldsquaw ducks, Arctic and common loon, ptarmigan, peregrine and gyrfalcons, bald and golden eagles, black brant, scoters, mergansers and scaup. Shorebirds include various plovers, yellowlegs and godwits, to name but a few.

Day 13:

At the Whaleman River we meet our Aklak Air Twin Otter for the mesmerizing flight across the arctic tundra to Inuvik, NWT.

Dates & Packages

Upper Horton River

Aug 2-14, 2021
- Charter flight from Norman Wells to the Horton River - Charter flight from the Horton River to Inuvik - One night of accommodation in Inuvik (double occupancy) - Shuttles from the airport when in Norman Wells & Inuvik - 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

What a great experience! Our guide did an excellent job scouting and navigating.

- Lynn, USA
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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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