Overview

Join us on an incredible raft expedition down the Firth River for an enchanting, scenic passage to the arctic tundra plains and the Beaufort Sea. The Firth River connects the British Mountains to the the Arctic Ocean, lies deep within the northern Yukon, adjacent to Alaska, and bisects Ivvavik National Park. Home to the Porcupine Caribou herd (225,000 strong), grizzly bears, Dalls Sheep, and musk oxen it is journey like no other!
-The Firth River flows through the most diversely dramatic landscape in the high arctic from the British Mountains to the Beaufort Sea -Fantastic hiking through stunning wildflowers -Tremendous whitewater in shallow canyons that cut through the tundra to the Arctic Ocean - Adjacent to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and on the migration route of the famed Porcupine caribou herd (over 225,000 strong!) - Traditional territory of the Inuvialuit people - Home to the most northerly herd of Dall sheep in the world as well as muskox, caribou, wolves, fox, grizzly and raptors One of the oldest rivers on the continent
Starting at
$11575 CAD
Per Person

Trip Highlights

  • Interact with Inuvialuit Interpreters
  • Explore under the midnight sun
  • Connect with the wildest landscape on earth

Quick Facts

Paddlesport

  • Rafting

Activity

  • Whitewater

Experience/Service

  • Paddling Trip

Waterway

  • Whitewater Class III

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 12 Days

Accomodation

  • Wilderness Camping

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Itinerary

Meeting Place

Arctic Chalet

Inuvik, YT

Rafting over 11 river days, we journey 150 kilometres (94 miles) with an approximate elevation drop of 460 metres (1500 feet).This is a land of contrasts: forest and tundra, craggy peaks and alpine meadows, wild coastline and icefilled seas.

Day 1:

We’ll have some time for last minute errands in Inuvik in case you need to pick up something at the Northern Store or get a National Parks fishing license from Parks Canada. The flight into Ivvavik National Park will leave Inuvik Airport around 10 a.m.

Day 2:

At first, the winding river has a quiet nature. Low banks reveal unobstructed views up the valley and limestone crags rise from the river. Our rafts glide across deep clear pools full of grayling and char.

Day 3:

A few days into the journey, you begin to realize how this land has been used by indigenous cultures for thousands of years. Along much of the route, there are ancient signs of human use. The Inuit would leave the coast to travel inland and hunt caribou and moose and fish for char.

Day 4:

Downstream of Joe Creek the river enters a spectacular canyon that continues for 40 km. The landscape transforms as the limestone rock gives way to volcanics, mountains rise and vegetation changes.

Day 5:

The middle part of our adventure takes us through the ancient, unglaciated and jagged British Mountains. The Firth winds among these stained, eroding peaks, alternating between quiet pools and exhilarating rapids.

Day 6:

Just above the confluence of Sheep Creek we run some of the trip’s bigger rapids. Partway through the canyon, we stop to camp. Ridges to the west beckon for hiking, and we take some time to catch up on journaling, photography, and discovering the area’s cultural and natural history.

Day 7:

Just above the confluence of Sheep Creek we run some of the trip’s bigger rapids. Partway through the canyon, we stop to camp. Ridges to the west beckon for hiking, and we take some time to catch up on journaling, photography, and discovering the area’s cultural and natural history.

Day 8:

Wildlife spotting is a non-stop activity as we watch for ten species of raptor, Dall sheep, wolves, bears and caribou. Sometimes we’re fortunate to witness thousands of caribou from the 160,000-strong Porcupine Caribou Herd crossing the river and surrounding our camp.

Day 9:

As the plains spill before us, a rocky knoll known as Engigstiack rises a few hundred yards from the river. Though just one hundred feet high, Engigstiack provides great views over the plain.

Day 10:

We float across the plain to reach a campsite at the head of the Firth delta. Here vegetation is often draped in qiviut, the downy underhair of muskox, and we have a good chance of seeing some of these hairy beasts.

Day 11:

River channels get smaller as we approach the ocean, so we may walk along the flowering tundra in order to lighten the rafts through the shallows. On our last night we camp on the beach of Nunaluk Spit, at the mouth of the Firth River delta.

Day 12:

The Twin Otter will pick us up for a flight along the Arctic Ocean and coastal plains, back to Inuvik, where we will gather for a final dinner. Remember to book a hotel room for this night, and plan your flight no earlier than the next morning.

Day 13:

This is the last date listed for your trip. After goodbyes and a last look around Inuvik, we will head for home with a cargo of fond and spectacular memories.

Dates & Packages

Firth River Adventure

June 30, 2019 - July 13, 2019
July 14, 2019 - July 28, 2019
June 30, 2020 - July 13, 2020
July 14, 2020 - July 28, 2020

What Guests Are Saying

Incredible and fantastic trip, perhaps the best yet and that’s saying a lot! Especially as this is my 14th river trip nearly all of which have been with you. Great company, great management, and great guides! Stress free adventure travel at its very best! Thank you all!

- MARIANNE R.
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