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If you’ve ever dreamed of a canoe and camping trip in the beautiful treeless Tundra this is the ideal way to give it a try. We’ve planned a great 9 Day adventure on the Lower stretches of the world famous Thelon River. The Thelon River is one of Canada’s most iconic, beautiful and remote barrenland rivers.
Paddling and camping in the arctic can be truly stunning. The long daylight hours combined with the rugged and beautiful treeless landscape offers fantastic opportunities for walking, hiking and exploration from almost all campsites. Flora and fauna viewing is great! Caribou, Musk Ox, Arctic Wolves, Fox, raptors such as Gyre Falcons, and a host of other species may all be seen. In the heat of the summer sun, wildflowers and arctic plants flourish and bloom with the long summer daylight. At some campsites archeological evidence of past use of the land may be seen. This will be a relaxed pace trip with lots of time to enjoy this amazing environment. If you like to fish, the opportunities are world class! We’ll spend a few days on the Thelon’s mighty lakes followed by 3 or 4 on the very fast flowing Thelon River itself.
We will fly by charter plane into an ‘off strip’ landing site, putting down with tundra tires next to the river on a gravel bar. We will spend a night in town before our charter flight followed by 2 days on the Thelon Lakes and about 3-4 days paddling the lower Thelon back to town. The final night will again be at a lodge in the community.
Previous Camping and Canoeing Experience is Required, but no previous white water experience is necessary.
(Note: this is a suggested itinerary only, conditions on each trip may vary)
Sat: Day 1: Meet group at start local.
Day 2: Morning Charter Flight . Campsite set up near Landing site
Day 3: Exploration of area around landing site. Hiking, fishing, enjoying the environment.
Day 4-5: Paddling on Schultz Lake
Day 6-8: Paddling the swift flowing Lower Thelon from Schultz to Baker Lake. Note: Exact route and timing will vary depending on group interest and weather. There will be lots of time to hike, fish, look for archeological sites and generally enjoy
I was hoping that you could thank [Brian and Matt] again for us and let them know what a remarkable experience they facilitated for my wife and I. We will certainly remember it for a lifetime. We had so much fun that we can hardly decide what trip to do next.Jeremy MillerThe meals!! Exceptional, varied, delicious and nutritious come to mind. Meals are never an ‘afterthought’ with highlights including such as sushi on the river bank featuring freshly caught Arctic char, cheese fondue, chocolate fondue ... each meal offers something to look forward to at the end of a hard paddling day.Merrilyn Lindsay business ownerI have known and paddled with Shawn since 1974. He is an amazing guide and canoeist and I have canoed with him from Northern Ontario to the far Arctic, east to west coast. I lead my own local Ontario canoe trips every year, but when I want a guided remote wilderness adventure, there is none better than Shawn and Wanapitei Canoe to take me there.David Wilkie, DVM professor and veterinarianI did my first big canoe trip with Wanapitei in 1980 and had a wonderful experience. I have done many since and always have enjoyed the good leadership, organization, and company on each one, not to mention the great rivers.Peter Milliken, PC lawyer and politicianPaddling the Hess River with Shawn this summer was a thrill and the adventure of a lifetime. The river, country, wildlife, and as important, the people on the trip were all a superb. The whole experience was first rate and an inspiration to do more.Didier Maclaine Pont invester/paddlerAfter not having canoed since my teen years, I was excited but nervous about taking up my paddle again in midlife. Shawn's skill and experience made my trip with him one of the best I could have imagined. I highly recommend his trips.James Gardner vp - marketingI had an incredible time—nothing short of amazing! I'll be back, as they say.Chris Cunningham author