Our Arctic Intro Paddling trip for 2017 will be an early summer trip along one of Canada’s almost unknown yet incredibly beautiful and remote rivers. The exact route & dates of the trip will vary from year to year depending on water-levels and the nature of the group. The plan for 2017 is to start on an in-named small river in Nunavut’s central barrens travelling for the 1st third or more of the trip down this stunningly beautiful and fast flowing River. There will be few to no portages along the whole trip, we will be travelling by in large north of the treeline. As we travel north downriver other small rivers join, some small, some quite large, the current continues most of the way, though it does slow some near the end of the trip. A wide variety of flora and fauna can be seen along the trip. We would hope to see Musk Ox, Caribou, Wolves, Fox, Moose, Bear in addition to many many types of waterfowl and other arctic birds.
The trip will start and end in Baker Lake, Nu.
We will spend 4 or 5 days travelling down our first small river. It is a small to medium sized river that flows through a beautiful canyon for much of its distance. It is mostly fast current and small rapids. There is fantastic hiking from most campsites on the river. A quick climb out of the shallow valley and the panoramic vistas of the rolling tundra extend off in every direction. Numerous eskers make for easy walking. On the 2nd half of the trip we will enter Nunavut’s Back River, even though we are farther north there are a few more trees due to the impact of the larger river valley, though barrenland tundra still dominates. The topography is quite varied, sometimes flat, sometimes hilly with cliffs, sandy at times, sometimes treed, sometimes not.
We are going early to get maximum water flow on the upper river, to enjoy the early summer wildflowers and to get maximum daylight, and warm temperatures (we hope). Water temperatures though will still be cold. Large lakes are often still frozen this time of year, and the small lakes where we land will only have been ice free for a few weeks. This area has been uninhabited for many generations, but there is still ample evidence of where Native groups used the river. We will see tent rings and other evidence of past use.
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)
, 12 day trip
Day 0, meeting day: Your Flights to Meeting Location, group meet & greet.
Day 1: Charter Flights into Nunavut and the River, Camp at Lake.
Day 2-5 – 1st Small River. Swift Flowing, easy Rapids, time for hiking
Day 6-11 – Lower Back River – Slower current, larger river, Time for Hikes, fishing, exploration.
Day 12: Charter Flights out of River to Baker Lake, Nu.
Day 13: Your Flights home.