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. The trip will begin and end in the Inuit Hamlet of Baker Lake in Nunavut.
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, paddling right into the community of Baker Lake.
You meet us in Baker Lake, Nu. From there 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 Baker Lake before our charter flight followed by 2 days on the Thelon Lakes and about 3-4 days paddling the lower Thelon back to the Hamlet. The final night will again be at a lodge in the community.
The trip will start and end in Baker Lake, Nu.
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 in Baker, Nu. Night at Baker Lake Lodge.
Day 2: Morning Charter Flight from Baker Lake, with Ookpik Aviation into Schultz Lake on Thelon River. 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. Arrival in Baker Lake afternoon of Day 8. Evening at Baker Lake Lodge.
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