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The Keele River’s turquoise waters flow through the towering Mackenzie Mountains offering thrilling, friendly whitewater for novice, intermediate or advanced paddlers with spectacular mountain vistas, superb fly-fishing and wildlife viewing. In 2012, Canoe North Adventures was honoured to have the Canadian Tourism Commission designate our Keele River Expedition, a coveted Canadian Signature Experience!
With six stunning canyons, the Mountain River is considered the most coveted whitewater canoe trip in Canada by seasoned river-guides. Its remote setting and lightning fast water with jaw-dropping mountain scenery will thrill you right to the confluence with the Mackenzie River. The canyons are defined by vaulted sheer cliff walls guarded by mysterious “gates” and challenging white-water suitable for intermediate or advanced canoeists.
Relaxed paddling on smooth current from Pelly Farm to Dawson City on the Pelly and Yukon Rivers takes us through a remarkable region full of the lore of the Klondike Goldrush captured so perfectly in the poetic words by Robert Service and the yarns of Jack London. This time of year offers summery night skies and perhaps our first glimpse of the magical and elusive Aurora Borealis. Novice, intermediate or vintage paddlers can step back through time on this historic, wilderness adventure capped off by a final paddle into Dawson City – our favourite frontier town!
The Horton River is the most northerly flowing river in mainland Canada. Its source at Horton Lake is located 80 miles north of Great Bear Lake in an area surrounded by vast rolling tundra plains. The Upper Horton is perfect for novice, intermediate or vintage canoeists with smooth steady current, crystal clear water and a few easy rapids for extra fun. The river’s most outstanding features are the ancient cliffs with towering eagle nests and the many opportunities to see falcons, eagles, caribou, wolves, muskoxen and grizzly bears. The Upper Horton also has superb lake trout, arctic char and grayling fishing.
The Horton River is the most northerly flowing river in mainland Canada. The floatplane lands at Whaleman River which is located exactly at the half-way point of this 600km long river. Some members of the Upper Horton group may join at this point to paddle to the coast. The open tundra is dotted with dwarfed black spruce trees. Three limestone canyons with technical whitewater present a challenge to novice to intermediate canoeists. Herds of muskoxen and caribou are often seen in this region along with arctic wolf-packs and lone grizzly bears.
A Canadian Heritage River, the Coppermine is steeped in ancient history of the early Copper Inuit and the more recent history and lore of explorers George Douglas, Samuel Hearn and John Franklin. The Coppermine flows northwesterly from the central territories through stunted taiga forest, rolling tundra plateaus and rugged granite cliffs at Rocky Defile. The historic Sandstone, Muskox and Escape Rapids are big volume rapids demanding both caution and expertise by intermediate or advanced canoeists.
The Snake is a pristine tributary of the Yukon’s Peel River watershed flowing due north along the Northwest Territories border on the Continental Divide. This classic northern river boasts abundant wildlife, alpine hiking, magnificent scenery and miles of challenging, runnable rapids ideal for intermediate canoeists. North of the tree line we come close to the Arctic Circle where there is a blend of barren tundra and sparse tree cover.
The breathtaking flight through the Mackenzie Mountains to O’Grady Lake sets the stage for an awesome whitewater adventure on the Natla River, a major tributary of the Keele River. The surrounding peaks are shrouded with hanging glaciers – these ranges offer challenging climbs for hiking enthusiasts. As you exit O’Grady Lake, the Natla picks up speed and offers intermediate or advanced canoeists challenging rapids with tight lines and technical rock-gardens.
The magical flight into Drum Lake sets the stage for this remote and seldom travelled river trip. Drum Lake boasts some of the finest trout fishing in the Northwest Territories. The Redstone offers miles of challenging whitewater for intermediate or advanced paddlers. The deep slot canyon of the lower Redstone easily rivals those of the Nahanni River. Big game sightings are almost a certainty due to the remote location of this river.
Over the years Canoe North has provided many personalized expeditions for Families, Camps, Independent Schools, Corporate Groups and Close Friends. Our world-class Outfitting Centre and Lodge provides Canoe North groups a unique advantage and home base for pre-trip preparations and training.