Paddle the Shelburne River in Nova Scotia on this Canadian Heritage River canoe adventure. Experience a life in the wilderness known to few of this century. From ancient 6000 year old Mi’kmaq travel routes and portage trails, to the century old relics of the sportsman era the Tobeatic is a playground for any explorer at heart.
Join your guide and begin your journey at the traditional and historic Jake’s Landing in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. Like many before in the centuries past you’ll follow the Mersey river (once the site of first nations camps and petroglyphs) and connect with The Shelburne, a Canadian Heritage River, via scenic spring-fed lakes and Parks maintained portage trails.
Enjoy truly rugged wilderness balanced with the comfort and convenience of a fully guided adventure. Learn about the rich history of Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site as well as the Tobeatic. Come with us and discover first hand a historical adventure by canoe.
Paddle the Porcupine River on this arctic canoe expedition. The Porcupine River is an arctic river that flows through Alaska and Yukon. The source of the river is located in the Olgivie Mountains, north of Dawson City and flows north for 721km (448 miles), before veering southwest. It flows through the community of Old Crow in Yukon and eventually flows into the Yukon River at Fort Yukon. It was discovered in 1842 by John Bell and the local herd of 125,000 caribou live in the river’s valley and is considered as one of the largest in the world. This tour is scheduled in September to coincide with the caribou migration and viewing of the aurora borealis (northern lights).
The Porcupine caribou herd migrates throughout northern Yukon and in the northwest of Alaska. For thousands years the herd was the only source of food, clothes, tools and houses for Gwitch’in and Inuvialuits living in this tundra region. This is still the case today. Indeed, the herd is still the major source of livelihood and the source of their cultural identity.
In the village of Old Crow, excitement is at its peak when the caribou are close, ready to cross the river. The local aboriginal residents wait and observe. Everyone knows that their clan’s livelihood depends on the quantity of meat, fish and wild fruits they can obtain to sustain them through the winter. When the caribou finally arrive, the news quickly spreads throughout the village and beyond and the tradition of the great caribou hunt begins.
Paddle through the heart of Aulavik National Park on this arctic canoeing expedition on the Thomsen River, one of the most northerly navigable waterways in northern Canada. The Thomsen River slowly flows through the park for 160 km and the Thomsen River valley is the lushest area in the park and is home to an abundance of wildlife.
River trips generally start at headwater lakes, at the park southern boundary or at Green Cabin, and usually end at Muskox River or Castel Bay. The trip takes between ten and fifteen days, depending on the start and end point. This allows for a few bad weather days and time to hike along the river corridor. The river may be iced until mid June and by early August, some sections may be too shallow to float a canoe. Thus, the best time to paddle the Thomsen River is late June to late July.
The Thomsen River valley is home to the world largest herd of muskoxen (47,000 muskoxen). They run through the valley’s marshes and feed with willow plants, grasses sedges and forbs. The valley is also home to Peary caribou (named after the explorer William Peary). On the lower course of the river -with lakes and ponds nearby- a migratory birds sanctuary was designated where you can find a variety of ducks and geese.
Explore arctic Canada on this canoeing expedition on the Soper River in Nunavut. The Soper River winds through the tundra covered hills of southern Baffin Island. Its valley, sheltered from harsh winds, supports a ‘forest’ of willows and a lush profusion of arctic wildflowers. Caribou, ptarmigan and arctic hare make the valley their home, and you can find arctic char in the river. The Inuit have used the Soper River as a vital source of food and travel for thousands of years.
Also called ‘Kuujuak’ (Great River), The Soper has been designated a Canadian Heritage River. This trip covers 60 km of current, Class 1 and occasional Class 2 whitewater, and will take place in SOAR inflatable canoes. This is a fabulous arctic adventure.
The 100 km long Soper River, known as the Kuujuaq by the Inuit, winds its way from the highlands of Baffin Island’s Meta Incognita Peninsula to the salt waters of Pleasant Inlet on the island’s south coast. The entire area surrounding the Soper River is protected through the formation of the Katannilik Territorial Park Reserve (1,500 square km) and the river itself has been chosen as an outstanding river and designated as a Canadian Heritage Waterway. Waterfalls splash down the steep valley walls; flowers, lichens, mushrooms and berries abound on the tundra. Animal and bird life is plentiful in the valley and includes caribou, Arctic and red foxes, wolves, Arctic hares, lemmings, peregrine and gyre falcons, rough legged hawks, snow buntings, horned larks and plovers, guillemots, turns, murres and ptarmigans.
For many centuries, Inuit people have hunted caribou in the Soper River valley for use as food, clothing and shelter. Traditionally, the Inuit from Lake Harbour have travelled north through the valley by foot or dogsled to rendezvous with Inuit families living in the caribou calving grounds to the north. As a result, the area is rich with Inuit lore and artifacts.
The trip also offers opportunities to experience modern Inuit life. In Iqaluit, “the place of fish”, there is an Anglican church with a Narwhal tusk cross and sealskin covered pews. After seven days on the river, you will arrive in the village of Lake Harbour (Kimmirut), home to an estimated 365 people and famous for the soapstone carvings that are created here. Your hosts will arrange a dinner of Arctic char, caribou stew, bannock and salad with some of the local residents. Weather permitting there is also an optional ad on of a boat trip out into the fjord where one can hopefully view icebergs, seals, perhaps even whales.
The Soper River offers fast current with many easy swifts and class 1 rapids and several larger Class II rapids. There is only 1 easy portage. Days on the water will be short, leaving plenty of time for hiking and relaxing at the campsite.
Participate in this classic Ottawa Valley whitewater river trip on the Coulonge River in Quebec. Whitewater author Hap Wilson describes the Coulonge River and its sister river, the Dumoine as "some" of the best whitewater canoeing in Canada. Here is why: when the earth cooled 300 million years ago, faults scored huge channels into the rock of the Laurentians. The Coulonge River became the perfect sluiceways for water, giving us the opportunity today to tempt fate and test our adrenal glands. A scenic Ottawa Valley canoe river trip, it offers classic Canadian Shield camping, stunning waterfalls and enjoyable class 1 & 2 rapids.
Of the two rivers, the Coulonge is the gentlest and ranks well for novice or intermediate paddlers. Geographically, it's a very diverse river with a number of exciting chutes and waterfalls, laid out in a valley through the beautiful Laurentian woods. The river's meandering is chopped into 69 runs, 70% of them Class II's, the longest being a seven mile stretch. But you better like getting in and out of canoes because there are 19 portages on the menu, although most of them thankfully short jogs around waterfalls -- the river drops a whopping 850 feet over its length.