Retrace the steps of the famous explore John Franklin on this rafting expedition on the Coppermine River, a remote and beautiful arctic river in northern Canada. Flowing to the Arctic Ocean and near the Arctic Circle, the Coppermine River is famous for its nesting raptors including Gyrfalcons, Peregrine Falcons, Rough-legged Hawks, Golden and Bald eagles. Follow Franklin's Footsteps to the "Polar Sea" and experience the wildlife and unequalled beauty of the "Land of the Midnight Sun."
On this Coppermine River raft trip, you'll cross the Arctic Circle and paddle to Franklin's "Polar Sea." Names like Bloody Falls and Rocky Defile foreshadow the adventure that awaits, and contrasts the abundance of showy Arctic flowers. The Coppermine River features spectacular fishing for Arctic grayling and char.
The Coppermine River offers a combination of flat water and challenging big water rapids that makes this rafting trip the ultimate adventure for the novice paddler. You will paddle the Coppermine over 12 river days, from Big Bend to the hamlet of Kugluktuk (formerly Coppermine). The journey is approximately 215 kilometres (135 miles) with an elevation drop of 280 metres (900 feet). The river begins in the stark Arctic tundra, passes through the dense spruce forests in the Redrock and Rocknest Lakes region, and ends up descending through the low lying mountain ranges and rolling hills of the barrenlands.