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Expedition raft trip on the Firth River in Ivvavik National Park in the Yukon


Float through one of the most remote areas in Canada on the expedition raft trip on the Firth River in northern Yukon.  Located at the northwestern tip of the Yukon is Ivvavik National Park, one of the most isolated national parks in the world. Issuing from the British Mountains of the Brooks Range, the wild and remote Firth River flows through the centre of this park to the Beaufort Sea.  As your guide maneuvers the raft, you will have lots of time to take in the sights and fully enjoy this Arctic paradise.

Wildlife which includes muskox, caribou, wolves and eagles are enhanced by the beauitful Arctic plant life on a variety of day hikes.  Ivvavik National Park is the first national park in Canada created as the result of a First Nations land claim agreement.  You travel by raft on this high arctic tundra river from the British Mountains on the border of Alaska and the Yukon through Ivvavik National Park to Nunaluk Spit in the Beaufort Sea near Herschel Island. Rafting over 11 river days, you journey 150 kilometres (94 miles) with an approximate elevation drop of 460 metres (1500 feet).

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Expedition Raft Trips
SEASON

June to July

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your guides are licensed and very experienced and knowledgeable of the area.  Your licensed guide/interpreters are among the best in the north. Because guides are the most significant variable in selecting a holiday, we maintain a 1:4 guide to guest ratio to ensure that you receive maximum benefit of their knowledge assistance and good nature. They strive for the most consistent level of knowledge of flora, fauna, geology, geomorphology and cultural human history.

RESTRICTIONS

No past paddling experience required. Beginners are welcome.

$147.20 CAD per person park fee applies to all trips.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag and pad, sunglasses, sunscreen, day pack, insect repellent, water bottle, pocketknife, matches, whistle.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Inuvik is accessible by air from Calgary, Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta and Yellowknife, NWT.   It is also accessible by car via the Dempster Highway. 

WEATHER

Be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions.  The mean daily temperature in the summer is 15 degrees Celsius, but may range from 0 to 20 degrees Celsius.                                      

REGION
Northern Yukon
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Rafts and equipment, tents, group camping equipment.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Clothing that will keep you warm and dry.  Clothing made out of polypropylene, polyester, wool and silk are best for dryness.  Rain gear, warm jacket, long pants, sweater, hat, gloves, rubber boots. Full packing list provided upon booking.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera (waterproof), binoculars, flashlight, bug jacket, fishing gear.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations in tent campsites while on the river.  Hotel accommodations in Inuvik before and after the trip are required and not included in the price.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals while on the river are included. Creative variety and nutritious with ample snacks available during the day. With advance notice we cater to special dietary needs.  Meals while staying at the hotel are not included.

14 day tour, available June - July
$11575.00 / per person - CAD
2019 dates: June 30-July 13, July 14-28.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 30% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Your deposit is refundable less a $100 administration fee until 90 days prior to your trip departure date - then your final payment will be due, and all deposits become non-refundable. Trip Cancellation & Medical Evacuation Insurance is available, and highly recommended. Insurance is refundable until the 90 day non-refundable period.

14 day tour, available June - July

Day 0

MACKENZIE DELTA RENDEZVOUS
This is the first date listed for your trip.The trip starts and ends in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. To get there, you fly to Whitehorse, Yukon or Yellowknife, NWT and connect with a flight to Inuvik, NWT in the Mackenzie Delta where this giant river flows into the Beaufort Sea.

Trip participants meet the trip leader and two guides at the Arctic Chalet at 8 p.m., the night before the start of our journey. The Firth is in the Yukon, but Inuvik – in the northwest corner of the Northwest Territories – is the closest town with a jet-serviced airport.

Day 1

MARGARET LAKE
We’ll have some time for last minute errands in Inuvik in case you need to pick up something at the Northern Store or get a National Parks fishing license from Parks Canada. The flight into Ivvavik National Park will leave Inuvik Airport around 10 a.m. We fly in a deHavilland Twin Otter aircraft, the workhorse aircraft of the North. The route takes us over the vast maze of the Mackenzie River Delta; one of the largest in the world, home to nesting swans, ducks and geese. As we reach the mountains we keep our eyes peeled for large mammals– caribou, muskox, moose, bears. The hour-long flight to the river put-in takes us across north Yukon close to the border with Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Ivvavik was Canada’s first national park created by a land claim. We land near Margaret Lake on “tundra tires. ”Guides will set up camp and inflate rafts while you explore your surroundings.

Day 2

BRITISH MOUNTAINS
At first, the winding river has a quiet nature. Low banks reveal unobstructed views up the valley and limestone crags rise from the river. Our rafts glide across deep clear pools full of grayling and char. The area is summer habitat for many migrating birds: phalaropes, sandpipers, plovers, jaegers, terns, buntings, longspurs and even robins. Caribou migration trails line the hillsides. Red fox and ptarmigan are common. The open tundra was made for wildlife watching and hiking– we carry a spotting scope to take advantage of viewing opportunities.

Day 3

RAPIDS AND RIDGE HIKES
The culinary delights for which we are famous are once again whipped up by our talented guides. A few days into the journey, you begin to realize how this land has been used by indigenous cultures for thousands of years. Along much of the route, there are ancient signs of human use. The Inuit would leave the coast to travel inland and hunt caribou and moose and fish for char. When we pick a nice campsite – one with good wildlife viewing opportunities or perhaps a great fishing hole – we may find remains of old meat caches and stone rings.

Day 4

Day 4-5

ANCIENT MOUNTAINS
Downstream of Joe Creek the river enters a spectacular canyon that continues for 40 km. The landscape transforms as the
limestone rock gives way to volcanics, mountains rise and vegetation changes. The middle part of our adventure takes
us through the ancient, unglaciated and jagged British Mountains. The Firth winds among these stained, eroding peaks, alternating between quiet pools and exhilarating rapids. In places remnants remain of stone fences built by Inuit hunters to funnel caribou into enclosures.

Day 6

Day 6-7

SHEEP CREEK
Just above the confluence of Sheep Creek we run some of the trip’s bigger rapids. Partway through the canyon, we stop to camp. Ridges to the west beckon for hiking, and we take some time to catch up on journaling, photography, and discovering the area’s cultural and natural history.

Day 8

CARIBOU & FIRTH CANYON
Wildlife spotting is a non-stop activity as we watch for ten species of raptor, Dall sheep, wolves, bears and caribou.
Sometimes we’re fortunate to witness thousands of caribou from the 160,000-strong Porcupine Caribou Herd crossing the river and surrounding our camp. Soon the British Mountains merge into the Buckland Hills. The canyon walls are left behind and the Firth emerges onto the coastal plain. At the end of the day you will cozy up in your tent in the comforts that are the hallmarks of our journeys.

Day 9

ENGIGSTIACK; ANCIENT ANTHROPOLOGY
As the plains spill before us, a rocky knoll known as Engigstiack rises a few hundred yards from the river. Though just one hundred feet high, Engigstiack provides great views over the plain. We climb this timeless hill, an important archaeological site
where hunters have stood for 8,000 years gazing across the tundra.

Day 10

MUSKOX HABITAT
We float across the plain to reach a campsite at the head of the Firth delta. Here, vegetation is often draped in qiviut, the downy underhair of muskox, which is one of the world's most valuable wools, and we have a good chance of seeing some of these hairy beasts in person!

Day 11

ARCTIC OCEAN & BEAUFORT SEA
River channels get smaller as we approach the ocean, so we may walk along the flowering tundra in order to lighten the rafts through the shallows. On our last night we camp on the beach of Nunaluk Spit, at the mouth of the Firth River delta. Here we’ll enjoy the first campfire of the trip, thanks to plentiful driftwood. Ocean currents carry nutrient-rich waters along this coast, attracting birds, mammals, whales and other sea life.

Day 12

ARCTIC OCEAN FLIGHT
The Twin Otter will pick us up for a flight along the Arctic Ocean and coastal plains, back to Inuvik, where we will gather for a final dinner. Remember to book a hotel room for this night, and plan your flight no earlier than the next morning.

Day 13

HOME BOUND
This is the last date listed for your trip. After goodbyes and a last look around Inuvik, we will head for home with a cargo of fond and spectacular memories.

Please note: The above is a tentative itinerary and has been designed with much thought to capitalize on the most scenic and exciting parts of the river, while making time on other sections. Your guides will adjust the schedule to make the best use of river and weather conditions.