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Canoe with the muskox on this arctic expedition on the Thomsen River in NWT


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. 

High above the arctic circle, the Thomsen river is the northerly most canoe-able river in North America. Flowing north through Aulavik National Park, the Thomsen provides an arctic oasis for wildlife. Most of the worldʼs population of Muskox can be found grazing near these river banks. Many other fascinating arctic species can be found here including the Peary caribou, snow geese, and the snowy owl. The Thomsen river valley has been used by ancient Inuit cultures for thousands of years. Archeological sites dot the landscape. Some ruins date back more then 4000 years. Rich in history and wildlife, the Thomsen river offers an arctic experience like no other.

This river can only be accessed by air. We will land on a remote airstrip near the centre of Banks Island. Our canoe trip starts near the headwaters of the Thomsen river. We will descend the river using Ally folding canoes to the mouth of the River, at McClure Straight in the Arctic ocean. The route descends almost 200 meters in just over 160 kilometers. The paddling is easy with gentle moving water, a few swifts and some shallower sections. The hiking is easy and accessible. Gentle sloping tundra hills lead you from the river banks to the tundra plateaus above.

Although this is an extremely remote location, the Thomsen River is suitable for the novice arctic explorer. Experienced arctic travelers will still appreciate the exceptional wildlife, the Some arctic camping experience is helpful but not necessary. Advanced canoeing and backpacking skills are not required - just a sense of adventure and reasonable health and fitness for your age.

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TRIP DETAILS
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MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
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TRIP TYPE
River Canoeing
SEASON

June to July

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
5
GUIDE INFORMATION

1:5 guide to client ratio. Each principal guide has an extensive outdoor background, formal training and leadership experience. On this expedition there will be an assistant guide. The guides are always ready to provide coaching and helpful advice on any aspect of the trip and will attempt to maximize the spirit of adventure for each individual. Your safety is their prime concern and your guide will make decisions with this in mind. We must stress that listening carefully to instructions given by the guide is your responsibility and in the best interest of you and the group. Each group\ member is encouraged to contribute to the tasks of the trip and your guides will act as helpful resource people. Lastly, as this is your holiday, the guides have a real sense of fun and excitement, and will help to make this your trip of a lifetime!

 

RESTRICTIONS

The Thomsen River requires only basic canoeing skills. Some arctic camping experience is helpful, but not required. Weather conditions can be challenging - you should be prepared for cold. The river is very remote - a medical evacuation could take several days. Good health and reasonable fitness for your age are a must.

At the campsite everyone pitches in with setting up tents, preparing meals, telling stories etc. The guides coordinate things and are always ready to assist you in any tasks. They will provide expert coaching and lots of personal attention. Feel free to call our office to discuss your suitability for this trip.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag and pad.

 

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Package includes flight between Inuvik and Banks Island.  Inuvik is accessible by air from Edmonton, Alberta and your guides can arrange this flight at a reduced rate.

WEATHER

Cool and dry conditions are normal summer weather on Banks Island, but be prepared for sudden temperature fluctuations. Banks Island is considered to be in an Arctic Tundra climatic zone. This characterized by long, extremely cold winters, and short cool dry summers. In July, the temperature reaches a daily average high of 10°C. The Islands only settlement of Sachs Harbour receives about 150 mm of precipitation a year. The area is a polar desert and winds can be very strong. It is fairly sunny in June / July. However, weather can change quickly in the arctic, and snow storms have been reported in every month of the year. Ice fog is common near the coast. Mosquitos may exist in sheltered warm areas near the river.

REGION
Northwest Territories
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Camping equipment, Ally packable folding canoes and equipment and tents.

 

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm clothing to suit a variety of temperatures.  Rain gear, long pants, fleece or wool clothing, gloves, hat, warm jacket, wool socks, rubber boots. A detailed clothing personal clothing list will be
provided.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Daypack, camera, binoculars, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, pocketknife.

ACCOMMODATIONS

While on the canoe trip accommodations are in tent camps along the river. Hotel accommodations in Inuvik are an additional cost.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals while on the camping trip are included and prepared by your guides. 

Menus are delicious and nutritious. Everyone helps out cooking meals over a wood fire or camping stove from a combination of fresh, dried and freeze-dried products.

Breakfasts consist of cereal, fruit and a main course such as blueberry pancakes or eggs and bacon. At lunch you will enjoy a selection of breads (rye bread, bagels, tortillas) with cheeses, sliced meats or veggies ... and of course, good old peanut butter and jam, followed up by cookies or fruit. 

Dinner consists of hors d’oeuvres, a main course then dessert. Entrees include chicken stir fry and pesto / pine nut / red pepper pasta. Perhaps we’ll have a salad and finish up with brownies or a lemon desert. On cooler days, a hearty mug of steaming soup is always available, along with tea, coffee, hot chocolate or cold drinks. If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions you should contact our office. You will be required to assist in your menu preparation. We don’t want anyone going hungry or reduced to eating boring food!

15 day tour, available June 2018 - July 2018
$11350.00 / per person - CAD
2018 dates: June 15-29, June 27-July 11.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
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