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Canoeing expedition on the Porcupine River in northern Yukon


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.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
River Canoeing
SEASON

August and September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
5
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your qualified guides are certified in arctic travel and whitewater canoeing. All guides are equipped with a satellite phone, a GPS and updated maps. Therefore, you will always be connected to the closest first-aid post. 1:7 guide to client ratio.

Both English and French speaking guides are available.

RESTRICTIONS

This tour is suitable for beginner paddlers with some canoeing and camping experience. There is no whitewater on this tour. You will paddle 30 km per day (about 4 hours) and there will be small hikes of 1-2 hours available along the route.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag and pad.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Whitehorse, Yukon.  Floatplane ride from Inuvik to Summit Lake is included in the package price. Flight from Whitehorse to Inuvik and Old Crow back to Whitehorse is not included in the price.

Whitehorse is accessible by air from Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton, Alberta.

Participants should arrive in Whitehorse the day before Day 1 to meet up with the guide and do a gear check.

WEATHER

September in northern Yukon should be warm and dry with cool evenings. But be prepared for sudden temperature fluctuations at any time.

REGION
Northern Yukon
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

All group camping gear including tents and cooking equipment. Canoes and equipment.

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.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Daypack, water bottle, flashlight, first aid kit, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, binoculars.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are in tent campsites along the river. Package includes 2 nights accommodations in Inuvik.

Accommodations in Whitehorse are not included in the price.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals are included and are prepared by your guide during the canoeing trip. Meals while in Inuvik are also included.

16 day tour, available July - August
$3900.00 / per person - CAD

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.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
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16 day tour, available July - August

Day 1

Arrive in Inuvik. Overnight at a local lodge.

Day 2

Transfer by floatplane to Summit Lake.

Day 3

Days 3-14: Canoeing the Bell, Little Bell and Porcupine River.

Day 15

Floatplane transfer back to Inuvik. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 16

Transfer to the Inuvik airport for departure.