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Canoeing expedition on the Keele River in the Northwest Territories


Paddle the scenic Keele River in the Northwest Territories.The Keele River trip is an unique opportunity for any paddler to experience one of the acclaimed mountain-style rivers of the Northwest Territories. Most of these exceptional wilderness rivers require advanced whitewater skills but anyone can paddle the Keele with expert guides. This canoeing expedition is a combination of mountain scenery, gentle whitewater, wildlife and adventure.

This river drains a vast area north of the Nahanni from the Yukon border to the Mackenzie River and this trip starts at the mouth of the Natla River.

The river is broad and flows swiftly but there are no portages. With instruction from the guides you'll enjoy countless miles of swifts, rapids with standing waves, several canyons and lots of manoeuvering through gravel bars. The river cuts through several beautiful mountain ranges. This is alpine scenery on a grand scale with peaks over 2250 meters. You can hike into the mountains and enjoy the outlooks high above the river.

Natural salt licks on the shore attract large game to the river. You should see caribou and Dall's sheep. Wolves, moose, bears and wolverine live along the river. Bald eagles, osprey, falcons and waterfowl are common to the Keele. Anglers will find grayling and dolly varden in the eddies. Experienced arctic canoeists will love the Keele but any paddler can do this trip.

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

July to August

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
8
GUIDE INFORMATION

Guides at 5:1 ratio. Your guides are exceptionally qualified. Each principal guide has an extensive outdoor background, formal training and leadership experience. Most tours will also have an assistant guide.

RESTRICTIONS

This is a relatively easy river for a northern trip in the mountains. There are miles of swifts, strong current and braided Class I-II rapids. You will have to pick out a route from several choices in fast flowing water and follow it through moderate waves between gravel bars. There may be hazards such as sweepers, floating logs, sudden turns and shallows. It can be contemplated by a novice whitewater paddler with a some knowledge of whitewater strokes, manoeuvers and safety. More advanced paddlers will enjoy the river but will find it more relaxing than Level 2 & 3 expeditions. Be prepared to share in the tasks of group living in the outdoors (setting up camp, cooking, etc.). The guides will always be able to assist you in tasks and provide coaching in canoeing skills.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag and pad.

TRANSPORTATION

The trip begins and ends in the northern town of Norman Wells, Northwest Territories. It is accessible by air from Yellowknife or Edmonton. Air fare packages to and from Edmonton can be added to your tour. Discount rates available.

WEATHER

The weather is best described as ‘mountain’ weather: variable and quickly changeable. We’ve seen days in the 30° C range in the same week as snow on the mountain tops!  Expect day time temperatures between 15° C and 30° C. Evenings are cooler, but it is unlikely to go down below freezing. The area has moderate annual rainfall.

REGION
Northwest Territories
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Canoes and equipment, tents, group camping gear, safety equipment, dry barrels, charter flight from Norman Wells to the put in location and boat shuttle from the take out point back to Norman Wells.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Rain jacket, rain pants, wind breaker, quick dry pants, warm pants, synthetic t-shirt, warm socks, warm hat, gloves, fleece underclothes, sun hat, river shoes or sports sandals, camp shoes.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations will be tent campsites along the river.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals while on the canoe trip are included. The menus are delicious and nutritious. Meals are cooked over a wood fire, charcoal -heated dutch oven or camping stove from a combination of fresh, dried and freeze-dried products.

12 day tour, available July, 2019 - August, 2019
$6295.00 / per person - CAD
July 14-25, August 11-22, 2019.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Cancellations up to 61 days, deposit refundable minus $100. From 31 - 60 days we retain 50% of the fee. From 15 - 30 days we retain 75% of the fee. From 0 - 14 days we retain 100% of the fee.
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