Coppermine River, Nunavut

NEW for 2018!

Flowing north and crossing the Arctic Circle the Coppermine River passes from the stunted Tiaga forest and onto the rolling hills of the Barrens. Days are spent paddling through rolling hills and between granite cliffs and outcropping all while watching for ancient inukshuks, moose, caribou, muskox, Golden Eagles and Peregrine Falcons. As fishing opportunities present themselves we will wet the lines landing Arctic Char, Lake Trout and Arctic Grayling. Each day we will experience life in the Land of the Midnight Sun!

Our river journey ends at the community of Kugkluktuk home to the aboriginal Copper Inuit, Athapaskan Slavey, Chipewyan, and Dogrib Indians. Kugkluktuk is located at the mouth of the river as it enters into the Coronation Gulf on the way to the Arctic Ocean.

Dates: July 6-21st, 2019 (16 days)
Activity Level: 3 of 5
River classes: II & III
Client to
guide ratio (4:2)

Prerequisites: Basic/Intermediate Canoeing & Camping Skills


  • Adult: $5,800. Early registration SAVE $400 January 15 – March 31st

*Prices are given in US Dollars.

Included: Airfare from Yellowknife to the river and back, experienced & certified- ACA level 4 Instructor/Guides, whitewater decked tripping canoes, whitewater paddles, PFD’s, helmets, B/L/D + snacks, maps, tents, large and small dry bags & barrels, all group / kitchen equipment, first aide, river rescue / safety gear, emergency satellite phone, and trip photo DVD.
PLUS: Participate for FREE in our Wolf River Expedition Weekend, Langlade Wisconsin. Meet fellow paddlers, brush up on paddling strokes on class I-III rapids. Review and practice swiftwater safety protocols all in preparation for the summers expeditions.

Client Safety: While paddling and camping in brown and polar bear country, we take safety very seriously. First, we rely on a deep knowledge base and good judgment to make decisions that minimize risk. Second, we utilize the latest preventative safety equipment such as electric fencing, perimeter tripwires, bear bangers & screamers, bear spray and guides with shotguns.

Clients favorite meals: Breakfast: fried or hard boiled eggs with salsa, cloud berry pancakes, oatmeal with dried fruit, bagels, fresh oranges, coffee, tea, cappuccino or hot chocolate. Lunch: ham or sausage and cheese or peanut butter & jelly burritos, apples, fruit newtons, M&M cookies. Dinner: baked, fried or grilled fresh walleye or arctic grayling with lemon-pepper, creamy wild rice soup with northern pike strips, barbecue and brown sugar glazed lake trout, chicken pot pie, pan seared aged New York steak with sauteed mushrooms, corn, green beans with chive butter, three cheese biscuits, cherry cheese cake.

Not included: Hotels in Yellowknife, personal gear, clothing, sleeping bags, ground pads, passport, fishing license, etc. [a detailed gear list is sent to all participants]


The day before our departure, July 6, 2018, arrive in Yellowknife NWT. We recommend staying at The Explore Hotel, free shuttle, modern and comfortable. In the evening, you will meet and greet the remainder of your group, issue any remaining gear, and enjoy an evening of relaxing conversation and light refreshments.

Day 1
In the morning, July 7, 2018 we will shuttle as a group from the hotel to the airport where we will board a Plummer’s Arctic Lodge plane to the lodge on Big Bear Lake. We will stay overnight at the lodge.

Days 2
Day 2 begins with an early flight to the river where we will begin our descent of the river. If we are lucky, we may have our first encounter with caribou, moose and/or an elusive lone wolf!

Days 3-13
Explore the Coppermine River valley and experience an adventure of a lifetime.

  • Paddle “Big Bend”
  • Pass Kendall River
  • Hike September Mountains & take fantastic pictures
  • Run Muskox Rapids
  • Eat an amazing dinner of arctic grayling and cherry cheese cake
  • Pass Melville River
  • Take pictures of caribou
  • Fish for arctic char
  • Eat more fish
  • Run Escape Rapids and portage Bloody Falls
  • Drift by a group of muskox
  • Stay up late, take a midnight group walk and appreciate the endless summer days
  • Share a once in a lifetime experience with new friends

    Day 14
    We arrive at the community of Kugluktuk on the Arctic Ocean. Meet the local aboriginal people. Spend the afternoon exploring the town followed by a flight back to Plummer’s Lodge on Big Bear Lake.

    Day 15
    We will fly from Plummer’s Arctic Lodge back to Yellowknife. We recommend staying overnight and flying home in the morning.

    Day 16
    Fly home, savor the memories, and dream of your next adventure!

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