Coppermine River | Guided Canoe Trip

Trip Overview

The barrenlands give birth to the Coppermine River, a Canadian Heritage River that jostles through a rock-ribbed landscape, bound for the far Arctic.

Reached by bush plane from Yellowknife, our trip on the Coppermine River involves 15 days of adventure – and provides a lifetime of stories.

The Arctic Circle is a line of lore and legend – and the Coppermine River is the only trip we run where you can cross it by canoe (66°33′46.4″ N). You’ll cross into the true polar zone, a mythic region on a fraction of the travelers on earth have ever entered.

Paddle in the footsteps of Sir John Franklin’s journey to the Arctic Ocean, where you’ll have the option to take (short) swim at the end of your trip – if you are so brave! There is a deep history along the Coppermine River from the early Copper Inuit to explorers George Douglas, Samuel Hearne and Sir John Franklin.

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Safety Notes

The Coppermine River has challenging and exciting rapids. This trip is suitable for intermediate and advanced canoeists with whitewater experience.

The most challenging whitewater days will come at the very end of your trip, offering ample time to hone your skills in the upper sections. Rocky Defile (67°02’07.77”N, 116°12’11.86W) is one of the spiciest rapids you’ll encounter. Granite cliffs funnel the river down a one-km canyon.

“Our guide was always thinking, keeping the abilities of his clients in the forefront” – Kim M, USA

Gear Notes

A detailed personal clothing and equipment list will be emailed to participants following registration.


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Call us at 1 (867) 445-4512 for more information about our guided Coppermine River canoe adventure through the barrenlands in northern Canada!

Trip Details

  • Departure Months: July, August
  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Services Available: Guided, Meals
  • Group Rates: Upon Request

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