Thaidene Nene National Park | Guided Canoe Trip

Trip Overview

This 65 mile long canoe trip in Thaidene Nene National Park lies a short distance past the treeline (edge of the forest) in the Barren Lands, west of the Thelon River headwaters. Although tundra predominates, we are technically within the “transition zone” between the boreal forest and the tundra where large stands of spruce trees occur at lower elevations and along parts of the lake shores.

The route lies within the boundaries of Thaidene Nene National Park (Canada’s newest national park) stretching all the way from the East Arm of Great Slave lake to the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary. Thaidene Nene translates to “Land of our Ancestors”.

A major attraction of Thaidene Nene National Park is the wildlife. We’ll undoubtedly see muskox. Up to 50 muskoxen were spotted on this trip in 2019, in 4 herds, 2 of which practically wandering into our camp! The timing of the trip is at the height of the breeding season for them.

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Safety Notes

This canoe trip is virtually 100% flat-water paddling on lakes of various sizes with only one portage possibility. Due to the remoteness of this trip, previous canoeing and camping experience is a prerequisite. Those considering this canoe trip should have some flat-water experience.

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

Gear Notes

– Charter flight from Fort Smith or Yellowknife to Thaidene Nene National Park, return

– Shuttles from the airport when in Fort Smith or Yellowknife, NWT

– Certified guides with a maximum ratio of 5:1

– Royalex expedition canoes and knee pads

– Werner paddles, PFDs, throw bags

– Group gear for each expedition (tarp, kitchen equipment, utensils, water filtration, etc)

– Personal watertight barrel or drybag

– Expedition first aid kit and canoe repair kit

– Emergency satellite phone, two-way radios for guide staff

– Expedition tents by Mountain Hardware

– hearty and nutritious meals including snacks while on trip

– Group will be limited to 10 participants + 2 guides


Drop us a line at (867) 445 4512 to find out more about our Thaidene Nene National Park trip to true wilderness in Canada!

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Trip Details

  • Departure Months: August, September
  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Services Available: Guided, Meals
  • Group Rates: Upon Request

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