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"What sets a canoeing expedition apart is that it purifies you more rapidly
and inescapably than any other. Travel a thousand miles by train and you are
a brute; pedal five hundred on a bicycle and you remain basically a bourgeois;
paddle a hundred in a canoe and you are already a child of nature." Pierre
Elliot Trudeau - (1919-2000)
Why Canoeing? Pierre Trudeau, world statesman and former Canadian Prime Minister,
best presents the soul of canoeing . Read his full essay about canoeing in
the Canadian wilderness, Exhaustion
and Fulfillment: The Ascetic in a Canoe.
“One of the features that made things easier
for us was the pickup and drop-off at the hotel. Not having to rent a car
was nice, since it would sit for most of the week anyways, as well as not
having to worry about ferry schedules etc.”
Robert Smyth., London, Ontario
Canoeing Trips 2013
Canoeing Questions? Go to Frequently Asked
Canoeing the Bowron Lakes
- 10 Days/ Class 1 with some Class II - Beginner
A world famous and popular chain of lakes. The Bowron is considered the
quintessential lake canoeing experience in Canada.
Algonquin Park Canoe Trip -
6 Days/ Class 1 with some Class II - Beginner
This is an exciting wilderness odyssey into the heart of the interior
of Algonquin Park. We will travel through many beautiful wilderness lakes
using light weight Kevlar canoes and short easy portage routes. The wildlife
and fishing here is outstanding!
Nahanni River Canoeing - 8 & 14
Days/ Class 2/3 Intermediate
The Nahanni is Canada's most celebrated wilderness river and has long been
favored as the country's classic river trip. Nahanni National Park Reserve
was honored by UNESCO in 1979 as the first named World Heritage Site.
Canoeing Yukon's Wind River
- 12 Days/ Class 1/2 Intermediate
The Yukon wilderness at its best. Remoteness, wildlife, layover days for
high country hiking, and the clearest waters one can hope to drink from.
Canoeing Yukon Rivers - Class 1 with some Class II - Beginner
We have selected the Teslin - Pelly - Yukon Rivers for their history,
wildlife and scenic landscapes.
Pelly River - 8 days
Over a hundred years ago explorers used the Pelly as a link to the Yukon
River and the gold fields of the Klondike. The remote Pelly River flows
through the Anvil Range providing paddlers with great wildlife viewing
opportunities and superb alpine views.
Teslin - 9 days Yukon
River - 10 days Teslin-Yukon
- 19 days
In 1898 - the year of the Klondike Gold Rush -- it seemed that everyone
was heading to the Yukon to seek his fortune. Today, abandoned settlements
and sunken ship hulls recall the era of goldrushers, paddlewheelers, and
settlers as they made their way up and down the Teslin and Yukon Rivers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If your question is not answered here, check General
Questions, or contact our office.
Do I have to have paddling experience?
No, but it would be helpful if you familiarize yourself with the rudimentary
strokes: forward, reverse, "j", draw, pry and sweep. Our guides
will instruct you in these strokes and before too long you should be comfortable
in their use. We have selected rivers and lakes that are suitable for the
What qualifies a river as
being suitable for beginners?
Physical requirements for river trips are generally modest. Rivers are ranked
according to the difficulty of their most severe rapids:
||Easy flat water/lake and mild waves-current/river. Few or no obstructions, all easy to avoid.
Some maneuvering may be required to navigate around log jams or sweepers. Risk to swimmers is slight. Self-rescue is easy.
||Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels that are obvious without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium-size waves are easily avoided with some training. Swimmers are seldon injured. Group rescue is seldom necessary.
||Moderate waves and narrower
channels due to obstructions such as rocks or gravel bars. Quick and
accurate river reading is required with instinctive maneuvers orchestrated
with a paddling partner.
||Expert whitewater canoeist.
Difficult, with narrow channels obstructed by rocks, steep and narrow
What if I'm an experienced paddler?
The fact that you have had previous canoeing experience should in no way
detract from your enjoying the trip.
Can children come along?
Equipment and physical constraints may limit your child's participation.
We can usually place youngsters in the middle of the canoe. Call our office
to discuss whether the expedition is suitable for your child.
What kind of canoes do you use?
We use, Clipper , 17' canoes, for expeditions. They have proven themselves
to be stable and comfortable craft.
Do I have to be in good physical shape?
There is a correlation between your physical readiness and your enjoyment
of paddling. We will send home some conditioning ideas for you. Normal upper
body strength and flexibility are key. Paddling is more technique than strength.
How much paddling will I do?
Generally speaking we like to get going around 9 and get into camp around
4. This would be interrupted with lunch, shore breaks, drifting, wildlife
viewing, photographic opportunities. Some days may find us setting camp
early due to poor weather and other days extending our days to make up for
When is the best time to do a trip?
We schedule all of our trips to coincide with the best weather and the best
time to see wildlife.
What are your guides' qualifications?
Our guides have a keen interest in the outdoors, love their work, and enjoy
sharing their knowledge. They are certified in canoeing, wilderness first
aid, and emergency procedures. They possess backgrounds in areas such as
natural and cultural history, photography and low impact wilderness travel.
What is the size of your groups?
Maximum of ten participants and 2 guides. A small group minimizes impact
on the areas we visit, allows more individualized attention, develops group
bonding, and better ensures safety.
Can I join your expedition if I'm alone?
Yes, as many persons come to us on their own. Most groups consist of couples,
singles and friends traveling together.