RIVER -- Paddle the
Arctic’s most spectacular barren’s
river past muskoxen and vast herds of barrenlands
caribou. Arctic wolves, barrenlands grizzly, arctic
fox and wolverines inhabit the sparse river valley.
Overhead golden eagles, peregrine falcons and gyrfalcons
grace the 24 hour daylight. We’ll find lake
trout and Arctic grayling and in the lower river,
Arctic char that have never seen a hook.
travelled even by the ancient Inuit the area is
perhaps best known for Franklin’s disastrous
attempted ascent of the river from Arctic Sound
in the fall of 1821. Eleven of the party of twenty
perished including Lt. Robert Hood for whom the
river is named. Our trip paddles the Hood across
the Contwoyto Plateau, past a series of lakes,
then down the river valley through exciting rapids
to the Wilberforce Hills. Here the river plunges
over a spectacular falls, twice the height of Niagara,
into Wilberforce Canyon.
we reach the sea at Arctic Sound some 260 km from
our start. For those with river paddling experience
this is a rare opportunity to explore one of the
worlds most remote river valleys.
- 15 days
||Sat. July 5 –
Sat. July 19