Soper River (Meta Incognita Peninsula - Nunavut)
July 2 - 10 • July 15 - 23 • July
29 - August 6
Ultimate Northern Canoe Trip . . . Canada’s
Baffin Island - now Inuit governed Nunavut Territory - lies to the
north of the Labrador sea, and to the west of Greenland. It offers
some of the earth’s most spectacular and dramatic glacial
arctic landscapes. Rugged coastlines are indented with countless
fiords; glaciers cover much of the wild interior. The rolling tundra
glows with delicate arctic flowers and lichens - all illuminated
by the sublime radiance of the midnight sun.
Inhabited by the proud
and stalwart Inuit, Baffin Island is also home
to the full range of arctic wildlife; caribou, seals, walrus and
polar bears roam freely, and roughly 12% of the North American bird
population breeds on Baffin. Renowned for its artists, the vibrant
culture of the Baffin Inuit has produced some of the finest artists
and sculptors in the North. Open canoeing on Baffin Island was virtually
unheard of - until our first descent of the upper
Soper River in July 1990.
Soper River Valley, on the Meta Incognita Peninsula, along the southern
end of the island, directly across the Hudson Straight from the
Ungava Peninsula, is considered one of the most beautiful pieces
of terrain in the eastern arctic.
Proclaimed the “Oasis
of Baffin Island”, the Soper River Valley receives
both federal and territorial protection. This pristine valley is
characterized by lush and delicately flowered tundra, intimate gorges,
thin wisps of waterfalls cascading off terraced escarpments - lit
by the soft glow of the summer northern light. The Soper River is
moderate in terms of whitewater; comprised of many short, runnable
Class I-II+ rapids - ideal for novices.
is via twin-engine Otter, equipped with “tundra tires”;
landing directly adjacent to the river. The climate is surprisingly
dry, and there are no black flies. The pace is
fairly relaxed, allowing ample time for some spectacular side
hikes, and excellent Arctic Char fishing.
As we approach the coast,
and Soper Falls, we link up with local Inuit guides who escort us
into the small, native community of Kimmirut, (formerly Lake Harbour.)
This historic, traditional community has greeted whalers, missionaries,
and traders since the 1860’s, and is renowned for its intense
soapstone carvings. Offshore excursions, among icebergs and polar
bears, are optional.
The trip meets in Ottawa,
the evening prior; First Air scheduled flights, (group fares arrg.
through Sunrise) take the party to Iqaluit, the bustling capital
of newly formed Nunavut Territory, from which point the party embarks,
via air charter to the river.
($4950 for two) (from Iqaluit, Nunavut)
Includes last night’s accom. in Iqaluit, N.T.
Trip meets in Ottawa, Ontario. Commercial flight to Iqaluit, Nunavut
FIRST AIR group airfare arranged thru Sunrise.
$700 Deposit Required.
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& Logistics (pdf)
Considered one of the
most spectacular rivers in the Canadian Heritage Rivers System,
and one of the premier rivers in all of North America, the South
Nahanni River is an icon of the Canadian wilderness.
in the Selwyn Mountains, the Nahanni flows through the mountains
and gorges of the MacKenzie Mountains. Within Nahanni National Park
there are several strikingly different mountainous landscapes, four
gorges, and the continent’s most spectacular undeveloped waterfall
- Virginia Falls - nearly twice the height of Niagara.
Numerous rapids, Canada’s deepest canyons, and hot springs
are among other highlights of the river. The valley is dominated
by geographical features so unique that the Nahanni was declared
the first World Heritage Site by the United Nations. Its reputation
as a land of mystery and romance is supported by names like Deadmans
Valley, Headless Creek, Funeral Range, Hells Gate and Painted Canyon.
Inhabited by moose, caribou, dall sheep, grizzly and black bear
and a host of others, the Nahanni also has a rich human history
with legends and lore inseparable from its physical beauty. Each
expedition includes Virginia Falls, the canyons, and a visit to
the small isolated First Nation community of Nahanni Butte. There
are excellent opportunities for hiking throughout the trip, and
for paddling long stretches of Class II -III whitewater. Overall,
a classic Canadian canoe journey.
14, 21 Day Trips available from mid-June through late August. (Inquire
$3170 to $4625 depending on length (incl. GST Tax)
Trips meet in Fort Simpson, NWT or Yellowknife, NWT
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An Arctic barrens
river flowing through the vast, windswept interior of the
Ungava Peninsula's seldom explored interior-home to caribou,
Arctic char, polar bear, northern lights, and the Inuit. Starkly
beautiful, powerful, and immense, the Riviere Aux Fuelles
(Leaf R.) represents one of the few remaining canoeing frontiers
in North America- few have preceded us. The trip also offers
an intimate glimpse of the Inuit community and culture .
. . and the realities of northern life.
Scheduling Only - Mid Summer Mid-August; Custom Itineraries
Available; 10 - 21 days.
Incls. Fly-In. Trip meets in Ottawa; commercial flight to
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