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A Canoeing Trip on the Remote Mountain River, NWT

This is a guest post about a canoeing experience on the Mountain River in the NWT courtesy of Jared Nusinoff. He just launched a new budget focused road-trip experience travel company focused on Canada - OutHereTravel - to help folks venturing to amazing spots in Ontario, Quebec, PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.   I’ve spent over 500 nights camping in Canada’s wilderness, but the trip that took me and five buddies to the Northwest…

A Once in a Lifetime Keele River Canoeing Experience

“Have you done much paddling?” I casually asked the man beside me as we filed into the dining room at an Edmonton hotel. What else do you say to a fellow paddler you’ve never met before on the eve of a two-week, 400-kilometre canoe trip down the Keele River in the Northwest Territories? He was fit, 50ish and wore the requisite quick-dry clothing. I was stunned when he told me that his paddling was limited…

9 Things to Do in Inuvik, Northwest Territories

Inuvik is a small town located on the east channel of the Mackenzie River at the end of the Dempster Highway in the Northwest Territories. While it isn't exactly a booming tourist destination it's poised to become one, at least by northern standards. The road to Tuktoyaktuk is now open so anyone with an adventurous bone in their body should think about adding this remote part of Canada to their bucket list. Inuvik is on…

Canoeing from the Cameron River Ramparts to Yellowknife

The Northwest Territories offers some of the best canoeing in the country. But almost all of the canoe routes require an expensive float plane ride. I wanted to do something that didn't cost a lot. With some help from Gary at Overlander Sports I put together an itinerary that only required a one hour van shuttle from Yellowknife to KM 55 on the Ingraham Trail (also known as Highway 4). The plan was to spend four…

A Canoe Trip to Hidden Lake Territorial Park, Northwest Territories

One of the highlights of a five day canoe trip in the Northwest Territories, starting at Kilometer 55 on the Ingraham Trail, just above the Ramparts, and finishing in the city of Yellowknife was the overnight detour we made to Hidden Lake Territorial Park. The closest access to the park is via Kilometer 45 on the Ingraham Trail at Powder Point. From there you must canoe across a short stretch of Prelude Lake to a portage that…

A Canoe Trip on the Remote Thelon River in Canada’s Arctic

Affiliate links ahead, which means I receive a small percentage if you purchase anything through them at no extra cost to you. This helps me provide free content on this site.  A few years ago I did a canoe trip on the remote Thelon River in Canada's Arctic for 11 days. I got the proverbial bee in my bonnet about seeing this part of Canada that few ever do - perhaps only a few dozen…

28 Fun, Weird and Interesting Facts About Yellowknife, NWT

Yellowknife is one of two northern capitals that took me a long time to visit. Fortunately it was in the summer when the bugs were mostly gone and the temperatures were very pleasant. I'm not sure I'd want to be up there around the winter solstice but I would love to visit the city to catch the Northern Lights a little later in the year. Because Yellowknife is the closest city of any size to the North…

Book Review: The Mackenzie River Guide

Have you ever considered paddling, either by kayak or canoe, Canada's longest river - The Mackenzie River? If you haven't, you will after reading Michelle Swallow's The Mackenzie River Guide: A Paddler's Guide to Canada's Longest River. Michelle takes you on an 1,850 kilometre journey that with good weather and moderate mileage, will take you a minimum of 48 days to complete - assuming you start in Hay River on Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories…

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