Blanchet Island is 150 km from the nearest road which is in Yellowknife. We will access the location by float plane charter at the start of the trip. At the end of the trip, we will return to Yellowknife by a full-day water taxi ride with all of our equipment along with us. The boat will be captained by Shawn Buckley, a third generation fisherman and tour operator with 30+ years experience on the big lake.
This freshwater lake is located in the southern half of the Northwest Territories is the 11th largest freshwater lake the world at roughly the same size as Belgium. On this sea kayaking expedition, we will be exploring the eastern arm of the lake and paddling around Blanchet Island. The eastern arm has a spectacular reputation with northern locals for its deep, clear water with abundant islands, narrow channels with tall red cliffs and world-class fishing.
If you like fishing, you’ll definitely want to bring your rod to enjoy the seemingly bottomless depths surrounding the islands. They are swarming with trophy-sized lake trout and because the lake is clean and cold the fish keep near the surface in the summer making for plenty of fishing opportunities from your kayak or from camp.
Paddling alongside you on the profound blue depths, exploring deep bays backed by granite cliffs will be James and Dympna, owners of Ontario Sea Kayak Centre and your guides for all of our high-end, fully outfitted trips. James and Dympna have extensive training and experience to keep your group safe and within their comfort zone. James is an excellent wilderness chef with Dympna as his sous chef. James and Dympna are senior Paddle Canada instructors as well as BC Guides Alliance trained kayak guides. Dan Wong our Northern guide and local expert will be sharing his local waters with us. Dan was raised in the Northwest Territories and is an expert guide, cook and fish finder!
To add an element of magic to this expedition we’ve picked dates that take advantage of autumn Aurora season. As you tip your head back in awe to catch the glittering lights dancing across the sky, we’ll show you the best of our spectacular Aurora. Great Slave Lake lies directly in the magnetic “Aurora Belt”, which means it’s one of the most reliable places on earth to spot the northern lights.
Why trip with us? We have the highest trained guides and instructors, highest quality equipment and the best food.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our expedition kayak trips. Email or call us 705-771-9555.