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Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territory

Epic wilderness paddling, spectacular fishing and Aurora Borealis.

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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 a trip to Canada's spectacular north has been on your bucket list for a while these magestic islands offer a place like no others; unspoiled, remote and iconic. Craggy cliffs and rocky islands support Bald Eagles, terns and gulls. Breathtaking cliffs on these islands are as old as 2.7-billion years (the oldest in the world), making for some of the most epic campsites you'll ever experience. If you like fishing, you'll definitely want to bring your rod to enjoy the seemingly bottomless depths surounding 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.


Blanchet Island is 150kms from the neares 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.


Paddling alongside you on the profound blue depths, exploring deep bays backed by granite cliffs will be Dan Wong our Northern guide and local expert. Dan was born and raised in the Northwest territories and is an expert guide, cook and fish finder! James and Dympna senior OSKC guides will also be along for this expedition.


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 norther lights.


What to bring on your Great Slave Lake kayaking trip:

  • Sleeping bag, sleeping mat and tent
  • Clothes suitable to wilderness tripping
  • Water wear (Drysuits available to rent)
  • Camera, binoculars, or any additional comfort items you choose
  • *A detailed gear list is sent on booking 

What we provide:

  • Float plane charter and full-day boat shuttle
  • Shuttles from the Yellowknife Airport to local accommodations and back to the airport.
  • Experienced, certified and insured Sea Kayaking guides
  • High-end touring kayak
  • All necessary paddling equipment
  • Gourmet meals three times a day plus snacks while on trip
  • Group camping gear (Kitchen equipment, utensils, water filtration etc)
  • Large tarps (incase of rain or intense sun)
  • Quality lightweight tents, sleeping mats, dry bags
  • Expert skills coaching throughout the trip
  • Permits, Insurance. 
  • First Aid kit, Repair Kit and communication devices.

What you provide:

  • Flights to and from Yellowknife
  • Any accomodation required in Yellowknife
  • Trip cancellation, interruption evacuation and medical coverage. (Plans are cheap and we can give recommendations.


 Trip Name  Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories
 Dates   August 18-26th 2018
 Duration  9 Days
 Price   $3200 (20% Deposit due on booking)
 Start Location Yellowknife Airport
 Travel Options  View our traveler's information page

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Why trip with us?  We have the highest trained guides and instructors, highest quality equipment and the best food.

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