Date: July 16-20, 2017
Price: $2499+ gst
Location: Yellowknife, NWT / Great Slave Lake
Guides: Norm Hann, Benji Straker, Ivan Gloeden
Pre Requisites: Stand Up Paddle experience is recommended.
Cost Includes the Following
- Airport pickup/drop off
- DeHavilland Beaver Float Plane Drop off and Pick up
- Meals: Starting breakfast on July 16th and through lunch on day 5 July 20th
- All local protocol fees and fishing licenses
- Inflatable touring stand up paddleboards, paddles and all safety gear
Price Does Not Include the Following
- Transportation between your home and Yellowknife return
- Personal belongings and equipment (see equipment and packing list)
- Accommodation in Yellowknife prior to trip and prior to departure home
- Any extra expenses incurred because of weather, logistical delays, or delayed departures of scheduled orchartered aircraft
A $500 deposit is required at the time of booking to secure your place on the expedition with the balance to be paid 60 days prior to trip departure. Payments by cheque to Old Town Paddle Co or email transfer to email@example.com are preferred. You can also pay via credit card but a 3% service charged will be applied to your invoice.
Cancellation 60 days prior to trip start date will result in a refund of deposit less $200. Cancellation within 59-30 days prior to trip start date will result in a refund of 50% of the total cost of the trip. There is no refund for trips cancelled within 30 days of trip departure.
How long are the paddling days?
Our schedule will remain flexible due to weather and group interests. We will not be paddling significant distances but there will be ample time to explore this section of the East Arm. Participants can expect approximately 3-4 hours of paddling per day.
What type of experience and fitness is required?
Guests will need to have some experience paddling a stand up paddleboard in order to enjoy the trip and allow the group to travel at a practical pace. We recommend having a really good lesson to start with in order to develop an efficient forward stroke and then spending weekly time standup paddle boarding in your local area. Ask us about a proper paddling program for multi day expeditions.
Practice on a SUP while loaded with multi-day camping gear (or equivalent dry bag weight) is recommended as paddling with a loaded vessel is quite different than paddling with no load.
What are the lake conditions like?
The weather forecast is never a guarantee so we can expect anything from warm, sunny and +30c to cool, extremely windy and +10c. We try our best to avoid windy and wavy conditions and our base in Shelter Bay is the perfect for paddling and exploration depending on the direction of the wind. It is also an incredible place to watch the stunning sunsets the Northwest Territories is know for.
The East Arm of Great Slave Lake does not thaw until mid to late June so water temperatures can still be easily under 10c at this time of year.
What other activities are there?
This is a stand-up paddleboarding trip but there will be opportunity for hiking and fishing from the deck of your paddleboard if you so choose. We also build in lots of time for relaxation by the warmth of a campfire.
How bad are the bugs/mosquitos?
While the bugs won’t be a problem while paddling on the water (especially if we have a breeze and its warm and sunny), they are the worst in wooded areas and in the early evening and night. However for those who aren’t used to mosquitos, they are potentially too much for some people to handle. We feel that with the proper clothing and bug repellent, those little critters won’t affect your enjoyment on this trip!