Date: July 14-18, 2017
Price: $1899 + gst
Location: Yellowknife, NT / 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
- Meals: Starting breakfast on July 15th and through lunch on day 5 July 18th .
- SUP touring and SUP-fishing clinic on Back Bay of Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife on July 14th
- All local protocol fees and fishing licenses
- Aegir SUP inflatable stand up paddleboards, paddles and all safety gear
- All necessary fishing equipment and tackle
- Boat support throughout expedition
- Float plane fly-in costs
- 1:3 guide to client ratio
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
- Excess baggage charges
- 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?
The first two days after our float plane drop will require us to paddle approximately 24km. While not a significant distance, weather is ever-changing and we want to make sure we can reach our destination points within a reasonable time. Participants can expect approximately 5 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, but the first point to point portion of this trip requires us to paddle along an exposed portion of the lake while carrying all of our gear. Once we reach Shelter Bay, there are many areas that are protected from wind of all directions.
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.
Do I need to know how to fish on a paddleboard?
Absolutely not! One of the fun parts of this trip is learning the skill of SUP fishing. We will be both casting and trolling from our boards (and from shore) and our experienced guides are happy to spend as much time with our guests to make sure they are comfortable with the skill. We are also going to run a practice clinic prior to our trip on July 14th.
What if I don’t want to fish?
No problem! This trip will provide an amazing opportunity just to explore and experience the Spectacular NWT from your Stand Up Paddleboard without having to sink a line! With a high guide to client ratio, we can be sure to tailor this trip to your needs.
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!