Date: July 16-20, 2018
Price: $2499+ gst (3% fee if paying by credit card) – Register at www.oldtownpaddle.com/tours
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
- DeHavilland Beaver Float Plane Drop off and Pick up
- Meals: Starting breakfast on lunch July 17th and through lunch on July 20th
- Local Dene cultural experience on the afternoon of July 16th
- All local protocol fees and fishing licenses
- Inflatable touring stand up paddleboards, paddles and all safety gear
- All necessary fishing equipment if necessary
- Yellowknife Swag Bag
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
- Evening Group Meal on July 17th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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! While some guests may want fish, others may want to spend the majority of their time exploring. One of the fun parts of this trip is learning the skill of SUP fishing. For those who want to fish, 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. For those who do not want to fish, our guides are happy to accommodate the best touring and exploring experience possible!
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!
A Wild & Remote Paddle Journey on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake.
Paddle one of the largest bodies of water in North America on our 5-day Great Slave Lake SUP expedition. Experience the energy of the lake and the raw, powerful landscape of the North West Territories as we explore this remote East Arm, a world class paddling destination. Guests on this trip will be the FIRST guided SUP group on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, and will have an opportunity to travel the ancient paddling routes of the Dene People on our journey along beautiful Blanchet Island. Explore the small islands and cliffs of Shelter Bay, experience the magic of our midnight sun and if desired, fish for trophy Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling, and Northern Pike! All on the legendary East Arm of Great Slave Lake in Canada’s Spectacular Northwest Territories.
An experience in itself, guests will fly in a de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter float plane (the workhorse of the Arctic) approximately 120km from Yellowknife to the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. After the breathtaking flight, we will land on floats at our dropping point where guests will then load up their inflatable touring boards and navigate along the north shore of Blanchet Island. Over a day and a half, we will explore and navigate approximately 25kms of shore line until reaching the beautiful calm waters of Shelter Bay. Here, time is spent exploring the expansive bay, viewing wildlife, hiking up cliffs to overlook the expanse of Great Slave Lake, honing your SUP fishing skills, eating shore lunches prepared by your guides and exploring the endless shoreline. This trip is friendly for anyone just wanting to explore this beautiful waterway. At the end of our four days, the float plane will arrive and take us back to Yellowknife where time can be spent exploring the historic sites that make this gold rush town a tourism hot spot in the summer months. As a bonus, you might consider extending your trip to experience the legendary Folk on the Rocks Music Festival which begins on July 20th!
Great Slave Lake
Great Slave Lakes is the second largest lake in the North West Territories, the deepest lake in North America and the 10th largest lake in the world. The East Arm of Great Slave Lake, our paddling destination is filled with islands, steep cliffs and bays all within the proposed Thaydene Nene National Park. Meaning “Land of the Ancestors,” Thaidene Nëné is a park-in-waiting, slated for federal and territorial protection in the next few years. The park will guard the glorious East Arm of Great Slave Lake – 27,000 square kilometres of spectacular and pristine waterways, forests and Canadian Shield.
Old Town Paddle Co
Norm Hann Expeditions is excited to partner with Benji Straker and Ivan Gloeden from Old Town Paddle Co. After a Paddle Canada SUP Instructor Course with Norm, Benji and Ivan started Old Town Paddle Co in Yellowknife with the goal of introducing the sport too Yellowknifers through lessons, tours and sales on Great Slave Lake. After two incredible paddling trips up north with Benji and Ivan Norm Hann Expeditions and Old Town Paddle Co decided to offer the first guided commercial sup trip to the East Arm. Great people and great friends these guys are life-long northerners with years of experience on Great Slave Lake, both navigating its waters and fishing for its trophies. Together we are excited to offer a really fun and unique experience for you!
This itinerary may be altered due to factors such as weather, and group interest, with guides working within the parameters of safety, time, and area highlights. This standup paddleboard (SUP) trip will be self-supported.
*All guests must arrive in Yellowknife prior to 10am on July 16, 2018. There are several flight options from Edmonton and Calgary on Air Canada, WestJet, Canadian North and First Air. There are also direct flights from Ottawa and Whitehorse on Air North*
Day 1 – July 16, 2018
9am – Meet at Old Town Paddle & Co. shop in Yellowknife’s Old Town – Please bring your paddling clothing. Meet and Greet, Trip Overview, Gear Check & Safety Orientation
12:00 – Lunch Break (on your own)
1:00 – SUP tour, fishing orientation and cultural experience on Back Bay and Yellowknife Bay
Trip Overview, Gear Check & Safety Orientation
Group Dinner – Location TBD (Likely NWT Brewing Co!)
Day 2 – July 17, 2018
Flight from Yellowknife to north shore of Blanchet Island (Estimated time of departure 9am – TBC) Unload, gear prep, trip plan and orientation
Paddle & explore the north shore of Blanchet (cliffs, islands, wildlife)
Arrive and overnight at Dragonfly Point
Day 3 – July 18, 2018
Paddle, explore and make our way towards the west end of Blanchet Island into Shelter Bay (approx. 25km from drop point)
Arrive at Shelter Bay
Explore Shelter Bay, fishing, hiking, etc. Overnight at Shelter Bay
Day 4 – July 19, 2018
Daytrip to inner most arm of Shelter Bay (approx. 6kms from camp) Hike up Eagle Nest cliff for amazing view of the area
Short hike into Upper Lake where we can paddle and explore Explore Shelter Bay
Return to campsite for more exploring, fishing, relaxing. Overnight at Shelter Bay
Day 5 – July 20, 2017
Morning half day trip to southern Shelter Bay red cliffs and back (approx. 8km round trip) Afternoon flight back to Yellowknife
Evening flights home or overnight in Yellowknife
Provided by Old Town Paddle Co
- Inflatable Standup Paddleboard
Participant to Bring
- neoprene booties or water shoes for paddling and walking the rocky shore (5mm recommended)
- Camp/Hiking shoes
- 2 pair of socks
- Long Sleeve synthetic top
- Synthetic T Shirt
- Fleece top
- Synthetic or down jacket
- Waterproof/Goretex Shell
- Long Underwear/synthetic tights or neoprene leggings (for paddling)
- Long pants
Head & Hands
- Sun Hat/Ball Cap
- paddling gloves (if your hands are sensitive to cold)
Camping and Paddling Gear
- Dry bags for everything list above plus tent.
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Small Pillow
- Water bottle/hyrdration pack if no Life Straw bottle
- Camp mug
- Personal Toiletries
- Personal medication
- small towel
- insect repellant
- sunglasses/prescription eyewear
- Notebook/Journal/Reading material
- Headlamp w batteries
- snacks/individual nutrition requirements
- bug jacket/hat
** While air temperatures can reach up to the high 20c’s this time of the year, water temp in the east arm can still be close to freezing. Winds off the lake can affect the air temp dramatically. Please prepare accordingly.
Getting to Yellowknife
You must arrive in Yellowknife the day before our 9am meet and greet on July 16th in preparation for trip planning and clinics.
Air North offers direct flights to Yellowknife three times a week from Whitehorse and Ottawa.
The drive from Edmonton (the nearest largest center) to Yellowknife is approximately 1400kms and has many points of interest along the way. The Northwest Territories’ Parks system offers beautiful camping on your trip north. For more information, visit www.nwtparks.ca where you can download the NWT Road & Campground Guide.
For more information on Yellowknife and tourism in the Northwest Territories, visit:
Accommodations in Yellowknife
Yellowknife has a large selection of hotels, B&B’s, guest lodges and camping. For information on where to stay, you can visit visityellowknife.com or any accommodation website, or email email@example.com