Thelon River

Thelon River

The Thelon is a long barren lands river best known for its amazing concentration of diverse northern wildlife. The best part for canoeing is the middle section through the famous
Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary. The trip begins with a float plane flight to a lake on the Clarke River, a small tributary of the Thelon. We’ll spend 3 days descending the Clarke to the
confluence of the Thelon just below Thelon Canyon. From here it is 10 days to Beverly Lake, some 235 km away.

The Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary is home to home to a surprisingly large amount of wildlife. The Beverly caribou herd migrates across the river. Other large game include moose, muskox, barren-ground grizzly, wolves and fox. Birds-of-prey are very common with bald and golden eagles, peregrine and gyrfalcon nesting on our route.

The river is also rich in human heritage - with archaeological sites of the Dene and the Caribou Inuit alongside evidence of northern explores and adventurers.

This trip is an opportunity to explore a remote arctic river with exceptional wildlife.

Recommended Skill Level And Dates

Skill Level: 2
Dates Trip Fee
July 29, 2019 to August 12, 2019
$10,795.00 CAD
What is Included: 


  • 5:1 ratio

Trail Meals

  • Excellent trail meals from Day 1 lunch to Day 14 lunch
  • Snacks

Canoeing Equipment

  • 17’ Prospector expedition canoes
  • Paddles, PFD, (you may bring your own)
  • Throw lines and other safety accessories

Camping Equipment

  • Tents - free standing custom expedition dome tents - 2 per tent
  • 'Kitchen’ - tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc
  • Dry bags and containers for food and group equipment

Safety Equipment

  • First aid and repair kits, communications equipment (satellite phone)
  • Canoe rescue gear


  • Transportation of guides, group gear, food, canoes etc to Yellowknife
  • Charter flight from Yellowknife to the Clarke River on Day 1 and from Beverly Lake back to Yellowknife on Day 14

Trip Location

Trip Rendezvous Point: Yellowknife, NWT