The Coppermine River follows the treeline from the central barrenlands to the Arctic Ocean. Renowned for its wildlife and fascinating history, it has been designated a Canadian Heritage River. We begin the trip downstream from “diamond country”, where mineral discoveries have transformed the economy of the region. Caribou and muskoxen graze along the shores as we work our way through fun class I-III rapids, some lakes, and a lazy river current. There is remarkable bird life, including nesting golden eagles and gyrfalcons. The Arctic char fishing can be exceptional. The river moves through rolling hills, steep-walled canyons. and past towering cliffs. The trees dwindle until we paddle out onto the true barrens beneath the midnight sun. Our last camp is at Bloody Falls, in sight of the ocean. Finally we’ll paddle to the sea. We’ll then have a little time to wander through the Inuit hamlet of Kugluktuk before returning to Yellowknife by plane.

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Dates, Rates & Availability

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Dates Trip Fee Availability
Monday, July 29 - Tuesday, August 13, 2024 $12,995 CAD Book Now
Fri. July 11 - Sat. July 26, 2025 $13,995 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now
Fri. July 25 - Sat. Aug 9, 2025 $13,995 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now

Paddle the Coppermine with Black Feather - The Wilderness Adventure Company

What's included



  • 6:1 ratio


  • 1 night accommodation in Yellowknife
  • 1 night accommodation in Kugluktuk
  • 13 nights camping


  • all meals & snacks from Day 2 lunch to Day 15 lunch
  • dinner Day 15 and breakfast and lunch Day 16 in Kugluktuk

Canoeing Equipment

  • expedition canoes with spray decks and knee pads
  • paddles, PFDs, throw bags, paddling suits & helmets

Camping Equipment

  • tents – free standing expedition dome tents – 2 per tent
  • ‘kitchen’ – tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc
  • containers for food and group equipment

Safety Equipment

  • first aid, safety, river rescue, and repair kits
  • communications equipment (satellite phone)


  • shuttle from Yellowknife airport with Explorer hotel
  • charter float plane flight from Yellowknife to the Coppermine River – Day 2
  • ground transportation to Kugluktuk airport – Day 16
  • transportation of guides, group gear, food, return of canoes to Yellowknife, etc.