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Northwest Territories Resources

UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Nahanni National Park / Parc national Nahanni.
Wood Buffalo National Park / Parc national Wood Buffalo.

Environmental NGOs.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
CPAWS, Northwest Territories Chapter.
The Big Wild. MEC and CPAWS.
Canadian Wildlife Federation.
Canadian Environmental Network.
Sierra Club, Canada.
Nature Conservancy Canada; Alberta and The North. ... b_ncc_work
Conservation de la nature Canada; Alberta et le Nord. ... b_cnc_work

Parks Canada.
National Parks of Canada; Northwest Territories.
Nahanni. ... rk_Reserve
Tuktut Nogait. ... ional_Park
Wood Buffalo.
National Historic Sites of Canada; Northwest Territories. ... eux73.aspx

Canadian Aboriginal Cultural Resources.
Ed note: The source for these links is the Canadian Canoe Museum.
Aboriginal Canada Portal. ... index.html
Aboriginal Canada Portal; Heritage and Traditions. ... 26711.html
Native American Technology and Art.

Handbook of the North American Indians.
William C Sturtevant, General Editor.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Volume 3: Environment, Origins, and Population.
Douglas H Ubelaker, Editor.
The natural environment of the continent to which Indian cultures adapted in prehistoric and historic times, natural resources utilized by these cultures, current knowledge of the earliest Indian occupation (before 9,000 BC), and human biology of Indian and Eskimo (Inuit) populations, prehistoric, historic and modern. 2006.
Volume 4: History of Indian-White Relations.
Wilcomb E Washburn, Editor.
History of Indian-White relations in the US and Canada following 1492. 1988.
Volume 5: Arctic.
David Damas, Editor.
Eskimo, Inuit and Aleut of US, Canada, Greenland and USSR. 1984.
Volume 6: Subarctic.
June Helm, Editor.
Indians from interior Alaska to Labrador. 1981.
Volume 17: Languages.
Ives Goddard, Editor.
Native languages of North America spoken by American Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts. 1996.

General information, offline.
Ed note:
For general information that is not specific to the Northwest Territories, please consult the offline entries in National Resources ... 46&t=35800
Ed note: Editing of the following is required to remove Nunavut-specific material.
Archaeological Field Work in the Northwest Territories, Canada in 1997. Archaeology Report No. 19. Edited and compiled by Margaret Bertulli. Includes work on the Harvaqtuuq Historic Site, Kazan River. ... hrep97.htm
The Fifth Thule Expedition, 1921-1924. The Danish Ethnographical and Geographical Expedition from Greenland to the Pacific. Articles by Kaj Birket-Smith, Therkel Mathiassen and Knud Rasmussen. 10 volumes.
Ed note: I haven’t looked at it. Access to this study seems to require either academic credentials or a nearby university library with a good collection.
Anderson, Ian Stuart. Bathurst Inlet Patrol. The Beaver, Spring 1972, pp 20-26.
Ed note: Northwest Mounted Police mission from Baker Lake to Coppermine (Kugluktuk), and return, in respect to the deaths of Harry V Radford and Thomas George Street in June 1912. The incident is not to be confused with the deaths of the missionaries Jean-Baptiste Rouvière and Guillaume Le Roux in November 1913 (for which see, for example, Bloody Falls of the Coppermine by McKay Jenkins). Thanks to Clayton Klein, Cold Summer Wind.
Bastedo, Jamie. Shield Country: The Life and Times of the Oldest Piece of the Planet. ALLAN
Bastedo, Jamie. Reaching North: A Celebration of the Subarctic. ALLAN
Bastedo, Jamie. Trans Canada Trail: Northwest Territories. Fitzhenry & Whiteside (2010).
Calef, George. Caribou and the barren-lands. Canadian Arctic Resources Committee. Firefly Books, Willowdale (1995).
Blanchet, Guy. The Letter. The Beaver, Spring 1963, pp 41-44.
Ed note: Record of a conversation with J C Critchell-Bullock concerning the latter’s Thelon wintering with John Hornby in 1924-1925. Thanks to Clayton Klein's Cold Summer Wind.
Blanchet, Guy. Exploring with Sousi and Black Basile. The Beaver, Autumn 1964, pp 34-41.
Route: Fort Resolution, Pike’s Portage, Clinton-Colder Lake, Aylmer Lake, “Hearne’s Thonokied Lake”, Lac de Gras; return. Blanchet refers to Lac de Gras as the source of the Coppermine; Toporama places the source to the north of that lake. Thanks to Clayton Klein's Cold Summer Wind.
Hall, Alex M. Discovering Eden: A Lifetime of Paddling Arctic Rivers. Key Porter Books, Toronto (2003).
Hall, Alex M and Dennis R Voigt. Seven Rivers North. The Beaver, Summer 1976, pp 25-33.
Route: SK-NT border 50 miles above Lake Athabasca, Dubawnt River, Elk River, Thelon River, Mary Frances River, Hanbury River, Lockhart River (through Aylmer Lake, but not up the Thonokied River), Coppermine River, Kugluktuk (Coppermine). Thanks to Clayton Klein's Cold Summer Wind.
Hall, Alex M. Alone in the Barrens. The Beaver, Spring 1980, pp 34-39.
Route: Lac de Gras, Coppermine River, Desteffany Lake, unnamed river, Yamba Lake, Contwoyto Lake, Burnside River, Bathurst Inlet Lodge. Thanks to Clayton Klein's Cold Summer Wind.
Hall, Ed (Editor). People and Caribou in the Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife (1989).
Hallendy, Norman. Inuksuit, Silent Messengers of the Arctic. Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver (2000).
Harrington, Richard. Richard Harrington: Canadian Photographer. Alaska Northwest Publishing, Edmonds (1998).
Hearne, Samuel. A Journey from Prince of Wales's Fort in Hudson's Bay to the Northern Ocean … In the Years 1769, 1770, 1771 and 1772.
Ed notes:
1. The J B Tyrrell Edition is available in the digital section of the Champlain Society (Thanks jmc) ... igital.htm
2. The Rod Davidek edition, entitled Arctic Dawn: The Journeys of Samuel Hearne. is available at ... itle2.html
3. By the way, the … in the above title stands for undertaken by order of the Hudson’s Bay Company for the Discovery of Copper Mines, a North West Passage, &c.
Helm, June. The People of Denendeh: Ethnohistory of the Indians of Canada's Northwest.University Of Iowa Press (2000).
Hodgins, Bruce W and Gwyneth Hoyle. Canoeing North into the Unknown: A Record of River Travel: 1874 to 1974. Natural Heritage / Natural History Inc, Toronto (1994).
Ed note: Lists early travellers and further sources. Refers many times to the "Morse files" re reports of early trips; I wish that these were readily available.
Holland, Lynda, Larry Hewitt and Celina Janvier: The Dene Elders Project: Stories and History from the Westside, Holland-Dalby Educational Consulting (2002).
Holland, Lynda, Larry Hewitt and Mary Ann Kkailther: They Will Have Our Words: The Dene Elders Project, Volume 2, Holland-Dalby Educational Consulting (2003).
Houston, C Stuart (editor). To the Arctic by Canoe 1819-1821; The Journal and Paintings of Robert Hood (midshipman with Franklin). McGill-Queen’s University Press (1974).
Mallet, Thierry. Glimpses of the Barren Lands. Revillon Frères, New York (1930).
Mégret, Jean; edited by Lynda Holland, photographs by Lois Dalby. Benasni, ... , Mémento, Memento: Forty Years with the Dene, Holland-Dalby Educational Consulting, La Ronge (1996).
Ed note: Mégret was stationed mostly in Saskatchewan but spent several years in Brochet; in any case, his story transcends political boundaries.
Northern Waterways. Bibliography on the Inland Central Inuit. ... biblio.pdf
Northern Waterways. Bibliography on the Dene and other Northern First Nations. ... biblio.pdf
Northern Waterways, Horton River Bibliography.
Pike, Warburton. The Barren Ground Of Northern Canada. MacMillan, New York and London (1892). Book Jungle (2009).
Raffan, James. Summer North of Sixty: by Paddle and Portage across the Barren Lands. Key Porter Books, Toronto (1990).
Route: Munn Lake, Margaret Lake, Back Lake, Aylmer Lake, Glowworm Lake, Pellatt Lake, Contwoyto Lake, Kathawachaga Lake, Bathurst Inlet.
Robertson, Heather. Measuring Mother Earth: How Joe the Kid Became Tyrrell of the North. McClelland and Stewart, Toronto (2007).
Steele, Peter. The Man Who Mapped the Arctic: The intrepid life of George Back, Franklin’s Lieutenant. Raincoat Books, Vancouver (2003).
Ed comment: The first part of the title looks to me to be a bit over the top.
Sperry, John R. Igloo Dwellers Were My Church. Bayeux Arts, Calgary and Outcrop Communications, Yellowknife (2001).
Tester, Frank J and Peter Kulchyski. Tammarniit (Mistakes): Inuit Relocation in the Eastern Arctic 1939-63. University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver (1994).
Ed notes:
1. I was told by an Innu (her mother was a survivor of the Garry Lake famine) in Rankin Inlet that "Mistakes" is not the correct translation of "Tammarniit"; unfortunately I did not ask for the correct one.
2. A host of related books is provided at ... f9N3jdsp4C
Tyrrell, James Williams. Journal of his 1893 trip across the Barrenlands.
Route (modern names and spellings): Toronto, …, Edmonton, Athabasca (30 May, 1893), Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan, Lake Athabasca, Fond du Lac, Selwyn Lake, Dubawnt River, Beverly Lake, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Churchill, York Factory, Oxford House, Norway House, West Selkirk (1 January, 1894) and the railway.
Tyrrell, Joseph Burr. The Barren Lands of Canada. Article 2 of Recent Explorations in Canada, Ottawa Naturalist, Vol. X., No. 11, Ottawa, March, 1897, pp 203-207.
Tyrrell, Joseph Burr. Report on the Doobaunt, Kazan and Ferguson Rivers and the north-west ... . S E Dawson, Ottawa (1897).
Ed note: Available on microfiche at some libraries.
Roads and travel.
Western Arctic Handbook Committee.. Canada's Western Arctic - Including the Dempster Highway. Inuvik (2002).
Dempster Highway, Wikipedia.
Neville, John. Travelling the Dempster, Trafford Publishing, Victoria (2005).

General information, online.
Ed note:
For general information that is not specific to the Northwest Territories, please consult also the online entries in National Resources ... 46&t=35800
Early Canadiana Online.
Geographical Names of Canada.
Tyrrell and related collections, University of Toronto.
Taiga Shield.
Taiga Plains.
Cockburn, R H (Editor). To Great Slave and Great Bear / P.G. Downes’s Journal of Travels North from Île-à-la-Crosse, in 1938.
Part 1.
Part 2.
Part 3.
Part 4.
Part 5.
Ed note: Part 5 is available also at Northern Waterways ... iew/73/46/
Route description: To be prepared.
Mair, Charles; and Roderick MacFarlane. Through the Mackenzie Basin: A Narrative of the Athabasca and Peace River Treaty Expedition of 1899. Also, Notes on the Mammals and Birds of Northern Canada.
Publishers: William Briggs, Toronto (1908). London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Limited. (1908). (2006). Nabu Press (2010). ... 0/mode/2up
Thorpe, Natasha; Naikak Hakongak, Sanda Eyegotok and Qitirmiut Elders. Tukto and Nogak Project. A Caribou Chronicle. The West Kitikmeot / Slave Study Society, Yellowknife (2001). ... k_2001.pdf
Vilhjalmur Stefansson. ... script.jpg
He is best known for his book My Life with the Eskimo. MacMillan, NY (1913); Book Jungle (2007). ... 0/mode/2up
Other books: ... Stef_nsson
More information is available at ... gTAAAAYAAJ ... iew/56/46/

Northwest Territories Parks.
Government site. ... /index.asp
Wikipedia. ... ries_parks

Paddling clubs and associations.
Provincial bodies.
NWT Canoeing Association.
Ed note: No link found; untested phone number is given at
NWT Kayak Association.
Other clubs and associations.
Fort Smith Paddling Club.
Somba K'e Paddling Club. (Yellowknife).

Links for paddlers.
Alexander Mackenzie Voyageur Route.
Canadian Canoe Museum.
Our Canoeing Heritage. ... e-mainhtml
Canadian Heritage Rivers System.
I Speak for Canadian Rivers.
Canadian Rivers Network. ... twork.html
Google maps.
Google Earth.
Great Canadian Rivers.
Trans Canada Trail.
Links specific to the Northwest Territories.
Northwest Territories rivers. ... ies_rivers
Northwest Territories lakes. ... erritories

Government links for paddlers.
Canadian Hydrographic Service; Nautical Charts and Publications.
Canadian Hydrographic Service; Tides, Currents and Water Levels.
Region 2; Arctic.
Map boundaries: Westing: 55 to 145 degrees; Northing: 60 to 85 degrees. ... h&region=2
Region 3; Hudson Bay. ... h&region=3
Canadian Hydrographic Service; Tide predictions.
Volume 4; Arctic Ocean and Hudson Bay. ... able.shtml
Canadian Hydrographic Service; Current tables.
Volume 4; Arctic Ocean and Hudson Bay. ... nt-eng.asp
Natural Resources Canada; Topographical maps. (Toporama)
Information about Lifejackets and PFDs from the Safe Boating Guide. ... 24.htm#lj1
Lifejackets and PFDs. ... u-1692.htm
Minimum Safety Equipment Required for the Size and Type of your Pleasure Craft. ... nu-690.htm
NB: In the case of any discrepancy between the information on this page and the Small Vessel Regulations, the formal regulatory text shall remain the final authority.
Formal regulatory text / Small Vessel Regulations. ... 1-eng.html
Links specific to the Northwest Territories.
Environment Canada, water levels. ... &region=NT
Road map. ... %20Map.pdf
Weather. ... html?id=NT
Marine weather; Great Slave Lake and Mackenzie River. ... l?mapID=07
Marine weather; Western Arctic. ... l?mapID=05

US links for paddlers.
ALLAN: Is any of this relevant to NT??
US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. ... nce_Agency
NGA Maritime Safety Information.
NGA Digital Nautical Chart.
NGA Maritime Domain Contact Listing. ... ID=Article
NGA Global Shoreline Data Set. ... ID=Article
ALLAN: Anything for NT?
Tide Height and Current Speed Predictor.

Paddling and related information, offline.
Kanawa. Canada's Paddling Magazine. Published quarterly by Paddle Canada.
Arctic Cairn Notes; Canoeists' Reflections on the Hanbury-Thelon and Kazan Rivers. Betelgeuse Books, Toronto (1997).
Go Trekkers. Maps for sale.
Aulavik National Park.
Beaufort Delta Coast.
Mackenzie Delta.
Nahanni National Park Reserve.
Nahanni National Park Reserve. (pre 2010 boundaries)
Sahtu North.
Tuktut Nogait National Park.
Wood Buffalo National Park. ... ions&show=
Klein, Clayton, with Darrell Klein. Cold Summer Wind. Wilderness Adventure Books, Lansing (1985). Ed comment: A great read, but with contrived dialogue; contains an excellent bibliography, including about two dozen citations to articles in The Beaver.
McCreadie, Mary. Canoeing Canada’s Northwest Territories: A Paddler’s Guide. Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association, Merrickville (1995). Written before the split so includes Nunavut rivers also. Best winter reading I know; no home should be without it.
Morse, Eric W. Freshwater Saga: Memoirs of a Lifetime of Wilderness Canoeing in Canada. University of Toronto Press, Toronto (1987).
Noel, Lynn (Editor). Voyages: Canada’s Heritage Rivers. Breakwater Press, Saint John’s (1995).
Wenger, Ferdi. Kanuatlas Kanada - Band 1. West- und Nordwestkanada. Diekmann/Thieme Verlag (1987). Coppermine River. Hanbury River and Thelon River. Natla River and Keele River. Redstone River. South Nahanni River. Available (text in German) at

Paddling and related information, online.
Thread opened by downnorth in CCR's Northwest Territories Forum. ... 23&t=37027
cartespleinair (Charles Leduc library).
then Canot, then Cartes (reports) or Canorama (overiew).
If you use any of the information supplied at cartespleinair, please consider making a contribution to the Fonds pour la Préservation des Rivières (FQCK) at
Che-Mun. The Journal of Canadian Wilderness Canoeing.
Ed note: Issues are available online two quarters after publication.
My Trip Journal.
Ed note: Search function is available; entries are apparently unsorted by either activity or location.
Nastawgan. Published quarterly by the Wilderness Canoe Association.
To view the Index, go to
Once there, select a Category (for example Trip information).
To view the Archives, go to ... pubCode=NJ ;
digitization of the database is incomplete and the Search features are not useful.
Out There.
The canoe-related Route information is largely under Adventure/Sports but you might want to look at other folders.
Links specific to the Northwest Territories.
Ed note: See also the paragraph Paddling sites.
Mountain River Outdoor Adventures.
Every Trail.
No specific link to paddling entries in the Northwest Territories; users must scroll through hiking and other entries at ... erritories
REI. Flatwater, whitewater, sea kayaking.
No entries at time of posting. Flatwater, whitewater, sea kayaking.
No entries at time of posting.

Paddling sites.
Ed note: These sites will be examined sporadically for trip reports; links will be posted in the Route Information threads as appropriate.
Jim and Ted Baird. (Canoe Beyond)
Borealis Paddling Expeditions.
Andy Breckenridge. ... aanne.html
Gail E Ferris.
R K Groff.
Wilberforce movie and photos:
Gerald Guay.
Ray and Jenny Jardine.
Rolf and Debra Kraiker. (Blazing Paddles)
Charles Leduc. (cartespleinair)
Chris Lepard.
Margot and Vernon Neis.
Nestor Lewyckyj. ... wyckyj.htm
Northern Waterways.
Ted Parker.
Ed note: Photos only for most entries.
Christian Roux.
Jim Rutzick. (Traditional Arctic Kayaks)
Bill and Janice Stauttener.
Katherine Suboch.
Shipp Webb.

Northwest Territories Route information at CCR.
First, a comment on our coverage.
CCR's founder, Richard Munn, started with Ontario Canoe Routes and went national only later. Since the acquisition, we have made strenuous efforts to improve coverage of the other provinces and territories.
Of course we must rely on the paddling community to write most trip reports, but we can help in other ways. One of our initiatives, which continues, has been to search the net for trip reports and to post links to them, as described below.

CCR provides Route information in a variety of ways. The two main sources follow.
• The Route Information stickys posted at Canadian Route Forums & Resources
Click on Discussion & Resources for the province/territory and then on the Route Information sticky for the river/lake of interest.
Once the new Routes section is up and running, we shall transfer all these entries to it.
• The Routes section at
contains more formal trip reports.
The Browse feature
gets you to a map of Canada. Clicking on a Province/Territory gets you to a map with paddling regions for that P/T. Another click gets you to a list of Routes in the region. We’ll fix things, but some Routes are filed incorrectly; check other regions if you can’t find what you want.
The Search feature ,
which accesses the same database, allows you to look for Routes satisfying certain criteria. We don’t find this feature so useful and shall likely change it.

You might look also at the Trip Reports folders posted in Canadian Route Forums & Resources
Some paddlers post their trip reports in the Forums, rather than in the Routes database.
I go through these Forums several times each year and post links to the reports in the Route Information stickys.
Check out the note at the head of the thread to learn which entries have already been documented in the Route Information stickys.

In the final analysis though, CCR’s members are the most valuable source for Route information They are highly knowledgeable, highly experienced and eager to help. If you can’t find elsewhere the information you want, just post in the appropriate Provincial/Territorial Route Forum.

Route information (trip reports, links to trip reports, etc)
Statement of CCR policy regarding Route information.
If we can’t post the information ourselves, then we’ll try to provide the paddling community with easy access to it.
We welcome your contributions to our library of trip reports and other Route information (for example links to other sites with such information, in general just about any similar contribution to the paddling community); please post in this thread or send email to routes(AT) .
Statement of CCR policy regarding copyright.
Copyright to the original source remains with the provider.
Copyright to CCR's presentation of the information belongs to CCR Inc.

Thanks to Jim Baird, the Borealis team, David Bridgham, R K Groff, Gerald Guay, Tom H, Hank Hays, Jeremy Harrison, Ray Jardine, jmc, Rolf Kraiker, Bill Layman, Nicole Lazier, Charles Leduc, Nestor Lewyckyj, Mountain River Outdoor Adventures, Vernon Neis, paddlenorth,, Ted Parker, Michael Peake, Christian Roux, Rich & Wendy, Bill & Janice Stauttener, Katherine Suboch and Shipp Webb.


Klein bibliography.

Clayton Klein’s Cold Summer Wind contains an extensive bibliography.
Of the references that I inspected, I posted the ones that I thought relevant in the Resources and Route Information stickys.
Klein references yet to be inspected (titles. years, etc not checked) follow:

Branson, Branley Allen. Messages of the Clouds. Canoe, April-May 1980.
Bruemmer, Fred. Autumn on the Edge. International Wildlife, September-October 1981.
Deeks, John F. Ecstacy is a Monster Storm. Audobon, July 1981.
Herfindal, Orris C. Across the Barrens by Canoe. Travelarctic Division of Tourism, Northwest Territories, April 1978.
Hoobyar, Paul. Paddling with the Possessed. Canoe, April 1983.
Lentz, John W. Be Prepared. Canoe, August 1976.
Mason, Bill. Off the Rocks. Canoe, September 1981.
McManus, Patrick F. Two-Man-Tent Fever. Audubon, May 1981.
Pelly, David. A New Historical Site in the Northwest Territories. Arctic in Colour, Vol. VI, No. 4, 1978.
Rogers, E S. The Chipewyan. The Beaver, Summer 1972.
Rousselière, Guy Mary-, OMI. Traveller for Christ in the Barren Lands. Various issues in Eskimo, 1978 through 1983.
Rousselière, Guy Mary-, OMI. Fr Joseph Choque, OMI. Eskimo, Spring-Summer 1980.
Viehman, John. Real Bernard’s Rivers Out of Time. Canoe, December, 1977.


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