It is currently September 25th, 2021, 7:20 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: February 24th, 2021, 9:22 pm 
Offline

Joined: November 10th, 2015, 10:23 am
Posts: 27
Hi,

For our 40th birthday our group is looking for a Bucket List style canoe trip to the Yukon/NWT in 2022. Our initial thoughts are Nahanni, Snake or Wind rivers. Looking to seek advice from the experts of this form as to which river you would recommend us to choose.

Here is a little more information on our group:
- We have been tripping together for 15 years, mainly in Ontario/Quebec and have strong backcountry tripping experience.
- I would rate our white water skills as beginner/Intermediate as we have ran White River, Upper and Lower Missinabe, Dumoine, Coulonge, and the Noire Rivers but these were all when we were in our 20s. For the last 9 years we have been sticking to lake trips in Temagami, Killarney and other routes in that area.
- GIVEN THIS WE PLAN ON DOING THIS TRIP GUIDED
- We are all in relatively good shape and are comfortable in the backcountry
- Looking for pristine beauty, remoteness, challenging (but not too challenging) WW and the opportunity for hiking.
- max trip length is 2 weeks

This will mostly likely be our one and only shot at this type of trip so we want to choose the best option given the above.

Any and all thoughts are welcome.

Thanks


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: February 24th, 2021, 10:05 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: July 9th, 2003, 11:48 am
Posts: 1658
Location: Back to Winnipeg
Mountain

_________________
Learning to paddle is like learning a language:
It's easy to learn the basics, but will you be understood in a strong wind?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: February 24th, 2021, 10:07 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: July 9th, 2003, 11:48 am
Posts: 1658
Location: Back to Winnipeg
Broken Skull

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/nt/naatsi ... tiv/15act1

_________________
Learning to paddle is like learning a language:
It's easy to learn the basics, but will you be understood in a strong wind?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: February 24th, 2021, 10:38 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: August 29th, 2006, 7:57 pm
Posts: 599
Location: Toronto
If you go to the Black Feather website you’ll find descriptions of a number of Nahanni and other trips. The write-ups - and the additional information if you request it - will give you a good idea of the logistics required, as well as the river running skills involved. Then you have to decide whether you want to organize it all on your own or let Black Feather handle that part of the trip! It ain’t cheap but maybe since it is a bucket list thing, you and your crew can rationalize it!

https://blackfeather.com/canoe/nahanni-river-trips

The 23-day Broken Skull/Nahanni trip is longer than you want but there is an 11-day Broken Skull that sounds incredible and might fit in with your time constraints and difficulty level. The write-up notes that -

Quote:
The trip is suitable for paddlers with previous canoe-camping and whitewater canoeing experience, but advanced whitewater skills are not required. A warm-up paddling session at one of our springtime clinics is highly recommended!


You can access the Broken Skull write-up here - https://blackfeather.com/canoe/broken-skull-river

_________________
http://albinger.me/canoe-tripping/


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: February 24th, 2021, 11:28 pm 
Offline

Joined: November 10th, 2015, 10:23 am
Posts: 27
Thanks True_North & yarnellboat.

I'm familiar with the Black Feather website: I came here looking for some insights form people who have been on these rivers.

I never looked into the Broken Skull, looks awesome. A lot of the group members want to do the Nahanni, how does the Nahanni stack up against these other "less known" rivers.

Whichever trip we do choose we will be going fully outfitted with a guide(s)...I know it will be pricey but YOLO


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: February 25th, 2021, 6:06 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: January 3rd, 2010, 5:59 pm
Posts: 231
Location: Kanata
The Nahanni is an amazing river. Plenty of hiking opportunities-mostly up creek beds, a bit of ww, the falls, the canyons. Depending when you go and where you have been in Temagami, you'll likely end up seeing far more people on the Nahanni than you would in Solace/Yorston region of Temagami.

You'll see far fewer people on the Mountain, Snake, Wind or Bonnet Plume River. The Bonnet Plume is a pretty full on WW river and you have to be there when the water levels are right.

Lots of alpine hiking opportunities on the Snake and Wind. The Wind liking see less people than the Snake. The Wind is mostly current.

The Mountain is a nice river. Has the most ww (other than the BP), but the least hiking opportunities.

Have fun planning,
rab


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: February 25th, 2021, 9:34 pm 
Offline

Joined: January 11th, 2005, 4:58 pm
Posts: 2081
Location: Manitoba
All the rivers you listed will meet your listed needs.
The most important factors for the success of trips are your group and when going guided, who you sign up with.
If you rate your list in terms of priorities: pristine beauty, remoteness, challenging/not too challenging WW and hiking some of the rivers will be more appropriate and the company you work with should be able to match a river trip to your group priorities.

_________________
Brian
http://www.JohnstonPursuits.ca

 


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group