What will the food be like?
Really good. We’ve fine-tuned a delicious, nutritious and well-balanced backcountry menu of unique and tasty dishes from years of expedition tripping – and look forward to sharing it with you. Our flexible menu can accommodate vegetarian, gluten and diary-free preferences, and will be tailored in advance for participants on each trip. Guests are always welcome to join guides in cooking and learn to cook our authentic, backcountry recipes.
Breakfast will include fresh fruit and a main course, like egg frittata or brie-stuffed French toast. Lunch features locally-smoked sausages, fruit, hummus, salads, breads and naan with a spread of cheese, jams, and a variety of nut butters. Dinner will offer an hors d’oeuvres, main course, and dessert! Snacking will take place throughout the day.
Will we eat local?
We buy our smoked and fresh meats locally from Northern Fancy Meats. For tours in August, we’ll take advantage of the local produce available at the Yellowknife Farmer’s Market. For tours on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, we are proud show off our local fresh fish recipes. In fact, the fishing is so world-class on the East Arm, we can guarantee on these tours you’ll get a chance to sample our tasty northern trout!
Local Chef Etienne from Flavour Trader (www. https://www.flavourtrader.com/) (tim, please insert hyperlink) will has agreed to spice up our tours and bring authentic flavours and aromas to our trips. With advice from Chef Etienne, our meals will expand the boundaries of your senses and explore new spice combinations and flavours.
Jackpine Paddle is excited to offer Barren Ground Coffee on all of our paddling tours. Barren Ground Coffee locally-roasts fair trade and organic specialty coffee, 5 kilos at a time, on a beautiful craft roaster in Old Town, Yellowknife. Thanks to our partners at Barren Ground Coffee, we look forward to serving you the freshest roasted coffee in the Northwest Territories.
Do I have the skills for a trip like this?
We rank our tours for level of difficulty using a 3-grade scale:
GRADE 1: No previous experience required. These trips are suitable for beginner and novice paddlers including those who may be learning to canoe or kayak for the first time. Whitewater on these trips is typically Class I or easily portaged, and flatwater routes are protected and sheltered.
GRADE 2: Often in remote locations, previous paddling experience in canoes or kayaks is an asset. Participants are not required to be proficient or highly-skilled paddlers, but should be familiar with the basics of the watercraft and paddled in a canoe or kayak at least once before. Previous experience camping in the back-country is recommended. Whitewater on these trips is typically Class I-II with the occasional Class III depending on the group, and flatwater routes can often be exposed to wind and waves.
GRADE 3: These trips are not for beginners. They are ideal for intermediate canoeists or kayakers looking for a challenge in a remote location. Whitewater on these trips can include areas of steady Class III rapids while flatwater routes can involve longer exposed crossings between points of land.
For help deciding if a tour is right for you, please drop us an email (email@example.com) or call (867.445.4512). We’d love to chat about the specifics of a trip, and answer any of your questions. If you are looking to upgrade your skills, please check out the exciting course line-up for summer 2018.
How do I get to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories?
It’s easy to fly to the Northwest Territories. There are direct jet flights to Yellowknife from Calgary (2 hours), Edmonton (1.5 hours), Ottawa (4 hours) and Whitehorse (1.5 hours).
What is the weather like?
What’s the difference between the Northwest Territories and Hawaii? We’re hotter in the summer. That’s right, from June to August, temperatures in the Northwest Territories can be downright sultry, with an all-time high of 39.4 °C (103 °F). For the most part, we’re room temperature – perfect conditions for playing all day and night.
The Northwest Territories enjoys brilliant blue skies for most of the year. Indeed, Yellowknife is Canada’s sunniest city in the spring and summer. With all those clear days, we’re the best place on Earth to enjoy the Northern Lights and the midnight sun.
Here’s a sample of what you can expect, temperature-wise:
July record high/average high:
Yellowknife: 32.5˚ / 21.3˚
Here’s how our skies compare with other Canadian cities during peak visitor season:
% Sunny skies, April-August
Quebec City: 48.6%
How bad are the bugs?
Bugs vary depending on time of year, weather and location. While our campsites are chosen to reduce the number of bugs, we recommend participants bring a bug-jacket on our expeditions.
What do I need to bring?
A detailed trip description and personal gear list will be emailed to participants following registration.
Who are my guides?
Guide profiles will be emailed to participants following registration once guides have been assigned.
What are your booking and cancellation policies?
A 20% deposit is due upon booking to reserve your spot on a tour. If cancellations are made up to 30 days in advance of a tour, a full refund will be issued, less a 20% cancellation fee, applied per person.
Refunds cannot be issued within 30 days of a tour, unless Jackpine Paddle or the participant can find a replacement. If a replacement can be found, a full refund will be issued, less a 20% cancellation fee.
Our cancellation policy must apply in all circumstances including medical and family situations. We strongly encourage participants to purchase trip interruption and cancellation insurance that covers non-refundable expenses for trip fees, airfare and accommodations. We recommend trip interruption and cancellation insurance from Group Medical Services which can be purchased online at www.gms.ca.
We may have to cancel trips that do not make meet the minimum participant numbers, or in cases of exceptionally bad weather. Should we cancel a trip, a full refund will be made.
What are your evacuation policies?
Should illness or safety necessitate the evacuation of one or more participants, or should a participant choose to leave a trip early for any reason, all evacuation expenses will be paid by the individual(s) involved. No refund will be paid to a participant who does not complete a trip for any reason. Please note that provincial/territorial health care plans do not cover ambulance services outside your home province. If you became ill in a remote location you may be responsible for very expensive evacuation and air ambulance charges. To protect against these costs we recommend emergency medical insurance from Group Medical Services which can be purchased online at www.gms.ca. Participants are strongly encouraged to review the policy for exclusions, particularly for pre-existing medical conditions.