EAST ARM EXPEDITIONS, NWT

Great Slave Lake, located in the southern half of the Northwest Territories, is the 11th largest in the world and, after Great Bear, the biggest entirely within Canada. It measures in at 28,568 square kilometres, roughly the same size as Belgium. Great Slave Lake is also North America’s deepest lake, reaching a maximum depth of more than 615 metres – deep enough to cover the CN Tower.

The fabled East Arm of Great Slake Lake has a spectacular reputation among locals, and for good reason. It features deep, clear water with abundant islands, narrow channels with tall red cliffs, and world-class fishing.

If the North has been on your bucket list for ages, these majestic islands offer a place like no others: unspoiled, remote, and iconic. With craggy cliffs and rocky islands, Blanchet and Etthen support bald eagles, terns and gulls. Breathtaking cliffs on both islands are built from rock as old as 2.7-billion years (the oldest in the world), making for some of the most epic campsites you’ll ever experience. If fishing is your thing, you’ll definitely want to bring a fishing rod to enjoy the seemingly bottomless depths surrounding these islands. They are swarming with trophy-sized lake trout. And because the lake is clean and cold, fish keep near the surface in summer, making for plenty fishing opportunities from a kayak and from camp.

WHat to expect?

We are excited to offer two sea kayaking expeditions for 2018 in the East Arm featuring two of the most spectacular islands in the East Arm: Etthen (August 11-17, 2018) and Blanchet (August 18-26, 2018).

Perfect paddling on the profound blue depths off Blanchet and Etthen islands will offer exciting days exploring deep bays backed by granite cliffs.

To add an element of magic to these expeditions, we’ve picked dates to take advantage of autumn Aurora season. As you tip your head back in awe to catch the glittering lights dancing across the sky, we’ll show you the best of our spectacular Aurora. Great Slave Lake lies directly in the magnetic “Aurora Belt”, which means it’s one of the most reliable places on earth to spot the northern lights.

Blanchet and Etthen islands are 150 km away from Yellowknife and the nearest road. The Etthen Island expedition will feature a full-day water taxi from Yellowknife to the East Arm, captained by Shawn Buckley, a third generation fisherman and tour operator, with 30+ years of experience on the big lake. At the end of the trip, we’ll return to Yellowknife with a float plane charter. Participants on the Blanchet Island expedition will charter out with a float plane, and water taxi back with Shawn’s boat.

Skill Level: Grade II

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 backcountry camping is highly recommended, as is thermal protection such as a wetsuit or dry suit.

 

What is Included?

  • Full-day boat shuttle and float plane charter
  • Experienced sea kayak guides
  • High-end Seaward fiberglass sea kayaks (single and tandem) and high quality paddles, spray-decks and other safety equipment
  • PFDs (you are free to bring your own)
  • Group gear for each expedition (tarp, kitchen equipment, utensils, water filtration, etc)
  • Gourmet meals three times a day plus snacks while on trip
  • First aid and kayak repair kits
  • Communication devices (satellite phone and Garmin Inreach)
  • Shuttles from the Yellowknife Airport to local accommodations, and back to the airport

PLEASE NOTE:  PARTICIPANTS ARE NOT PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING:

  • Accommodations in Yellowknife
  • Flights to Yellowknife
  • Drysuits and camping equipment (available for rent)
  • Meals before and after the expedition (typically breakfast on first day and dinner on the final day)

Who, When and How Much?

Skill Level: Grade II

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 highly recommended, as is thermal protection in the form of a wetsuit or dry suit.

Cost:

$2,700.00 + GST (Etthen Island)

$3,200.00 + GST (Blanchet Island)

20% deposit due on booking

*Book both Etthen and Blanchet Island Expeditions for a 10% discount (please contact info@jackpinepaddle.com to book this promotion)

Dates:

Etthen Island – 7 Days (August 11-17, 2018)

Blanchet Island – 9 Days (August 17-25, 2018)

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