Jackpine Youth Camps

Building off a successful season in 2017, Jackpine Paddle is excited to offer new summer and winter camps for 2018. We provide a fun, safe and supportive environment for kids to interact with nature, hone their outdoor skills, meet new friends and enjoy the spectacular Northwest Territories to the fullest!

With an expanded set of camp offerings, we’ve got something for everyone. From novice paddlers to the seasoned outdoor enthusiasts, from learning to camp to a whitewater river trip, we’ve got awesome adventures awaiting all of our campers, during all of our seasons.

We’re proud to teach “leave no-trace” camping principles as well as skill levels laid out by Paddle Canada, our national paddling certification program. Our camps are run by Paddle Canada certified instructors with years of experience facilitating on-water and land programming for youth. Our camp staff are also certified with Standard First Aid and Wilderness First Aid.

WINTER ADVENTURE CAMP

Winter is wonderful! So new for 2018, our winter adventure camp takes place during spring break on the last week of March. We’ll celebrate the return of the sun with an action-packed week of outdoor winter fun! This day camp is designed for campers to experience a variety of exciting outdoor and cultural activities in the Yellowknife area. Leaving their smart phones behind, our campers will have an unforgettable week of fresh air, adventure, and exploring the beautiful wilderness around the Yellowknife area and Great Slave Lake. While the focus of the camp is on having fun with friends in a supportive environment, instructors will incorporate winter and northern survival skills into our activities throughout the week. And we are really excited about learning opportunities for campers with local cultural outfitters that will be a highlight of this camp!

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PADDLE CAMP

Our Paddle Camp will take youth to the pristine wilderness and clear waters on the rivers and lakes in the Yellowknife area. Staff are chosen for their experience, skills and ability to make trips fun and safe. We start on day one at a local lake make sure everyone is comfortable in the boats and with our safety procedures (July 2). Then we are off for 3 nights and 4 days of self-propelled, learning on the land! (July 3 – 6). It’s a great opportunity to be with a peer group in canoes, setting up camp and learning to navigate amongst islands and along lakes. We focus on beginning leadership skills, and encourage everyone to support each other in this exciting wilderness adventure.
Campers will learn the fundamental skills of canoeing including carving the canoe on an edge, teamwork, navigation, paddling strokes, and rescues. There will be lots of time for play, and canoes make the best toys! We’ll have games around camp, go exploring and test our luck fishing!

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WHITEWATER PADDLE CAMP

New for 2018, the Whitewater Paddle Camp is here for one reason: running rapids is really fun! Similar to the Paddle Camp during the week prior, we start on day one at a local lake make sure everyone is comfortable in the boats and with our safety procedures (July 9). Then we are off for 3 nights and 4 days of self-propelled, learning on the land! (July 10 – 13). It’s a great opportunity to be with a peer group in canoes, setting up camp and learning to navigate down rapids on a local river. We focus on beginning leadership skills, and encourage everyone to support each other in this exciting wilderness adventure.

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LAC LA MARTRE RIVER EXPEDITION

New for 2018, the Lac La Martre River Expedition offers an extended, un-supported backcountry river trip for high school students. This will be an unforgettable trip of a lifetime, following pristine northern rivers through Tlicho Territory.
On July 16, we’ll load our canoes and gear and board a charter flight to the community of Whati. From there, we’ll take a shuttle from the community to get around the bulk of a portage for beautiful Lac La Martre Falls. We’ll carry our gear 900m down to the water and spend the next six days paddling down the Lac La Martre and Marion rivers to Marion Lake, joining the traditional Idaa Trail. The rivers run quickly with loads of fun Class I-II whitewater and swifts to practice and improve our whitewater paddling skills, and few portages! Once at Marion Lake we’ll paddle south to the community of Behchoko where a shuttle will take us back to Yellowknife.

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