- Start: Big Bend
- Finish: Kugluktuk NU (Coppermine)
- Length: 14 days
- Distance: 190 km (118 mi)
- Elevation Loss: 275 m (902 ft)
- River Class: 2
- Craft: Canoe
- Skill Level: Intermediate/ Moving Water
Land of the Midnight Sun - Franklin's Legendary River
Legends of the mighty Coppermine are rooted in the journals of John Franklin and Samuel Hearne. On the Coppermine you will experience first hand the beauty and majesty, which inspired the paintings of Robert Hood and George Back. The river valley, rich in wildlife, flows in and out of the Barrens as it makes its way through steep-walled canyons and thrilling rapids to the Arctic Ocean. The mystery and power of such famous sites as Rocky Defile, Escape Rapids and Bloody Falls have made this rugged river a Canadian classic. Following a bush plane flight from Yellowknife, we will start a 14-day descent from Big Bend. Here the current picks up, moving quickly through deep powerful rapids. Major sets will be scouted - sometimes portaged, sometimes shot - depending on water levels and group interest. A day will be set aside to hike in the September Mountains before we complete our journey at the Inuit community of Kugluktuk. Bring your fishing rod; the char and grayling are fantastic!
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