Our return to the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary

Join Nahanni Wild as we return to the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary. This unique opportunity to explore some of the most remote wilderness in Canada is being led by Dana Hibbard. When we hear her speak about exploring wild places her passion is infectious. 

This trip through the tundra is a return journey for both her and the Nahanni Wild. 

"My father David first paddled the Thelon in 1991 and returned home telling stories of the endless tundra, the midnight sun and a truly untouched watershed. Raised on these stories I jumped at an opportunity to visit the region in 2007. I spent three months in the Inuit community of Baker Lake at the mouth of the Thelon river. During this time I was fortunate to be able to spend time out on the land and on the Thelon with local families. My days were filled learning of the cultural and ecological significance of this area. Like my father, I was captivated by the vibrant life of the barren lands and was thrilled by my first sighting of muskox and caribou."

- Dana Hibbard

As we travel this vast and remote landscape we will paddle the clear waters of the central arctic, follow ancient caribou paths across tundra and over eskers and spot wildlife in this Northern oasis. The Thelon Wildlife preserve is the largest protected area in Canada and this undisturbed wild is home for grizzlies, muskox, wolves and caribou along with dozens of species of birds.

Over 12 memorable days on the Thelon we will have time for hiking across the tundra and Canadian shield and for fishing the pristine waters for lake trout and arctic grayling.

This trip features Nahanni Wild’s commitment to providing the highest quality of wilderness experience. Our commitment to quality, adventure and respect can be found in our outfitting, professional guides and love of wild places.

In addition to our expedition tarps and four-season tents we will be travelling with a large screened shelter ensuring a comfortable camp experience. Each evening we will set up camp on sheltered beaches with opportunities for exploration and learning. Our wide selection of interpretive materials allow species identification and a window into the lives of those who have travelled these routes for millennia.

Special attention will be paid to  John Hornby’s cabin, inukshuks, tent rings, and other archeological evidence of Inuit culture.

Group Rendezvous: Yellowknife, NT.

Start point: Confluence of the Hanbury river and the Thelon (63 42 N / 104 25 W)

End point: Beverley Lake (64 36 N / 100 45 W)

Length: 12 days (11 nights) on the river.

Price: $9625 plus 5% GST

Please contact us below if you're interested in joining us on the Thelon River:

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