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paddling in the arctic

Lakes in the far north can remain frozen or icy well into summer.


Far North Paddling Guide

Paddling the Far North—Nunavut and the Northwest Territories in Canada—is one of the ultimate goals for an advanced paddler. Also called the barren lands, the tundra and the land of the midnight sun, the Far North offers experiences found nowhere else: caribou sightings, near 24-hour daylight, and a true reprieve from the modern world. It also offers unique challenges, like intense bugs, exposure, and isolation.

Canadian paddler Brian Johnston has paddled Far North rivers of all kinds: swift descents from the mountains into the Mackenzie Valley, subarctic rivers emptying into the Arctic Ocean, traverses from the Northwest Territories to Nunavut, and drainages into Hudson Bay. Editor of the Paddle Canada Canoe Program, Brian has shared his Far North packing list with Canoeing.com. It's the Ultimate Guide to Far North Clothing and Gear.


ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FAR NORTH PADDLING GEAR
Before You Begin Packing
Snow in July? Unrelenting heat and no shade? You can see it all in the Far North, so prepare with Brian's packing tips and notes on what to expect in the Far North... Read More >
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Canoes and Paddling Gear
Advice on PFDs, paddles, whitewater gear, outfitting your canoe and even dragging harnesses, sails and kites...
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Personal Gear and Clothing
Dress for the weather and comfort by tailoring sets of clothes to daytime paddling and in-camp, weather bound days... Read More >
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Packs, Barrels and Wanigans
Packs for the Far North need to work for more than portaging. Flotation is key, and so is the consideration of Grizzly Bears... Read More >
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Tents, Tarps, and Shelters
Be ready for intense sun, wind, bugs and weather-bound days with the right selection of tents, tarps, shelters...
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Kitchen Gear
The way you like to eat will determine the way you like to cook. Brian shares his recipe for good eating in the Far North... Read More >
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Navigation and Safety Gear
There is no such thing as an easy rescue in the Far North. It's up to you to be prepared for everything from the smallest cut to a whitewater accident... Read More >
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Entertainment
Whether you're recording the day's events or sitting out four days of wind, a few extras will help you pass the time...
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Far North Trip Logs
Check out Far North canoe routes submitted by Canoeing.com users... Read More >
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Making Your Own Canoe Route Maps
Making Your Own Maps Innovation and Traditional: Navigating, Mapping, and Online Route Planning Tools.... Read More >


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