The Northwest Passage is a sea route that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, across the top of Canada, via the Arctic Ocean and the waterways of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
In June 2022, we began an attempt to paddle the majority of this fabled route.
We started 1800km away in Hay River and paddled the Dehcho (Mackenzie River) to the Arctic Coast at Tuktoyaktuk. From there we battled cold temperatures and strong winds to reach the hamlet of Paulatuk, where we ended for our first season. In 2023 we will continue east sometime in July with a goal to reach Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, or Taloyoak.
The exact route and final destination is undecided, but we intend to complete the route completely under human power, with the large majority of it by kayak. We expect it to take three or four summer seasons, from 2022 to 2025.
Click on an image below to learn more
Additional Reading & Resources
There are many spectacular books written about kayak adventures in the Arctic. Below is a small selection:
Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak by Victoria Jason
Arctic Crossing by Jonathon Waterman
Paddle to the Arctic by Don Starkell
My Third Continent (series) by Freya Hoffmeister
Cold Oceans by Jon Turk
In the Wake of the Jomon by Jon Turk
Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild by Jon Turk
The MacKenzie River Guide – a Paddler’s Guide to Canada’s Longest River by Michelle Swallow
Rowing the Northwest Passage by Kevin Vallely
On Polar Tides: Paddling and Surviving the Coast of Northern Labrador by Nigel Foster
Nothing is Impossible by Diane Gionet-Hache
A Naturalist’s Guide to the Arctic by E.C. Pielou
The Arctic Guide: Wildlife of the Far North by Sharon Chester
Polar Bears: The Natural History of a Threatened Species by Ian Stirling
Make sure you check out some of our other trips by kayak!