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The Northwest Passage

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The Northwest Passage is a sea route that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, via the Arctic Ocean and the waterways of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. In May 2022, we begin an attempt to paddle the majority of this fabled route. After paddling the Mackenzie River (Deh-Cho) – Canada’s longest river – we begin our journey on the Arctic Coast at Tuktoyaktuk and intend to paddle across the top of Canada to Newfoundland. 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 summer seasons, from 2022 to 2024.

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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

Mackenzie River PDF Guide from NWT Tourism

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

Chronology of Sea Kayaking Expeditions

Make sure you check out some of our other trips by kayak!

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