The Thomsen river

Canoe with caribou


Location : Banks Island, Canada ( From Inuvik to Aulavik)
Environment : Tundra river and valley
Level : Good level
Duration : 15 days including 12 days canoeing
Season : Summer
Date(s) :
Price : 10900 $ (+ 5% GST, off air)
Activity : Canoe
Desciption :  


In the heart of Aulavik National Park flows the Thomsen River, one of the most northerly navigable waterways in North Canada. It slowly flows through the park for 160km. Rated Class 1; it has no rapids or obstructions and can easily be paddled by canoe or kayak. The Thomsen River valley is the lushest area in the park and is home to an abundance of wildlife.

River trips generally start at headwater lakes, at the park southern boundary or at Green Cabin, and usually end at Muskox River or Castel Bay. The trip takes between ten and fifteen days, depending on the start and end point. This allows for a few bad weather days and time to hike along the river corridor. The river may be iced until mi June and by early August, some reach may be too shallow to float a canoe. Thus, the best time to paddle the Thomsen River is late June to late July



15 days trip including 13 days canoeing
An ideal trip to combine exploration, archeological sites and observation
A time travel in the heart of Canadian Arctic
An incredible flight in a Twin Otter above Mackenzie Delta, Barentz Sea and Banks Island
A trip in which you will encounter muskoxen, birds and wolves
Visit of Inuvik city
Two nights in a spacious lodge
Camp's lifestyle



The Thomsen River valley is home to the world largest herd of muskoxen (47 OOO muskoxen). They run through the valley's marshes and feed with willow plants, grasses sedges and forbs. The valley is also home to Peary caribou (called after the explorer William Peary). On the lower course of the river -with lakes and ponds nearby- a migratory birds sanctuary was designated since we can find many brant gooses there.



Day 1: Arrival to Inuvik- transfert to the lodge
Day 2: transfert to Aulavik National Park
Days 3 to 13: canoeing on the Thomsen river
Days 14: canoeing to the Inuvik and to the lodge
Day 15 : Transfert to the airport



Number of days of activities

15 days including 13 days canoeing (2 people per canoe)
Several hike from 1 to 4 hours
A camping tent to pitch up each night, along the river
5 participants per guide

(Information: for small groups, an extra $100 is asked for any person less).

Characteristics of the tour

Go and back to the park by aircraft
The river: 170km: 13 km a day: 2hours a day (Class 1: easy)
Looped tour: go by canoe, back by flight
Difficulties: none, opened to beginners


Day 1: In a spacious and equipped chalet
Day 2 to 13: Under a camping tent, in a campsite
Day 14: Back to the chalet

(Single or double room)


In the chalet: full board (except alcohol)
On the ground: Hot breakfast, hot lunch and hot diner
Snack in mid-morning and in mid-afternoon


French speaking guide or French guide specialized in Arctic and qualified in mountain and river.
All our guides are equipped with a satellite phone, a GPS and updated maps. Therefore, you will always be connected with the closest first-aid post.

your guide :  
  Christophe Marie
06 71 78 22 37

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