The Porcupine river

Canoeing on Indian Land


Location : Yukon, Canada. ( from Inuvik to Old crow)
Environment : Tundra rivers and mountains
Level :
Duration : 19 days including 13 days canoeing
Season : Autumn , Summer
Date(s) :
Price : 3900.00 € (+ 5% GST, off air)
Activity : Canoe
Desciption :  


The Porcupine river flows in Alaska and Yukon. The source of the river is located in the Olgivie Mountains, in the north of Dawson City and flows north for 721km (448 miles), then southwest. It goes through the community of Old Crow in Yukon and flows into the Yukon river at Fort Yukon. It was discovered in 1842 by John Bell. A herd of 125 000 caribous live in the river’s valley and is considered as one of the largest in the world.



A 19 days trip including 13 canoeing
Ideal to combine canoe, observation and exploration
A time travel in the middle of arctic tundra
An incredible hydroplane flight above the Mackenzie river
A trip in which you will meet mooses, bears, lynxes, wolves and birds.
A visit of Old Crow, of fishing and hunting camps
Two nights in a spacious lodge
Camp’s lifestyle
Observation of northern lights



The Porcupine caribous herd migrates in the north of Yukon and in the northwest of Alaska. For thousands years, the herd was the only source of food, clothes, tools and houses for Gwitch'in and Inuvialuits living in this tundra region. This is still the case today. Indeed, the herd is still the major source of livelihood and the source of their cultural identity.
In Old Crow, a village near the river, excitement is at its climax. Caribous are close, ready to cross the river. Indians wait and observe. Everyone knows that their clan livelihood only depends on the quantity of meat, fishes and wild fruits they will get. When caribous finally arrive, the new quickly spreads in the village and even further.


Day 1: Flight from Paris to Inuvik, transfer to the lodge
Day 2: Transfer to Summit lake by float plane then hiking.
Day 3 to 16 : Hiking & Canoeing the Lillte Bell, Bell and Porcupine river
Day 17: Arriving to Old Crow and visit of the village
Day 18: Flight to Inuvik, transfer to the lodge.
Day 19: Transfer to town, then to the airport



Number of days of activities

19 days including 13 days canoeing (2 persons per canoe)
Small hikes (1 to 2 hours)
A camping tent to put up each night along the river
5  persons per guide minimum

Characteristics of the tour

A floatplane ride (1 hour)
The river: 330 km, which corresponds to 25 km (6 hours) a day (class 1, easy)
Looped tour: go by canoe to Old Crow and back to Whitehorse by airplane
Level: Beginner, still, a good physical condition is required


Day 1 : in a spacious and full equipped chalet & hotel
Day 2 to 17: under a tent, in a camp
Day 18: back to the hotel
Day 19: end of program 


In the chalet & hotel : non included
During the trip: Hot breakfast, lunch and diner
Mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks


French speaking guide of a French guide 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 to the closest first-aid post.




The TPS for all destinations.
Transportation by 4X4 in Inuvik.
The guide.
All the meal 
2 nights in a hotel.
The float plane ride.
All the equipment: canoe, tent, paddle, canoe pack, kitchen tools, life jacket.

Not Include

Flight Old Crow / Inuvik
International flights.
Meals in Whitehorse & Inuvik
The TIP.
Your travel insurance
Personal gear


Your itinerary: Paris/Whitehorse:  Air Canada and Air Transat or Condor air lignes



your guide :  
  Christophe Marie
06 71 78 22 37

> View the profile of this guide