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Canoe North Ltd.

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dan w wrote a review May 2018
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I used Canoe North as my outfitter to run the Mackenzie in summer 2017. Doug Swallow, (and by proxy Michelle Swallow and "The Mackenzie River Guide") gave me the right gear and guidance to safely run the river to Tsiigehtchic alone. Doug's staff picked me up after a series of four plane flights from CA to Hay River, let me pick my boat from a broad assortment, gave me space in the warehouse to work, assisted me as needed, and was very flexible on the rental contract, adding and subtracting as needed. During my 3-1/2 week trip I heard from Doug's staff just enough! Doug worked with me on logistics, a changed pull-out, and put me in touch with locals in several towns, and when it came to turn in my boat. There was no haggling or acrimony about the boat or damages, even though I was the first one to 'break in a new boat.' I highly recommend Canoe North as an affordable provisioner and outfitter.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Yvon C wrote a review Oct 2016
Gatineau, Canada1 contribution1 helpful vote
I went on a canoe trip on the Mackenzie river for the first time in 1976. Last winter (2016), I decided to go back, but this time solo and in a kayak. I contacted Doug Swallow at Canoe North, after few short phone calls and emails, I had answers to my questions and a kayak booked for the following summer. I flew to Yellowknife and from there, I took a bus (Frontier Coachlines) to Hay River. Without asking, the bus driver dropped me off at my hotel door, which was greatly appreciated. I had a bike and all the gear for the river trip with me in order to cycle home At Canoe North, the people were very friendly and helpful. They picked me up at the hotel, wrapped my bike on a pallet and drove me to Northern Transport Company (NTCL) to have the bike shipped to Inuvik on a barge. They really made things easy for me. My kayak was in very good condition, clean and well equipped, not a speed demon but not sluggish either, roomy and one that could take the punishment, there are many shallows on the Mackenzie. Cargo space is restrictive in a kayak, so the amount of food you can take with you is limited. This said, I had no problem resupplying in the communities along the river. It was a great occasion to met the local people and spend some time in the community. In 1976, I had a bundle of over 20 topographic maps 1:250 000 with me. This time, all I used was "The Mackenzie River Guidebook" in a map case, all the maps for the trip at 1:50 000, a must. In Inuvik, I paddled to the dock of Northern Transport Cie. they put the kayak, in their warehouse and drove me to the campground in Inuvik. All In all, it was a wonderful trip. Beautiful scenery, lots of wildlife, waterfowl, bald eagles all along the way, peregrine falcons, swans, otters, black bears, grizzly bears, wolverines, muskox and yes, wolves everywhere. I met wonderful people from day one to the end. I am very grateful to Canoe North in making this trip a reality.
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Date of experience: June 2016
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Cathy C wrote a review Oct 2016
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Canoe North outfitted us for our us with a Clipper Canoe to paddle the 1700km from Hay River to the Beaufort Sea. The boat was in very good condition, spacious, comfortable and stable and quickly became a good friend to us. We sent regular check-in messages to Doug along the whole trip and it was reassuring to know that we had someone local to help us should we need it. In Inuvik at the end of the trip our boat was promptly picked up at the riverside by Marie on the same day we arrived. So easy. Without Canoe North the logistics of this trip would have been very difficult, but with Canoe North help this amazing adventure to the end of the Americas was made easy peasy.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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716Brian wrote a review Aug 2016
Buffalo, New York4 contributions2 helpful votes
I can't say enough good things about Doug Swallow and my experience as a customer with Canoe North. We rented an 18.5' canoe, paddles, barrels and life vests. The canoe was in perfect shape and served us well. Doug did all the logistics work, getting us to the put-in, showing us the ropes to ship our truck north. And as an added bonus, when we had trouble with our camping stove, he delivered a new one to us in Fort Providence. Every step of the way, Doug was helpful, professional, and generous. You can trust your trip with him.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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Quinzan wrote a review Feb 2015
Edmonton, Canada1 contribution5 helpful votes
I decided to rent a kayak with Canoe North instead of bringing my own boat because it was complicated to get my kayak back from Tuktoyatuk. But I was concerned about the quality of the rented material, so I took my own paddle with me and rented a kayak with spare paddle only. When I picked up the material in Hay River I realized that the spare paddle they gave me was better than my own paddle and the kayak was just the perfect one for this kind of trip. Unlike most rent places I know, all the material was very good: bailing pump, neoprene spray deck, kayak in perfect condition,... And their river guide is thought to be used in the river: good paper and wire binding, so you can carry it open in the page you need. With more information than you need to go down the river and interesting notes about local culture and fauna. On top of that they provided me with all the information I needed, and even helped with the emergency plan. Having my family, thousands of km away, as emergency contacts for the SPOT (satellite emergency device) wasn't really useful. I was glad to know that if I hit the help button someone that actually knows what to do will be contacted.
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Date of experience: June 2014
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