Lottery

Entries can be made in the lottery beginning January 7 at 9:00 am and will close on January 13 at 11:59 pm.  The links below will be live during those times.

2021 Northern Tier Lottery Details 

Northern Tier will offer a lottery for reservations for the 2021 summer season and 2020-21 Okpik season.  The registration for the lottery will be open from Tuesday January 7, 2020 until Monday January 13, 2020.   

  • Lottery Entries will be taken online. 
  • Crews selected for a Northern Tier Trek will be notified by email by January 24, 2020.   
  • Any crews not selected will be notified by February 1, 2020. 
  • Remaining reservations will open first-come, first-served on February 1, 2020. 
  • The crew deposit will be due by February 14, 2020 for all crews accepted in the lottery. 
  • Only one entry per unit will be accepted.  If there are duplicate entries for a unit, those entries will be discarded.  Please designate only one individual to enter the lottery. 
    • Multiple crews may be registered under a single lottery entry.
  • No preference is given based on the timing of entry in the lottery.  All entries are weighed equally.

NEW in 2021 – Off-Peak Pricing

Sign a crew up for an off-peak time at Northern Tier and receive a discount on your fees.  

Summer Wilderness Canoe Treks:  Any crews arriving on August 6, 2021 or later.  You will receive a 25% discount off the published summer fees. 

Winter Programs (Okpik and Kapvik):  Any Okpik weekend or Cabin Stay Crews (non-dog sled trips) registered during the dates listed below (trip must fall completely within the dates shown), will receive a 15% discount off the published Okpik fees.

  • Jan 7-11, 2021
  • Jan 21-25, 2021
  • Jan 28-Feb 1, 2021
  • Feb 25-Mar 1, 2021

2021 Summer Information

Summer Program Type (Fees are listed per crew per night)#Participants (Per Crew)Standard Outfitting (Lightweight Canoes)Discount Outfitting (Aluminum Canoes)Season Starts /Season Ends
Ely Trip*6-8 participants$ 800.00$710.00June 5 / Aug 20 
Atikokan Trip* – Taxes Included6-8 participants$920.00 $815.00 June 12 / Aug 17 
Atikokan Trip* – Taxes Included9-11 participants$1,265.00$1,120.00 June 12 / Aug 17 
Bissett Trip – Taxes Included6-8 participants**$815.00 June 13 / Aug 15 
Bissett Trip – Taxes Included9-11 participants**$1,120.00 June 13 / Aug 15 

*Crews starting their trip on Aug 6 or later will receive a 25% discount off the published fees for all summer wilderness canoe treks.

*Ely and Atikokan crews planning to travel into the Quetico Provincial Park will pay additional park fees at the time of entrance.  Crews should plan to budget an additional $750-$1500 for these park fees.  More details can be found at:  http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/quetico#BackcountryCamping 

**Lightweight canoes are not available for Bissett Trips.   

***Northern Tier outfits Lightweight Canoes as standard practice. If crews prefer to use a heavier aluminum canoe, they must note that at the time of registration.   

Summer Payment Information
Date Amount Due 
within 3 weeks of reservation $800 per crew 
October 1 1st payment (1/2 remaining balance) 
March 1 – Crews arriving in June Final Payment, Balance Due
April 1 – Crews arriving in July 
May 1 – Crews arriving in August 

All fees (deposit, first payment and final payment) are non-refundable and non-transferable in event of cancellation. Exercise caution in making reservations or paying fees for anyone who has not made a financial commitment.  Northern Tier High Adventure Programs must commit financial resources to employ staff, purchase food and supplies, and prepare for base operations. Participants are, therefore, also required to make a financial commitment to attend. Be conservative in making reservations to avoid losing fees due to cancellations.

2020-2021 Winter Information (Okpik & Kapvik)

Program Type (all fees per crew-per night) Small Crew Fee (6-8 Participants) Large Crew Fee (9-11 Participants) Dog Crew Fee (6-7 Participants) Season Starts /Season Ends 
Holiday Stay Session 1 $ 800 $ 1,100  Dec 27 / Jan 1 
Holiday Stay Session 2 $ 800 $ 1,100  Dec 29 / Jan 3 
Okpik/Kapvik Weekends $ 800 $ 1,100  Jan 3 / Mar 2 
Basic Dog Sledding   $ 1,500Jan 3 / Mar 2 
Advanced Dog Sledding   $ 1,700Jan 3 / Mar 2 
Winter Payment Information
Date Amount Due 
within 3 weeks of reservation $800 per crew 
May 15 Remaining Balance for Holiday Stay and Dog Crews 
October 1 Final Payment, Balance Due all other winter programs 

*If you register for the following Okpik and Kapvik weekends you will receive a 15% discount off your fees:

  • Jan 7-11, 2021
  • Jan 21-25, 2021
  • Jan 28-Feb 1, 2021
  • Feb 25-Mar 1, 2021

All fees (deposit, first payment and final payment) are non-refundable and non-transferable in event of cancellation. Exercise caution in making reservations or paying fees for anyone who has not made a financial commitment.  Northern Tier High Adventure Programs must commit financial resources to employ staff, purchase food and supplies, and prepare for base operations. Participants are, therefore, also required to make a financial commitment to attend. Be conservative in making reservations to avoid losing fees due to cancellations.