Whitehorse RCMP say a man canoeing the Big Salmon River activated an emergency locator after tipping his canoe Monday.

They say the experienced canoeist from Ontario began his trip at Quiet Lake on Sunday but he was only one day into his trip before tipping over in a rough patch of water.

The police were notified yesterday afternoon about a 911 satellite signal from the Big Salmon River area. It was about a 120 kilometres northeast of Whitehorse in a remote area with no roads.

Officers and paramedics went to the area in a helicopter where they found the man on a sandbar with his canoe and some clothing.

He had lost his paddle and map during the mishap. The police say other than early signs of hypothermia he was in good spirits.

The man planned to return to Ontario Tuesday morning.