The famous Nahanni River in Canada's Northwest Territories is on every paddler's to-do list and is an iconic world-renowned canoeing river. These guided canoeing expeditions offer options on different sections of the river for a variety of skill levels. Ranging from 8 days to 21 days, there is a trip to meet every paddlers needs.
A Nahanni River canoeing experience is truly the "trip of a lifetime." For those with limited vacation time, the one week adventure allows you to experience the best of the Nahanni's "Grand Canyons," Virginia Falls and many of the iconic features for which the Nahanni River is known for. You follow a 7-day route, travelling over 240 kilometres (150 miles) from Virginia Falls to Nahanni Butte. Over this course, the Nahanni River drops 396 metres (1300 feet), or almost 9 feet per mile.
The Nahanni River 12-day trip covers the same distance as the seven day trip but allows more time for additional hiking and exploring, as well as savoring the beauty of the Nahanni Valley area. This extended trip allows you to enjoy two nights at Virginia Falls to hike and photograph this wonder of nature. As well you have more time to experience some fantastic canyon hiking to the top of The Gate and at least one additional lay-over camp and a more relaxed pace than the one week trip allowing more time to savour the experience.
If you're an avid whitewater canoeist then the 14 day trip is the classic Nahanni adventure. The Nahanni River is a mecca for serious canoe trippers and for many of those who love this adventure sport, a canoeing expedition on the Nahanni is a once in a lifetime "pilgrimage." Covering the entire length of the original Nahanni National Park boundary from Rabbitkettle Lake to the confluence with the Liard River, the 14 day canoeing adventure is considered a classic for the adventurous paddler. You travel on the Nahanni River from Rabbitkettle Hot Springs to Lindberg's Landing over approximately 370 kilometres (230 miles) with an elevation drop of 550 metres (1800 feet).
If you have the time, this three week canoeing and hiking trip is indeed the ultimate way to experience northwest Canada and the Nahanni River by canoe. Beginning upstream of Rabbitkettle Lake, but below the technically demanding Rock Gardens, this canoeing and hiking adventure allows a premium amount of time for those who wish to maximize their experience with the many side-hike possibilities.