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Nahanni River rafting expeditions


Experience an exceptional expedition rafting adventure on the famous Nahanni River.  The Nahanni area is the first "World Heritage Site", named by the United Nations in 1979.  True wilderness rafting with highlights such as Virginia Falls, The Gate, Sunblood Mountain, Painted Canyon, First Canyon and Kraus' Hot Spring.  You will find yourself becoming immersed in the mystique of this canadian river and the surrounding mountains.  Your guides look after all the meals and camp chores.  Dip your paddle in the legendary Nahanni and never look back.  

The 8 day rafting adventure explores the most spectacular landscapes of Nahanni National Park. Drifting down river from 316' Virginia Falls you become immersed in the "Grand Canyons" of the Nahanni, Canada's deepest river canyons. On the Nahanni river trip, a guide maneuvers your raft with oars leaving you free to take pictures, watch for wildlife or just let the view dazzle your mind as you soak in the scenery. Experience the thrill of paddling through sets of rollercoaster waves. Ashore your guides choose the best campsites and offer hikes to vistas over looking the river and up the many intriguing side canyons. In addition to a welcoming smile your guides prepare and serve hearty and delicious meals from our unique river trip menu.

The12 day adventure is perfect for people with a bit more time and offers a second night of camping at Virginia Falls before moving on to explore the Nahanni's most spectacular landscapes. 

Nahanni

The Nahanni is Canada's most celebrated wilderness river and has long been favoured as the country's classic river trip.  The Nahanni's remote valley and mountainous surrounding will leave the wilderness traveller in awe.  The Nahanni tumbles almost 600 km through some of the most majestic country on the continent.  The famous Virginia Falls, with a drop of over 90 metres, provide an inspirational setting for the photographer and naturalist.  A riverside soak in the soothing warm waters of Kraus' Hot Spring adds another incredible dimension to your Nahanni trip.  Many opportunities to view the abundant wildlife exist as the region is home to Dall sheep, caribou, moose, black bears, bald eagles and trumpeter swans.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Expedition Raft Trips
SEASON

June to August

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

German and French speaking guides available.  Experienced, licensed,  professional, knowledgeable, fun-loving and caring.  All have strong backgrounds in natural history, biology, geology, outdoor education and are knowledgeable about the local region and its folklore.  They are licensed by Parks Canada and certified in wilderness first aid and CPR.  A 6:1 ratio of clients to guides is followed for all trips.

RESTRICTIONS

No paddling experience required, beginners welcome.

All tours are subject to a $175 per person Nahanni National Park fee.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Rentals available.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Fort Simpson, NWT, accessible by road or air.  Flight between Edmonton and Ft. Simpson can be added to the package price.

WEATHER

Summer temperatures average between 10-25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Northwest Territories
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Rafts and equipment, camping gear, tents and dry pack.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm clothing suited to a variety of weather conditions, rain gear, swimsuit, towel, hiking boots, gloves, hat and waterproof footwear. Full packing list provided upon booking.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, fishing license, gear and tackle, binoculars, insect repellent, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen and pocketknife.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations in tent campsites along the river.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Nutritious and hearty meals are included.

8 day tour, available June - August
$5650.00 / per person - CAD
June 10-17, June 24-July 1, July 8-15, July 22-29, Aug 5-12, Aug 19-26, 2018.
12 day tour, available June - August
$6350.00 / per person - CAD
June 10-21, June 24-July 5, July 8-19, July 22-Aug 2, Aug 5-16, Aug 19-30, 2018.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 20% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Cancellations 60 days or more prior to departure - full refund less $200 administration fee. Cancellation 59-30 days prior to departure - 25% refund. Cancellation 29 days or less - no refund. Discount airfare is non-refundable. Be sure to purchase travel insurance.

8 day tour, available June - August

Day 1

Participants need to arrive in Fort Simpson with First Air, or before 12 noon with their own vehicle. Following a pick-up at the airport, your guide will hold a pre-trip orientation with lunch at the MacKenzie Rest Inn. Personal clothing and bags not required for the trip can be left behind in Fort Simpson. These will be waiting for you at Blackstone Territorial Park upon completion of your trip. Charter flight to Virginia Falls. (weather permitting) This breathtaking flight takes us over the Nahanni Range and the Ram Plateau before reaching Virginia Falls. We will camp at the Falls the first night and will have time to explore and take photographs from the many promontories overlooking the Falls.

Day 2

After breakfast your guides will complete the portage of camp equipment. Participants are asked to portage their own pack 2 km to the "put in" below the Falls. Most of this portage is on a board walk and downhill. Lunch is served on the cobble beach below the falls. Following a safety talk, we load the rafts and begin our descent. Leaving the roar of the falls behind us, we will ride high on the waves through the Painted Canyon. The excitement continues with our passage through Figure Eight Rapids. We will find our camp close to the mouth of the Flat River.

 

Day 3

Days 3-6: Back on the river we float along the foreboding Funeral Range and enter Third Canyon (35km) where the Nahanni cuts a passage just past Mary River. You will be awestruck as we float silently between the 1200m canyon walls which rise skyward above the river. We will camp at The Gate in view of Pulpit Rock. A short hike to a lookout above The Gate affords a magnificent vista of the valley below. We continue on through Third and Second Canyon (15 km) into Deadmen Valley - known for its legends and mystery. This spectacular open valley offers numerous exploratory options. Following an exciting run through George's Riffle, we drift between the sky-high walls of First Canyon which reach heights of over 1400 m. This 26 km canyon will lead us to the soothing waters of Kraus' Hot Spring. We then bid farewell to the canyons and make our way into the Splits - a maze of islands.

 

Day 7

Following breakfast, we will continue on to the Native village of Nahanni Butte. (Pop. approx. 120) Remote yet surprisingly modern, a stroll into town provides insight into a culture far removed from most of North America. Following a snack from the village store we will board the Nahanni Butte River taxi for the 15 km ride to the Nahanni Butte Road Landing on the Liard River. The awaiting NWA shuttle van will take your group on the short drive to Blackstone Territorial Park. This beautifully situated park offers hot showers, a private day shelter, an information centre and tenting. Any baggage you left behind will be waiting for you. Sue Lindberg, a local homesteader, provides your meals, mainly from her garden for the last night and morning with inviting Northern hospitality.

Day 8

After breakfast we will depart with a van shuttle for Fort Simpson. We will arrive in time to meet your south bound flight with First Air or for you to begin the drive with your own vehicle.

12 day tour, available June - August

Day 1

Participants need to arrive in Fort Simpson with First Air, or before 12 noon with their own vehicle. Following a pick-up at the airport, your guide will hold a pre-trip orientation with lunch at the MacKenzie Rest Inn. Personal clothing and bags not required for the trip can be left in our van and our driver will bring them to our base. These will be waiting for you at Blackstone Territorial Park upon completion of your trip. Charter flight to Virginia Falls. (weather permitting) This breathtaking flight takes us over the Nahanni Range, the Ram Plateau and then up the Nahanni River to Virginia Falls. We will camp at the Falls for the first night and will have time to explore and take photographs from the many promontories overlooking the Falls.

Day 2

After breakfast your guides will complete the portage of camp equipment. Participants are asked to portage their own pack 2 km to the "put in" below the Falls. Most of this portage is on a board walk and down hill. Lunch is served on the cobble beach below the Falls. Following a safety talk, we load the rafts/canoes and begin our descent. Leaving the roar of the Falls behind us, we will ride high on the waves through the Painted Canyon. The excitement continues with our passage through Figure Eight Rapids. We will find our camp close to the mouth of the Flat River.

Day 3

Days 3-10: Back on the river we float along the foreboding Funeral Range and enter Third Canyon (35km) where the Nahanni cuts a passage just past Mary River. You will be awestruck as we float silently between the 1200m canyon walls which rise skyward above the river. We will camp at The Gate in view of Pulpit Rock. The following day we will layover and make a short hike to a lookout above The Gate that affords a magnificent vista of the valley below. The following day we will continue on through Third and Second Canyon (15 km) into Deadmen Valley - known for its legends and mystery. This spectacular open valley offers numerous exploratory options. Following an exciting run through George's Riffle, we drift between the sky-high walls of First Canyon which reach heights of over 1400 m. This 26 km canyon will lead us to Lafferty's Canyon, a side canyon which joins the Nahanni on its east side. We often take a second layover here and spend the day exploring chasms and pools which dot the canyons floor. The following morning it is down to the soothing waters of Kraus' Hot Spring. We then bid farewell to the canyons and make our way into the Splits - a maze of islands.

Day 11

Following breakfast, we will continue on to the Native village of Nahanni Butte. (Pop. approx. 120) Remote yet surprisingly modern, a stroll into town provides insight into a culture far removed from most of North America. Following a snack from the village store we will board the Nahanni Butte River taxi for the 15 km ride to the Nahanni Butte Road Landing on the Liard River. The awaiting NWA shuttle van will take your group on the short drive to Blackstone Territorial Park. This beautifully situated park offers hot showers, a private day shelter, an information centre and tenting. Any baggage you left behind will be waiting for you. Sue Lindberg, a local homesteader, provides your meals, mainly from her garden for the last night and morning with inviting Northern hospitality.

Day 12

After breakfast, we will depart with a van shuttle for Fort Simpson. We will arrive in time to meet your Southbound flight with First Air, or for you to begin the drive with your own vehicle.