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This epic trip on the Dehcho in the Northwest Territories of Canada is offered as 10 or 15-day durations. The 10-day tour starts in Fort Providence, while the 15-day tour starts in Hay River and includes the crossing of Great Slave Lake. Most nights are spent in the local communities at hotels or B&Bs, with a couple of nights spent camping at riverside campsites.
The Mackenzie River is known as the ‘great’ river or the ‘big’ river by the Indigenous people along its course. The trip starts from Yellowknife Northwest Territories, with a scenic road trip to either Hay River for the long trip or Fort Providence for the shorter trip. This remarkable trip focuses on the river and the communities you will visit along the way.
After reaching the Mackenzie River Delta at Inuvik, you will complete your journey to Tuktoyaktuk on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Dip your toes into the ocean, or jump right in! You will spend the day and overnight in Inuvik before flying back to Yellowknife.
Your lead guide on this remarkable Mackenzie River expedition is famous for his knowledge of the area and speaks all Indigenous languages of the region. Joe, ‘The Aurora Hunter’, was born and raised in the NWT and had a strong track record of leading visitors and tour groups into the wilderness of Canada’s north. Joe’s Dene background and connection to the local communities on this epic northern trip are remarkable. He continues the tradition of storytelling, keeping the spoken history and languages of his people alive. His family has lived here for generations, and his ancestors have lived here for thousands of years. They are waiting here to welcome you into their homes and homeland. You are in good hands.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be immersed in the history and traditions of the Indigenous people of this area, and you will have experienced Canada’s true north on the great Mackenzie River.
The Mackenzie River is the longest and largest drainage basin in Canada and second only to the Mississippi River in all of North America. Though its drainage area covers a large portion of northern British Columbia and northern Alberta, the main stem...)
The Mackenzie River is the longest and largest drainage basin in Canada and second only to the Mississippi River in all of North America.
Though its drainage area covers a large portion of northern British Columbia and northern Alberta, the main stem of the Mackenzie River starts at the west end of Great Slave Lake, about 150km southwest of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories.
After leaving Great Slave Lake, the Mackenzie River winds its way west before turning northwest along the eastern side of the Mackenzie Mountain Range, eventually emptying into the Arctic Ocean about 1800 km downstream. At times, the river is up to 2-3km wide, with narrower sections of 200-800m. Rapids are infrequent, but there is a stretch of rapids downstream of the village of Jean Marie River. The river finds its own path, and there are many braided sections and islands along its course.
The Mackenzie River flows through vast areas of Canada’s great northern boreal forest and sub-arctic taiga. The region is considered one of the largest intact ecosystems remaining in Canada.
The Mackenzie River and its massive arctic delta draw hundreds of migratory bird species. Wildlife in this area includes moose, caribou, wood bison, beaver, wolverine, lynx, wolves, black bears, and grizzly bears.
BOOKING & CANCELLATION POLICY
All bookings require a deposit of 15% per person in order to confirm your dates. The balance is due at least 60 days prior to your trip departure date, at which time the deposit become non-refundable.
Between 59 and 31 days prior to departure, there is a 75% refund of all funds. 30 days or less prior to the Package departure date, there is a 50% refund of all funds.