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Itinerary and Pricing Land Tour
Nahanni Scenic Rafting with Canoe North Adventures

June 29 to July 8, 2024

$9,195 CAD + 5 % tax


  • 7 day 1 2

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    Day 1–2: Fort Simpson to Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls)

    Depart from Fort Simpson, NT for the river around 11:30 a.m. After a stunning flight into the heart of the Mackenzie Mountains, we'll arrive at Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls), set up camp, and overnight. Explore the spectacular scenery around (Náįlįcho) Virginia Falls on this scheduled layover day with an opportunity to hike to the summit of Sunblood Mountain. Parks Canada staff may offer an interpretive program discussing specific aspects of flora and fauna unique to Nahanni National Park.

  • 7 day 3

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    Day 3: Nahanni River

    We'll complete the 1.5-kilometre portage around Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls) and load the rafts prior to entering Nahanni’s legendary canyons—the first of which is known as Painted Canyon. Inside its towering walls lay some of the biggest rapids on the Nahanni River, up to Class 3 in difficulty, and we’ll rise to the challenge to meet them. On this first big day of whitewater, we will cover approximately fifteen kilometres.

  • 7 day 4

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    Day 4: Nahanni River

    We'll raft down through the Third Canyon with 1200-metre walls as it makes its way through the Funeral Range. Then, camp in the shadow of the Nahanni Gate.

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    Day 5: Nahanni River

    Start the day by hiking up the Gate—an incredible lookout high above the river—and spend the rest of the day relaxing in its shadow at this majestic spot.

  • 7 day 6

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    Day 6: Nahanni River

    Another glorious day on the river will take us through Third Canyon and Second Canyon. After drifting through Second Canyon, we’ll float through into the Headless Valley, a place shrouded in mystery, myth, and legend about lost gold and headless men. After enjoying the spectacular views of the headless range, we’ll camp at the mouth of Dry Creek.

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    Day 7–8: Nahanni River

    In the morning, take the time to explore Dry Canyon, before departing in the afternoon to shoot the rapids of Georges Riffle and enter First Canyon, the deepest canyon in Canada. This exciting stretch of river is some of the most scenic on the whole river, with towering walls surrounding you everywhere you look. After a short day of floating through this otherworldly landscape, you’ll arrive at your camp beside Lafferty Creek to enjoy a layover day exploring the side canyon of Lafferty Creek and its turquoise-coloured pools and slot canyons.

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    Day 9: Nahanni River

    After shooting Lafferty's Riffle and stopping for a short soak in Kraus's Hot Springs, you’ll enter the splits—a section of river with a myriad of channels and braids. Following a long day of navigating through this maze with the chance to see bison grazing along the river, you will arrive at last chance camp.

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    Day 10: Nahanni Butte to Fort Simpson

    A Dene guide will meet us at the campsite and whisk you towards civilization and the town of Nahanni Butte. From Nahanni Butte, you will depart by plane back to Fort Simpson, where you’ll stay the night and celebrate your adventure!


  • Land Tour

    Nahanni Scenic Rafting with Canoe North Adventures

    June 29 to July 8, 2024

    $9,195 CAD + 5 % tax

  • Single Supplement : Not available

  • Tour duration: 10 days
  • Park Fee: $225 CAD
  • Distance: 215 km
  • Skill Level: Novice
  • River Class: Class II & III
  • Portages: A 1.5km portage around Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls) on boardwalks. (only have to carry personal packs)
  • Rendezvous Point: Fort Simpson, NWT

Inclusions and Exclusions


  • Airport pick up and return in Fort Simpson (complimentary airport shuttles are available in Yellowknife and Edmonton)
  • Charter flight to and from the river
  • Royalex Canoes 17', with spray decks (if required) or expedition raft
  • Grey Owl paddles, Kokatat PFDs and Level Six splash jackets
  • WRSI Helmets on Natla, Nahanni, Broken Skull and Mountain
  • Neoprene wetsuits if required
  • 60L personal watertight barrel with harness or 60L dry bag (about 30 to 35 lbs of clothing/gear)
  • Eureka 1 or 2 person expedition tents
  • All quality camping equipment and gear
  • Camp chairs for each person on the trip
  • Certified guides with a maximum ratio of 5:1
  • Hearty and nutritious trip meals including two snacks (GORP) each day
  • Emergency Satellite Phone, InReach locator and two-way radios for guide staff
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medical Director, Dr Aaron Orkin

Not Included:

  • Accommodation and meals in Edmonton or Yellowknife while in transit
  • All off-river accommodation and meals in Fort Simpson. Accommodation in Fort Simpson is in a hotel or B&B
  • Personal gear including sleeping bags, sleeping mat, clothing etc. (see packing list)
  • Commercial flights to and from Fort Simpson via Calgary, Edmonton, or Yellowknife
  • Insurance including mandatory emergency medical and evacuation insurance, and optional trip cancellation (highly recommended)
  • National Park Fees $222.25 + tax
  • Fishing license - book online at https://licences.enr.gov.nt.ca...;
  • Guide gratuities