In over 40 years of providing adventure travel holidays, we have paddled and hiked thousands of kilometers with countless satisfied customers. We've learned how to make your trip very special. Over 70% of our clientele are returning participants!

Overview

The Natla-Keele is one of the most spectacular, yet unknown, rivers in the Northwest Territories. The Keele River system drains a large area of the Mackenzie Mountains between the Nahanni and Mountain Rivers. The trip begins with an awe-inspiring flight through the mountains to O'Grady Lake - a blue jewel near the Yukon border and the headwaters of the Natla River (the southern-most branch of the Keele River).
The river drops over 600 metres (2000') in 200 km of swifts and rapids - similar to the famous Rock Gardens on the Nahanni. This section of the trip is for the avid canoeist who has solid whitewater skills. After joining the Keele River, the route flows another 300 km through beautiful mountain ranges to the Mackenzie River. The river valley is home to caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, and wolves. The Keele is a fun stretch with lots of runnable rapids which are suitable for paddlers of all skill levels. The Natla-Keele River trip is a good choice for those with solid whitewater skills, previous river canoe tripping experience, and reasonable fitness levels. Novices should gain experience elsewhere before considering this route. Less experienced paddlers can join the trip on Day 8 (July 17) for the more relaxing 12-day Keele River section of the expedition.
Starting at
$7295 CAD
Package Price

Trip Highlights

  • beautiful mountain ranges
  • wildlife

In over 40 years of providing adventure travel holidays, we have paddled and hiked thousands of kilometers with countless satisfied customers. We've learned how to make your trip very special. Over 70% of our clientele are returning participants!

Quick Facts

Paddlesport

  • Canoeing

Activity

  • Whitewater
  • Canoe Tripping

Experience/Service

  • Paddling Trip

Waterway

  • Whitewater Class III

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 18 Days

Accomodation

  • Wilderness Camping

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Advanced

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Dates & Packages

Natla-Keele River Canoe Trip

July 07, 2019 to July 25, 2019
August 04, 2019 to August 22, 2019
Guides 5:1 ratio

Accommodation
• 17 nights camping, 1 night hotel in Norman Wells

Meals
• excellent trail meals and snacks from Day 1 dinner to Day 19 lunch

Canoeing Equipment
• custom 17’ ABS expedition canoes with spray decks and knee pads
• paddles, PFDs, throw bags, paddling helmets

Camping Equipment
• tents: free-standing, custom expedition dome tents - 2 per tent
• "kitchen": tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc.
• containers for food and group equipment

Safety Equipment
• first aid, safety, river rescue, and repair kits
• communications equipment (satellite phone)

What Guests Are Saying

The rapids on the Natla were fabulous - just what I came for. Seeing a grizzly bear and caribou was a bonus.

- Bob, Minnesota, USA
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