Canoe North Adventures

For over 30 Years, Canoe North Adventures has been making memories for life. With bases in Norman Wells & Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, CNA provides guided wilderness canoe and rafting trips on some of the most renowned wilderness rivers in Canada, including the Nahanni, Keele and Horton Rivers. Owners Al Pace, Lin Ward and Taylor Pace have dedicated their lives to curating quality expeditions for their guests that provide a backdrop to unwind, reconnect and share a truly spectacular wilderness experience in the most wild spaces left in Canada. CNA's professional guides will share their enthusiasm with you and provide a safe and fun experience while on trip. Let the adventure begin!

Overview

Looking to experience the wonders of the Nahanni, but pressed for time? This expedition takes you to the heart of Nahanni National Park where you will paddle past dazzling mountain ranges, experience the Tufa Mounds at Rabbitkettle Lake and finish the trip at Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls). 6 days is plenty of time to see everything, and this stretch of the Nahanni is calm and relaxing, requiring only basic canoeing skills to navigate.
The Nahanni River is a Canadian icon, flowing through thousands of square kilometers of protected Mountain Wilderness. A UNSECO world heritage site, Nahanni National Park is one of the jewels of the Canadian national parks system. This is a landscape where moose, grizzly bears and caribou roam free of human impact, and where jagged mountains pierce the sky in every direction. And at the heart of Nahanni lies Virginia Falls, a massive waterfall taller than Niagara. This trip is a great opportunity to quickly see everything that you would want to see in Nahanni National Park.
Starting at
$5995 USD
$8185 CAD
Per Person

Trip Highlights

  • See The Rabbitkettle Tufa Mounds & the "Cirque of Unclimbables"
  • Paddle on the calmest stretch of the Nahanni River
  • Epic Mountain Scenery
  • Hike around Virginia Falls and see it in all its glory!
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Canoe North Adventures

For over 30 Years, Canoe North Adventures has been making memories for life. With bases in Norman Wells & Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, CNA provides guided wilderness canoe and rafting trips on some of the most renowned wilderness rivers in Canada, including the Nahanni, Keele and Horton Rivers. Owners Al Pace, Lin Ward and Taylor Pace have dedicated their lives to curating quality expeditions for their guests that provide a backdrop to unwind, reconnect and share a truly spectacular wilderness experience in the most wild spaces left in Canada. CNA's professional guides will share their enthusiasm with you and provide a safe and fun experience while on trip. Let the adventure begin!

Quick Facts

Paddlesport

  • Canoeing

Activity

  • Expedition
  • Lakewater Canoeing
  • Canoe Tripping

Experience/Service

  • Paddling Trip

Waterway

  • Rivers and Streams (no whitewater)
  • Whitewater Class I

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 6 Days

Accomodation

  • Glamping
  • Wilderness Camping

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Family
  • Youth
  • Photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Beginner

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Itinerary

61°51'58.3"N 121°21'36.2"W

Meeting Place

CNA Base

Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories

Begin your trip in Fort Simpson. The Day After arrival, depart for the river. 6 days on the river, and then return to fort Simpson.

Day 1:

Load up the floatplane in the early AM and fly approximately 2 hours to Rabbitkettle Lake. Spend the morning hiking to the Rabbitkettle Tufa mounds, and the afternoon on the lake practicing paddling strokes and getting ready for the river days ahead!

Day 2:

Paddle out of the lake outlet, and into the Nahanni River. Enjoy the view! Paddle about 40km to “Hell Roaring Creek”, arriving around 6pm. Enjoy the beautiful campsite there.

Day 3:

Paddle 30km to limestone fan camp. stay here for 2 nights for an epic hike the next day.

Day 4:

Hike Day! Or relax in camp day!

Day 5:

Paddle 40km to the “Oxbow Lake” Camp, arrive around 6pm. Enjoy a swim in its crystal clear waters.

Day 6:

Early morning start to make it to Virginia Falls for 9am after a 10km paddle. Spend 2 hours hiking around the falls and sightseeing, and then hop in the plane home. Final night Celebration in Fort Simpson!!

Dates & Packages

Six-Day "Heart Of The Nahanni" Canoe Trip

July 13 - July 18, 2025
Airport pickup and return in Fort Simpson (complimentary airport shuttles are available in Yellowknife and Edmonton). Charter flights to and from the river. Royalex Canoes 17′, with spray decks. All required paddling gear (PFD, paddles, splash jackets) 60L personal watertight barrel with harness (holds about 30 to 35lbs of clothing and gear). Eureka K-2 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 and two-way radios for guide-staff.

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