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2023 Trip Guide

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2023 Trip Guide

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With six stunning canyons, the Mountain River is considered the most coveted whitewater canoe trip in Canada by seasoned river-guides. Its remote setting and lightning fast water with jaw-dropping mountain scenery will thrill you right to the confluence with the Mackenzie River. The canyons are defined by vaulted sheer cliff walls guarded by mysterious “gates” and challenging white-water suitable for intermediate or advanced canoeists.
Part of the Mackenzie River basin, it lies within the Arctic watershed flowing northeast along the border of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. When the float plane dips its wing to land on Dusty Lake, trippers take in the vast landscape with the towering Selwyn Mountains dominating the view. This classic mountain river flows through a panorama of mountains with magnificent scenery, abundant wildlife, alpine hiking, steady current and miles of runnable rapids. Inviting alpine slopes descend to near river level. This river is suitable for a more experienced paddler looking to hone their skills on one of the most iconic river systems of the north. In its upper reaches, the Mountain is a frisky, quick-paced river with challenging rapids with many lively turns. Extra days have been added to allow for full days of hiking!
Starting at
$8495 CAD
Package Price

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning canyons
  • Abundant wildlife
  • Alpine hiking
  • Improve you paddling skills

Quick Facts


  • Canoeing


  • Whitewater
  • Expedition
  • Canoe Tripping


  • Paddling Trip


  • Whitewater Class III


  • North America


  • 13 Days


  • Wilderness Camping


  • Yes


  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging


65°16′53″N 126°47′55″W

Meeting Place

Canoe North Adventures Lodge & Outfitting Centre

Norman Wells, NWT

The river flows through a panorama of towering mountains with magnificent scenery, abundant wildlife, alpine hiking and miles of runnable rapids. Experience this river grow from a tiny stream deep in the mountains, to a broad, mature river, telling the complete story of a magnificent river journey.

Dates & Packages

Mountain River, Northwest Territories

August 5 - August 17, 2024
Airport pickup and return in Norman Wells (complimentary airport shuttles are available in Yellowknife and Edmonton). Charter flights to and from the river. Royalex Canoes 17′, with spray decks (if required). Grey Owl paddles, Kokatat PFD’s and Level Six splash jackets. WRSI Helmets on Natla, Mountain and Coppermine. 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. First Aid kit. Access to our medical director, Dr. Aaron Orkin. Access to discounted rates on Canadian North Airlines.

What Guests Are Saying

What a great Northern adventure. Canoe North goes above and beyond to make their guests feel welcomed and taken care of throughout the trip. Spectacular wilderness, hikes to mountain tops, and of course great canoeing. Did the Mountain River and would highly recommend.

- Katrina U
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