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2023 Trip Guide

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2023 Trip Guide

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The South Nahanni River is a Canadian Icon. Flowing through its namesake Nahanni National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the river plunges almost 100 meters over majestic Virginia Falls before carving its way through 4 incredible canyons filled to the brim with adventure. There is no paddling experience necessary. Enjoy the ride downstream relaxing in a raft, while one of our certified and experienced guides expertly pilots you down the mighty Nahanni.
The Nahanni River is truly the crown jewel of river trips in the NWT. Made famous to the outside world by RM Patterson’s book “Dangerous River” published in 1957, the river’s true history is one that is intertwined with the Mountain Dene People of the Dehcho Region of the NWT, who have lived here for thousands of years. Please note that the earlier season trips tend to have higher water and bigger splashes- than later season raft trips. Children must be 65lbs to raft.
Starting at
$8625 CAD
Package Price

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning canyons
  • Fun whitewater
  • Paddle the deepest canyon in Canada
  • Excellent hiking opportunities

Quick Facts


  • Rafting


  • Whitewater
  • Expedition


  • Paddling Trip


  • Whitewater Class II
  • Whitewater Class III


  • North America


  • 10 Days


  • Wilderness Camping


  • Yes


  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Family
  • Youth
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Beginner

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging


61°52′00″N 121°21′26″W

Meeting Place

Canoe North Adventures Base

Fort Simpson, NWT

Witness a stunning flight into the heart of the Mackenzie Mountains arriving at the majestic Virginia Falls. Spend the next 10 days rafting through towering canyons while listening to the mysterious lore of the legendary Nahanni. Enjoy some delicious meals and some deep laughs with fellow paddlers.

Dates & Packages

Nahanni River Raft, Northwest Territories

June 29 - July 8, 2024, July 13 - July 22, 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

Fabulous scenery and preparation made for an amazing rafting trip down the Nahanni. CNA' experience in organizing these expeditions pays huge dividends. Their pre-trip instructions and equipment recommendations were spot-on. The provided equipment was in great condition and the food was well chosen and delicious.

- Mark W
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