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2021 Trip Guide

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2021 Trip Guide

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North Star Adventures Ltd is a 100% Indigenous owned and operated, Yellowknife based company. We have seen Yellowknife grow from a small town to today’s modern city of 20,000. We are also from the communities all across the North, having lived, played and worked there. We know Yellowknife, we know the North!

Overview

Paddle one of the longest rivers in the world, and the longest river in Canada, the Mackenzie River! Leave the hustle and bustle of the modern world behind for a life-changing northern Canada canoeing, camping, and genuine Indigenous cultural experience! Enjoy the wilderness of the “Dehcho” region while also experiencing the genuine culture of the local Indigenous people.
Starting from Fort Simpson, canoe almost 500kms to the picturesque Indigenous community of Tulita (pop.475)! There will be a number of beautiful places we will camp along the way, including tiny the Indigenous community of Wrigley, pop. 115, this particular Expedition is one of the most scenic parts of the entire river!
Starting at
$7995 CAD
Package Price

Trip Highlights

  • Indigenous guides & genuine Indigenous culture
  • Northern wildlife and North American game bird viewing
  • Amazing photography opportunities!
  • Everything provided, just bring friends and family
  • Jun, Jul-24hr daylight phenomenon! Mid of Aug to Sep-amazing Aurora!

North Star Adventures Ltd is a 100% Indigenous owned and operated, Yellowknife based company. We have seen Yellowknife grow from a small town to today’s modern city of 20,000. We are also from the communities all across the North, having lived, played and worked there. We know Yellowknife, we know the North!

Quick Facts

Paddlesport

  • Canoeing

Activity

  • Whitewater
  • Canoe Tripping

Experience/Service

  • Paddling Trip

Waterway

  • Whitewater Class I

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 491KM Days

Accomodation

  • Wilderness Camping

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Itinerary

Meeting Place

Yellowknife Airport

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Day 1:

Today we start our 650km road trip to Fort Simpson, we will see the world’s biggest wild buffalo. After lunch in Fort Providence, we arrive into the community . Upon arrival, you will check in B&B, and then we all meet for dinner. The evening is yours to enjoy or join our tour of the community.

Day 2:

Enjoy the wonders of the Deh Cho today, you can choose the optional day flight tour in the world famous Nahanni National Park, or explore around, maybe take in a round of golf on Northwest Territories most beautiful golf course or just relax and walk and enjoy the historic community of Fort Simpson.

Day 3:

After breakfast, hold a safety meeting and a traditional prayer ceremony, we are on the river! We will arrive at our first camping spot mid-afternoon where we will set up our tents and our camp. A relatively easy first day, to give everyone the chance to become familiar with canoeing and the river.

Day 4:

The next 4 days and nights we continue our canoe journey following in the footsteps of Sir Alexander Mackenzie and his men who canoed this same river over 230 years ago! What you are seeing with each passing kilometer is exactly what Alexander Mackenzie would have seen back in 1789!

Day 5:

The next 3 days , we come to where the river starts to narrow and the current gets faster! Early morning breakfasts, lunch on the river when all the canoes are together and then a delicious dinner meal on the shore and some time to relax.

Day 6:

The next 2 days , we come to where the river starts to narrow and the current gets faster! Early morning breakfasts, lunch on the river when all the canoes are together and then a delicious dinner meal on the shore and some time to relax.

Day 7:

The next day , we come to where the river starts to narrow and the current gets faster! Early morning breakfasts, lunch on the river when all the canoes are together and then a delicious dinner meal on the shore and some time to relax.

Day 8:

After 7 days of canoeing and camping on the river we arrive into the community of Wrigley. Arriving late afternoon, we will set up our tents and then explore this tiny community of pop. 119. Walk around the community, meet local residents and community leaders. A delicious traditional dinner and the

Day 9:

The next 5 days and nights we continue our journey, the very same journey Sir Alexander Mackenzie and his men did 232 years ago! Early morning breakfasts, lunch on river when we ”raft” the canoes together and delicious dinner meals on the shore. Evenings are time to relax and reflect.

Day 10:

Enjoy the next 4 days and nights as we continue our journey, the very same journey Sir Alexander Mackenzie and his men did 232 years ago! Early morning breakfasts, lunch on river when we ”raft” the canoes together and delicious dinner meals on the shore. Evenings are time to relax and reflect.

Day 11:

Enjoy the next 3 days and nights we continue our journey, the very same journey Sir Alexander Mackenzie and his men did 232 years ago! Early morning breakfasts, lunch on river when we ”raft” the canoes together and delicious dinner meals on the shore. Evenings are time to relax and reflect.

Day 12:

The next 2 days and nights we continue our journey, the very same journey Sir Alexander Mackenzie and his men did 232 years ago! Early morning breakfasts, lunch on river when we ”raft” the canoes together and delicious dinner meals on the shore. Evenings are time to relax and reflect.

Day 13:

The next day we continue our journey, the very same journey Sir Alexander Mackenzie and his men did 232 years ago! Early morning breakfasts, lunch on river when we ”raft” the canoes together and delicious dinner meals on the shore. Evenings are time to relax and reflect.

Day 14:

After 13 days of canoeing and camping on the river we arrive into the community of Wrigley, our destination. Arriving late afternoon, We will be waiting for you and after packing up the canoes and gear we are on the road back for 2.5hr drive to Fort Simpson. And check in B&B for a good rest tonight!

Day 15:

After breakfast we board our charter flight to Tulita. Soon after arriving into Tulita, we will hike up the iconic Bear Rock. After a 3-4hr hike we reach the top and are rewarded with a spectacular view of the Mackenzie River, the Bear River ad the Mackenzie Mountains for miles and miles!

Day 16:

After breakfast, and after a wonderful day in this very picturesque community you will board your charter aircraft for a scenic flight back to Yellowknife. Back into Yellowknife, check into your hotel or B&B and enjoy a delicious wrap up dinner to reminisce some more.

Dates & Packages

MRCE-04/ 15-16 Day – Fort Simpson to Tulita (491kms)

Canoeing, camping and genuine Indigenous culture on the mighty Mackenzie River! We are the only 100% Indigenous owned and operated canoeing company on the Mackenzie River. We know the people, places and history of the river. We are from the North, we know the North. Season start June 26, ends September 15. This year, 2021 is a special summer, it marks the 100th anniversary of the Treaty 11 signing, back in 1921! Communities along the river will be hosting community celebrations and you can be there as well!

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