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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 Wrigley to Fort Good Hope, see the terrain transition from the flat lands to the spectacular peaks of the Mackenzie Mountain Range on this 525km river trek! What makes our canoe expeditions different from other NWT canoe adventures is we incorporate elements of our Indigenous culture on each day of the expedition! Also, we have a support boat that accompanies our canoe groups from start to end. The support boat provides a safety service, bear monitor service, carry extra cargo, and of course are captained by our Indigenous guides who are knowledge keepers of the land and are happy to share stories about the land, about life in the old days, and about our culture. If you’re wanting to do a paddling expedition in the wilderness of northern Canada and experience genuine Indigenous culture at the same time then this canoeing Adventure is for you!
Starting at
$10995 CAD
Per Person

Trip Highlights

  • Experience life in Indigenous communities
  • Northern wildlife and North American game bird viewing
  • Amazing photography opportunities!
  • Everything provided, just bring friends and family

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

  • 14-16 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:

After arriving into Yellowknife, Northwest Territories the day before, today we drive 650kms from Yellowknife to Fort Simpson. Enjoying the northern Canada summer wilderness along the way and getting to know your driver, guides, other tour group members and lots of time to review your trip package.

Day 2:

After spending the night in Fort Simpson, you will fly into the world famous Nahanni National Park! Spend the morning and afternoon enjoying this spectacular wonder the of NWT. Arriving back in Fort Simpson, we're back on the road for a 238km 2.5hr drive to Wrigley, our starting point.

Day 3:

After a hearty breakfast, we do a last minute check of the canoes, the gear, review safety protocols and then we start our epic 491km journey to Fort Good Hope! Local residents and community leaders will come down to see us off. Today will be a short day on the river, then we set up camp.

Day 4:

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 5:

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 6:

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 7:

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 8:

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 9:

Today, we arrive into the small Indigenous community of Tulita. Arriving mid afternoon, we will set up our tents and then explore this tiny community of pop. 477. Walk around the community, meet local residents and community leaders. A delicious traditional dinner and then enjoy the community.

Day 10:

The next 2 days and nights we continue our canoe. A relaxing night on the shore of the Mackenzie River after a night in Tulita. A relatively short day on the river, time to let the muscles heal and more time to reflect on your epic journey.

Day 11:

After another relaxing night on the shore of the Mackenzie River, we arrive into the oil town of Norman Wells. One of guides use to work on the man made islands as a young man. You can have a restaurant meal here and check in with loved here as cell phone is available here.

Day 12:

Enjoy the next 5 days of canoeing and camping on the river we arrive into the Indigenous community of Fort Good Hope, our destination. Arriving late afternoon, we will meet with community leaders and access the use of shower facilities. Explore this scenic community and check in with loved ones.

Day 13:

Enjoy the next 4 days of canoeing and camping on the river we arrive into the Indigenous community of Fort Good Hope, our destination. Arriving late afternoon, we will meet with community leaders and access the use of shower facilities. Explore this scenic community and check in with loved ones.

Day 14:

Enjoy the next 3 days of canoeing and camping on the river we arrive into the Indigenous community of Fort Good Hope, our destination. Arriving late afternoon, we will meet with community leaders and access the use of shower facilities. Explore this scenic community and check in with loved ones.

Day 15:

Today will be a spectacular day as we navigate the incredibly scenic "Ramparts", a 12km limestone canyon where the river narrows down to 100m, incredible! Enjoy your last night of camping on the river, tomorrow we arrive into the Indigenous community of Fort Good Hope, our destination.

Day 16:

Today we arrive into the Indigenous community of Fort Good Hope, our destination, we made it! We will meet with community leaders and access the use of shower facilities. Explore this scenic community and check in with loved ones. Spend the night and catch the charter flight in the morning.

Day 17:

After an early hearty breakfast, and heartfelt farewells to the local residents, it’s on the plane for a scenic flight back to Yellowknife. Arriving in late afternoon, we will check you into your hotel and then all meet for a delicious, well deserved wrap up dinner and reminisce our last 16 days!

Dates & Packages

MRCE-06/ 14-16 Day - Wrigley to Fort Good Hope(525kms)

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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