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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! 9-10 day trip from Fort Providence to Fort Simpson (275kms)! 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.
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
$3995 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

  • 265kms 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, NT

Day 1:

After all guests arrive into Yellowknife we will meet for a brief introduction, meet the other guests and your guides and then we are on the road to Fort Providence. We’ll check into the hotel and after dinner we will do formal introductions and host a comprehensive orientation of your trip.

Day 2:

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 3:

After an early breakfast, we are ready to tackle the “Big Monster” known as Mills Lake, the widest part of the entire 1700km Mackenzie River! After Mills Lake, we arrive at our 2nd campsite, Axe Point.

Day 4:

The next 3 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:

During these 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:

Take some time to yourself and reflect on your journey then sit around the campfire to share stories, enjoy your soothing chamomile tea and then crawl into your tent for a good night’s sleep out under the stars on the shores of the mighty Mackenzie River!

Day 7:

we arrive in the small Indigenous community of Jean Marie River. Arriving mid-afternoon, we will set up our tents, our little camp, and then explore the tiny community of population 77. After walking around the community, meeting residents and community leaders.

Day 8:

We paddle 31kms in a northernly direction until we arrive at the traditional camping spot of Rabbitskin River. At Rabbitskin, we will take some time to go swimming (weather permitting), do a little fishing, and just relax.

Day 9:

A relaxing last evening on the river. a wonderful relaxing evening, we are back on the river for another 34kms to our destination of Fort Simpson. After checking into your hotel or B&B, enjoy an informative tour of this historic riverside community.

Day 10:

After breakfast, it’s road trip time! Sit back and enjoy the scenery of Canada’s north in our comfortable air conditioned tour vans on our way back to Yellowknife.

Dates & Packages

MRCE-08/ 8-10 Days/Women’s Retreat Canoe Package (275kms)

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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