nahanni river

The Nahanni, a wilderness river of international recognition, is viewed by many as Canada’s classic river trip. Its global significance and raw beauty has resulted in Nahanni being the first World Heritage Site honoured by UNESCO back in 1979.

“One of Canada’s 25 Trips of a Life Time” Explore Magazine – “Classic you must do.”

Our journey on the Nahanni begins at the base of Virginia Falls. This magnificent cataract drops over 90m or twice the height of Niagara Falls. As we descend the Nahanni River, its tempo increases. A series of canyons, with some walls towering 1200m, offer unimaginable views, photo opportunities, and memories to last a lifetime. Locales, such as the Funeral and Headless Ranges in Deadmen’s Valley, have given rise to some of the north’s best myths and legends. And just when you think that there couldn’t be more that the Nahanni can offer, we will stop for a soak in the soothing 32°C waters of Kraus’ Hot Spring. Where the Nahanni meets the Liard River, it begins to slow as it meanders through a maze of gravel bars and islands. We will stop at Nahanni Butte for a tour of the historic native village located there, before ending our tour at Lindberg Landing. The Nahanni offers great opportunities to observe wildlife as we navigate its corridor. Nahanni is home to Dall sheep, caribou, moose, bears, bald eagles and trumpeter swans.

Nahanni Canoeing Difficulty:Class 2/3 Cost: Virginia Falls 8 day Cost: Cdn: $5950 Rabbitkettle Lake 14 day Cost: Cdn: $6650 Nahanni Park Fees + 5% GST [Federal Tax]


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8 Days From Virginia Falls

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14 Days From Rabbitkettle Lake

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A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the trip fee is required to hold your reservation.The balance of the fee is due 60 days prior to commencement date of the trip. As a significant portion of our trip costs is already committed well in advance of each trip, there is no refund after 60 days. If payment is not received when due, Sea to Sky Expeditions reserves the right to treat the reservation as cancelled. Sea to Sky Expeditions will refund both deposit [less a small administrative fee] and full balance of payment, if we can replace your spot with another participant, less any non-refundable moneys from third party deposits. Cancellation notice must be received in writing. Please note that all tours in B.C and the Yukon. are subject to a 5% GST federal tax. No one may depart on a trip unless all payments and necessary documents (including medical and liability release forms) are received by Sea to Sky Expeditions. Due to the nature of operating in the wilderness and international destinations, prices are subject to change [rare]. Where necessary to change a price, we will try to provide as much notice as possible, and offer you the choice of another trip, or to cancel, with full refund. Our prices are quoted in Canadian dollars. If you choose to pay by credit card, we have to process the payment in Canadian funds. Your credit card company will automatically change it to your currency based on their exchange rate. If you paid your deposit in Canadian funds, please continue to make all further payments in Canadian funds to avoid any confusion in the daily changing exchange rate. Sea to Sky Expeditions reserves the right to alter itineraries or cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient booking levels or logistical problems that may impede trip operations. A trip cancellation due to insufficient booking levels will generally occur at least 30 days prior to departure. Sea to Sky Expeditions is not responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip (i.e. non refundable airline tickets, visa fees, equipment, etc.).

NAHANNI RIVER 8 DAY ITINERARY

A complete itinerary along with maps, clothing and equipment list, will be issued upon registration. Included:  Rafts, canoes, paddles, PFDs [life jacket], dry bags, wetsuits for canoeists, river boat shuttle from Nahanni Butte to Blackstone Landing, accommodation in Blackstone Landing at B&B, charter flight to Virginia Falls, camping fees, cooking gear, camp stoves, tents, meal preparations, meals/snacks/beverages on the expedition, tarps, major first aid supplies, emergency radio or satellite phone, and professional guides. Excluded:  Air or road transportation to and from Fort Simpson, N.W.T.,hotel accommodations or restaurant meals in Fort Simpson, emergency evacuation or delays., gratuities, and personal equipment. Meals:  We will look after all meals while on the river. Our trip menu is well rounded, hearty and satisfying. The meals served and the time required to prepare them fit well into our daily routines. The fire and kitchen area usually become the social area for each campsite. We cook over wood fires with a pan and fire box and with propane stoves. We brings roll-o-tables and a stool for each person on the trip. Beer, wine and some liquors are supplied for a few of the meals. Our food is prepackaged meal by meal in plastic bags and then packed into canoe barrels, aluminum raft boxes and coolers. There is a significant amount of fresh food provided, especially for the first week. This allows us to provide some fresh meats, cheeses, lots of salads, vegetables and fruit. We baking with Dutch ovens for mail courses and desserts. Day 1:   Participants need to arrive in Fort Simpson with First Air or before 12 noon with their own vehicle. Your guide will hold a pre-trip meeting and issue equipment. Personal clothing and bags not required for the trip can be left behind in Fort Simpson. These will be waiting for you at Lindberg Bed and Breakfast upon completion of your trip. Charter flight to Virginia Falls. (weather permitting) This breathtaking flight takes us over the Nahanni Range and canyons to Virginia Falls. We will camp at the falls the first night and will have time to explore and take photographs from the many promontories overlooking the falls. Day 2:  After breakfast your guides will complete the portage of camp equipment. Participants are asked to portage their own pack 2 km to the “put in” below the falls. Most of this portage is on a board walk and downhill. Lunch is served on the cobble beach below the falls. Following a safety talk, we load the rafts and begin our descent. Leaving the roar of the falls behind us, we will ride high on the waves through the Painted Canyon. The excitement continues with our passage through Figure Eight Rapids. We will find our camp close to the mouth of the Flat River. Day 3-6:  We will canoe/float through the various canyons with high stone walls, open valleys, and scenic landscape that the Nahanni River has to offer. We will take short hikes to lookouts that present incredible scenic vistas. There will also be an opportunity to soak in the waters of Kraus’ Hotsprings. Day7:  Following breakfast, we will continue on to Native village of Nahanni Butte. After a short visit we will continue downstream to Blackstone Landing.We will take out at Blackstone Landing and spend the evening in a rustic cabin at Lindberg’s Bed and Breakfast. We will celebrate our journey with showers, a bed, and wonderful meal. Day 8:  After breakfast we will begin the trip home, either with the shuttle van to Fort Nelson or with your own transportation.

NAHANNI RIVER 14 DAY ITINERARY

A complete itinerary along with maps, clothing and equipment list, will be issued upon registration. Included:  Rafts, canoes, paddles, PFDs [life jacket], dry bags, wetsuits for canoeists, river boat shuttle from Nahanni Butte to Blackstone Landing, accommodation in Blackstone Landing at B&B, charter flight to Rabbitkettle Lake, camping fees, cooking gear, camp stoves, tents, meal preparations, meals/snacks/beverages on the expedition, tarps, major first aid supplies, emergency radio or satellite phone, and professional guides. Excluded:  Air or road transportation to and from Fort Simpson, N.W.T.,hotel accommodations or restaurant meals in Fort Simpson, emergency evacuation or delays, gratuities, and personal equipment. Meals:  We will look after all meals while on the river. Our trip menu is well rounded, hearty and satisfying. The meals served and the time required to prepare them fit well into our daily routines. The fire and kitchen area usually become the social area for each campsite. We cook over wood fires with a pan and fire box and with propane stoves. We brings roll-o-tables and a stool for each person on the trip. Beer, wine and some liquors are supplied for a few of the meals. Our food is prepackaged meal by meal in plastic bags and then packed into canoe barrels, aluminum raft boxes and coolers. There is a significant amount of fresh food provided, especially for the first week. This allows us to provide some fresh meats, cheeses, lots of salads, vegetables and fruit. We baking with Dutch ovens for mail courses and desserts. Day 1: Participants need to arrive in Fort Simpson with First Air or before 12 noon with their own vehicle. Your guide will hold a pre-trip meeting and issue equipment. Personal clothing and bags not required for the trip can be left behind in Fort Simpson. These will be waiting for you at Lindberg Bed and Breakfast upon completion of your trip. Charter flight to Virginia Falls. (weather permitting) This breathtaking flight takes us over the Nahanni Range and canyons to Virginia Falls. We will camp at the falls the first night and will have time to explore and take photographs from the many promontories overlooking the falls. Day 2-5:  We will take a hike with a Park Warden to Rabbit Kettle Hot Springs and Tufa Mounds. After the hike we will begin our journey to Virginia Falls. It is easy paddling and will give us time to practice the paddling technique for the swifter lower portion of the Nahanni. Day 6:  Layover day at Virginia Falls. Good time to stretch the legs and do some photography from some great vantage points. Day 7:  We will complete our portage around the Falls and reload our canoes. During the upcoming paddle we will explore the spectacular scenery of the lower Nahanni River. Beginning with Painted Canyon, so named because of it’s brightly coloured walls, you will experience the thrill of some whitewater. Day 8:   We paddle through Third Canyon with its 1200 m canyon walls. An early camp will provide an option to hike to an imposing view of the river valley. Day 9:   We finish paddling through Third Canyon and Second Canyon. The landscape changes as the valley opens and views of Tlgotsho Plateau appear in the distance. Day 10:  After some early morning whitewater we enter First Canyon with its 1400m walls. A feature of this canyon are the many caves that dot its walls. Day 11:  Folowing breakfast we head for Kraus’ Hot Spring for a soothing dip. Back in our canoes we will leave the canyons behind and begin a 70 km run through a maze of islands. Day 12:  We will reach the Liard River today and the native village of Nahanni Butte. We will have some time to visit. Day 13:  Our final day of paddling. We will take out at Blackstone Landing and spend the evening in a rustic cabin at Lindberg’s Bed and Breakfast. We will celebrate our journey with showers, a bed, and wonderful meal. Day 14:  After breakfast a van will return everyone to Fort Simpson to catch their flight home.

Vancouver Many of the major North American carriers fly into Vancouver or alternately, Seattle. Check with your travel agent for options. There is a bus service, Quick Shuttle , from Seattle’s airport to hotels in Vancouver. These run daily and are reasonably priced. For more information, in North America, phone 1/800/665-2122 or 1/604/940-4428 – Fax 1/604/940-4429. Check the link regarding shuttles and other airport information.

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