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: $6500 CDN plus 5% GST plus Nahanni National Park Fee ($147.20) and $50 CPAWS Nahanni Fund fee Rabbitkettle Lake 14 day Cost: $6750 CDN plus 5% GST, Nahanni National Park Fee ($147.20) $50 CPAWS Nahanni Fund fee


 

10 Days From Virginia Falls

$6,500.00$7,100.00

Virginia Falls June 22-July 1, 2018

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Virginia Falls July 6-15, 2018

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Virginia Falls July 20-29, 2018

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Virginia Falls Aug 3-12, 2018

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Virginia Falls Aug 17-26, 2018

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Rabbitkettle Lake July 2-15, 2018

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Rabbitkettle Lake July 16-29, 2018

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Rabbitkettle Lake July 30-Aug 12, 2018

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Rabbitkettle Lake Aug 13-26, 2018

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Rabbitkettle Lake Aug 20-Sept 2, 2018

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14 Days From Rabbitkettle Lake

$6,500.00$7,100.00

Virginia Falls June 22-July 1, 2018

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Virginia Falls July 6-15, 2018

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Virginia Falls July 20-29, 2018

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Virginia Falls Aug 3-12, 2018

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Virginia Falls Aug 17-26, 2018

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Rabbitkettle Lake July 2-15, 2018

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Rabbitkettle Lake July 16-29, 2018

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Rabbitkettle Lake July 30-Aug 12, 2018

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Rabbitkettle Lake Aug 13-26, 2018

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Rabbitkettle Lake Aug 20-Sept 2, 2018

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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. and personal equipment.

  • Gratuities are not included. Our guides make every effort to ensure your holiday is all you expected and more. Recognition of a job well done is always appreciated. $30/day is recommended which will be divided between the guides.

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. Following a pick-up at the airport, your guide will hold a pre-trip orientation with lunch at the MacKenzie Rest Inn. Personal clothing and bags not required for the trip can be left in our van and our driver will bring them to our base. These will be waiting for you at Blackstone Territorial Park upon completion of your trip. Charter flight to Virginia Falls. (weather permitting) This breathtaking flight takes us over the Nahanni Range, the Ram Plateau and then up the Nahanni River to Virginia Falls. We will camp at the Falls for the first night and will have time to explore and take photographs from the many promontories overlooking the Falls.

DAY 2

With a full day to explore Virginia Falls and its surroundings there are many options of what to get up to. Seek the rewarding views that come with summiting Sunblood Mountain, walk to little explored vantage points of the Falls or simply settle into a slower pace of life and take in all this wilderness wonderland has to offer. Your guides will also lead a canoeing skills session to ensure everyone receives one-on-one canoe instruction letting everyone enjoy a great nights sleep with peace of mind. 

DAY 3

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 down hill. Lunch is served on the cobble beach below the Falls. Following a safety talk, we load the rafts/canoes 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.

DAYS 3-8

Back on the river we float along the legendary Funeral Range and enter Third Canyon (35km) where the Nahanni cuts a passage just past Mary River. You will be awestruck as we float silently between the kilometer high canyon walls which rise skyward above the river. We will camp at The Gate in view of Pulpit Rock. The following day we will layover and make a short hike to a lookout above The Gate that affords a magnificent vista of the valley below. The following day we will continue on through Third and Second Canyon (15 km) into Deadmen Valley – known for its legends and mystery. This spectacular open valley offers numerous exploratory options. Following an exciting run through George’s Riffle, we drift between the sky-high walls of First Canyon which reach heights of over 1400 m. This 26 km canyon will lead us to Lafferty’s Canyon, a side canyon which joins the Nahanni on its east side. We often take a second layover here and spend the day exploring chasms and pools which dot the canyons floor. The following morning it is down to the soothing waters of Kraus’ Hot Spring. We then bid farewell to the canyons and make our way into the Splits – a maze of islands that provide sanctuary to moose and bison. 

DAY 9

Following breakfast, we will continue on to the Native village of Nahanni Butte. (Pop. approx. 120) Remote yet surprisingly modern, a stroll into town provides insight into a culture far removed from most of North America. Following a snack from the village store we will board the Nahanni Butte River taxi for the 15 km ride to the Nahanni Butte Road Landing on the Liard River. The awaiting NWA shuttle van will take your group on the short drive to Blackstone Territorial Park. This beautifully situated park offers hot showers, a private day shelter, an information centre and tenting. Any baggage you left behind will be waiting for you. Sue Lindberg, a local homesteader and a connection to the legends of the North, provides your meals, mainly from her garden for the last night and morning with inviting Northern hospitality.

DAY 10

After breakfast, we will depart with a van shuttle for Fort Simpson. We will arrive in time to meet your Southbound flight with First Air, or for you to begin the drive with your own vehicle.

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. Following a pick-up at the airport, your guide will hold a pre-trip orientation with lunch at the MacKenzie Rest Inn. Personal clothing and bags not required for the trip can be left in our van and our driver will bring them to our base. These will be waiting for you at Blackstone Territorial Park upon completion of your trip. Charter flight to Virginia Falls. (weather permitting) This breathtaking flight takes us over the Nahanni Range, the Ram Plateau and then up the Nahanni River to Virginia Falls. We will camp at the Falls for 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 down hill. Lunch is served on the cobble beach below the Falls. Following a safety talk, we load the rafts/canoes 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.

DAYS 3-10

Back on the river we float along the foreboding Funeral Range and enter Third Canyon (35km) where the Nahanni cuts a passage just past Mary River. You will be awestruck as we float silently between the 1200m canyon walls which rise skyward above the river. We will camp at The Gate in view of Pulpit Rock. The following day we will layover and make a short hike to a lookout above The Gate that affords a magnificent vista of the valley below. The following day we will continue on through Third and Second Canyon (15 km) into Deadmen Valley – known for its legends and mystery. This spectacular open valley offers numerous exploratory options. Following an exciting run through George’s Riffle, we drift between the sky-high walls of First Canyon which reach heights of over 1400 m. This 26 km canyon will lead us to Lafferty’s Canyon, a side canyon which joins the Nahanni on its east side. We often take a second layover here and spend the day exploring chasms and pools which dot the canyons floor. The following morning it is down to the soothing waters of Kraus’ Hot Spring. We then bid farewell to the canyons and make our way into the Splits – a maze of islands.

DAY 11

Following breakfast, we will continue on to the Native village of Nahanni Butte. (Pop. approx. 120) Remote yet surprisingly modern, a stroll into town provides insight into a culture far removed from most of North America. Following a snack from the village store we will board the Nahanni Butte River taxi for the 15 km ride to the Nahanni Butte Road Landing on the Liard River. The awaiting NWA shuttle van will take your group on the short drive to Blackstone Territorial Park. This beautifully situated park offers hot showers, a private day shelter, an information centre and tenting. Any baggage you left behind will be waiting for you. Sue Lindberg, a local homesteader, provides your meals, mainly from her garden for the last night and morning with inviting Northern hospitality.

DAY 12

After breakfast, we will depart with a van shuttle for Fort Simpson. We will arrive in time to meet your Southbound flight with First Air, or for you to begin the drive with your own vehicle.

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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