Yellowknife! Deh Cho (Mackenzie River)! Nahanni National Park! Aboriginal communities and genuine Aboriginal Culture! WOW!! The highlight of this tour are the people and places of the Deh Cho (Mackenzie River) region! The warmest of warm welcomes you will get from the local residents from the beginning (Fort Providence) to the end of the tour (Fort Simpson)! Other highlights include the 300km drive from Yellowknife to Fort Providence, a comfortable, historic and amazingly scenic boat ride on the Deh Cho (Mackenzie River) from Fort Providence to Fort Simpson and of course the world famous and the breathtaking Nahanni National Park!
On this 12-day tour you could see the world’s biggest wild buffalo, you will visit and experience Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal culture, retrace the historical 1789 journey of Alexander Mackenzie on the very cool and life changing 12-day canoe adventure down the the Mackenzie River, enjoy the summer scenery of the northern Canadian wilderness and so much more! This is truly a once in a lifetime adventure! Only 16 guests per tour, so book early.
Welcome to the 62nd Latitude on planet Earth! We will greet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel. After checking in, we will meet to go over your Tour Package. Afterwards you have a choice to join our fun and informative Sombe K’e (Yellowknife) City Tour, relax or go for a leisurely walk downtown. At 6:00pm we will bring to the scenic Old Town district of Yellowknife for a delicious dinner of local fish at world famous Bullocks’s Bistro! The rest of the evening is free.
Today we drive 300kms to the small, scenic Aboriginal community of Fort Providence. Along the way view scenery of the northern Canada landscape, and maybe even see wild buffalo! When we arrive we will check in to the Snowshoe Inn, meet your river guides and explore the community. Go for a stroll and enjoy the wonderful scenery of the mighty Mackenzie River, meet the the warm, local Aboriginal people and take advantage of the opportunity to purchase genuine, authentic Aboriginal arts and crafts! Lunch and dinner at the Snowshoe restaurant.
Today we will start canoeing from Fort Providence to the Aboriginal community of Jean Marie River. You’re actually on the Mackenzie River!! One of the longest rivers in the world! After a few wonderful scenic overnight stops at various traditional, spiritual and historical locations, we arrive at the tiny Aboriginal community of Jean Marie River (pop. 70) for a cool overnight visit with this wonderful community. The local Aboriginal women make some the most beautiful arts and crafts. Continuing on and again after another overnight stop at a traditional Aboriginal gathering spot we arrive Fort Simpson (pop. 1250), a fur trading community first established over 200 years ago!
Today we reach our destination, one of the earliest established communities in the Northwest Territories, Liidlii Kue or known as Fort Simpson! It’s a long, hard, challenging past few days on the Mackenzie River now you get treated to a hot shower, hot meals and a much deserved restful sleep in the Nahanni Inn. This evening you will enjoy a cookout with a local resident and hear stories about our past. Next day you can choose the very cool day excursion into the world famous Nahanni National Park! Others can enjoy walking around the community or try the best golf course in the Northwest Territories, the picturesque Seven Spruce Golf Course!
Today you fly into Nahanni National Park! You will take off from the Mackenzie River on a float plane, soon getting a bird’s eye view of the majestic Mackenzie Mountains in the distance. First stop is the breathtaking Virginia Falls, almost twice as high as Niagara Falls! After finally pulling yourself away from the falls, it’s back on the floatplane and we head off to one of the most scenic and relaxing spots in the entire Nahanni National Park, Little Doctor Lake, this place is heaven on Earth, wait until you see!! After a later lunch it’s back to Fort Simpson, wow what a day!!
Today you will fly back to Yellowknife on First Air, a relaxing 55 minute flight back to the capital city. Along the way if you look out the window you will see the mighty Mackenzie River that you were on a few days, the same river Sir Alexander Mackenzie first explored way back in 1789. We will greet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel. To wrap up this once in a lifetime northern Canada adventure, will enjoy fine dining of delicious local foods like Arctic Char and more at the Explorer Hotel.
Today enjoy a warm, hearty breakfast and then we will take you to the airport. It will be sad for us to see you leave, but then we will be happy for you for what you accomplished in the last 5 days, not many in the world have done this, you did!! And we will present you with North Star Photo & Video Memory USB, to share your experiences with everyone in your world! Thank you for choosing North Star!!
DCC 01. Jun 05 – Jun 16
DCC 02. Jun 16 – Jun 27
DCC 03. Jun 27 – Jul 08
DCC 04. Jul 08 – Jul 19
DCC 05. Jun 19 – Jul 30
DCC 06. Jul 30 – Aug 10
DCC 07. Aug 10 – Aug 21