Package Brochure (English version)
Paddle one of the longest rivers in the world, the Mackenzie River! Leave the hustle and bustle of the modern world behind for a life changing 12 day, northern Canada canoe, culture & wilderness adventure! On this tour you will take a step back in time and canoe the same river the local Indigenous people have been using for hundreds and hundreds of years.
Highlights include seeing a scenic 300km road trip from Yellowknife to the small Indigenous community of Fort Providence, visiting Indigenous communities, meeting the local residents and learning about our Indigenous culture, and of course retracing the historical 1789 journey of Alexander Mackenzie, as he boldly ventured onto the unknown mighty river in search of the Pacific Ocean. We will stop at the same spots he stopped at over 230yrs ago!
If you’re looking to do your own paddling venture into the wilderness of northern Canada, and wanting to experience genuine Indigenous culture, then this canoeing Adventure is for you! Choose our traditional voyageur canoe option and paddle with up to 8 other guests in our 29ft canoes, or paddle in tandem in our more popular 17.5ft 2-man canoe option. Bookings should be made 60 days before tour package date. Click here to book this exciting canoeing and wilderness package!
Welcome to the Northwest Territories! We will greet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. After checking in, the day is yours to enjoy Yellowknife as we wait for others to arrive. For those that have arrived, we can gather for a delicious dinner of local fish in Yellowknife’s historic Oldtown district. After dinner relax or go for a leisurely walk downtown.
Today we drive 300kms in our comfortable tour bus to the small, scenic Indigenous community of Fort Providence. Along the way enjoy the northern Canada landscape, and maybe even see wild buffalo! When we arrive to the community, we will check into the Snowshoe Hotel, get familiar with the canoes, the camping gear, safety equipment, discuss basic wilderness survival techniques and practices, meet your guides and enjoy a relaxing dinner, then an informative tour of Fort Providence.
Departing from Fort Providence early in the morning we will paddle 29kms to our Culture Camp, a brisk day of paddling. Once we reach the camp, after we set up camp, you can let your muscles recuperate as we spend an activity filled day learning about our Dene culture. Participate in some of our traditional activities such as fishing, setting traps, , beading and sewing and possible help us tan some of our moose hides!
Today we start canoeing to the historic community of Fort Simpson almost 230kms away, averaging 30kms to 40kms a day. As we approach late afternoon, we will stop for the day, set up camp, check our canoes and equipment, enjoy a delicious dinner and then relax around the camp fire sipping on tea and sharing thoughts about the day’s journey. Our Indigenous guides will share stories about our culture and talk about the history of the river. After 3-4 days of paddling and camping, we arrive at the Indigenous community of Jean Marie River (pop. 70) where you will enjoy a wonderful and relaxing evening visiting and meeting the local residents. Oh, also enjoy a hot shower.
After a hearty breakfast in Jean Marie River, we’re back on the Mackenzie River continuing on to our last stop on the River, 31kms to Rabbitskin Creek. At Rabbitskin, we will take some time to go swimming (weather permitting), do a little fishing and just relax, let the muscles heal a bit and of course check our canoes and gear. Our camp at Rabbitskin has a spectacular view of the river, to the south and to the west. A perfect spot to spend our last night on the river!
After a wonderful relaxing last evening, we are back on the river for the last 34kms of your 260kms Mackenzie River journey! Soon Fort Simpson, a fur trading community established over 200yrs ago will come into view, what an exciting and exhilarating feeling!! It’s been an amazing, incredible and challenging 7 days on the Mackenzie River. Now you get rewarded with a delicious meal, hot shower, comfortable bed and deserved restful sleep in the local hotel. This evening you will enjoy a cookout at local resident’s home and hear stories about our culture or you can go for a leisurely walk around the community and get some great photos!
Today you get to enjoy Fort Simpson. Enjoy, explore and learn the history of this historic community, see the sights and meet the locals, play a round of golf one of Northwest Territories’ most beautiful golf courses, or you can take this opportunity to fly into Nahanni National Park to see the breathtaking Virginia Falls, and stop at the scenic and relaxing Little Doctor Lake, this place is heaven on Earth! Or for those with limited time you can fly back to Yellowknife today.
Today you will drive back to Yellowknife, a relaxing scenic 6hr drive back to the capital city. Stretch your legs with stops at Saambaa Deh Falls, cross the Dehcho Bridge that spans over the mighty river you just paddled and to Fort Providence for a hot lunch. Then it’s back on the road to Yellowknife, check into your hotel. That evening enjoy a delicious dinner and share stories with your fellow paddlers about your amazing Adventure! Also at dinner we will present you with your North Star Certificate of Achievement, hoodie and for those memories, your North Star Memory USB, to share your experience.
Today enjoy a warm, hearty breakfast and then we will take you to the airport. It will be sad, but then we will be happy for you for what you accomplished in the last 11 days, not many in the world have done this, you did!! Thank you for choosing North Star Adventures!
MRCEV 01: Jun 15 – Jun 26 (Indigenous Day in Jean Marie River!)
MCREV 02: Jun 24 – Jul 05
MRCEV 03: Jul 03- Jul 14
MRCEV 04: Jul 12 – Jul 23
MRCEV 05: Jul 21 – Aug 01
MRCEV 06: Jul 30 – Aug 10
MRCEV 07: Aug 08 – Aug 19
MRCEV 08: Aug 17 – Aug 28
Price starts: $6049.00+GST/person
MRCET 01: Jun 15 – Jun 26 (Indigenous Day in Jean Marie River!)
MCRET 02: Jun 20 – Jul 01 (Indigenous Day in Fort Providence!)
MRCET 03: Jun 25 – Jul 06 (Canada Day in Jean Marie River!)
MRCET 04: Jun 30 – Jul 11 (Canada Day in Fort Providence!)
MRCET 05: Jul 05 – Jul 16
MRCET 06: Jul 10 – Jul 21
MRCET 07: Jul 15 – Jul 26
MRCET 08: Jul 20 – Jul 31
MRCET 09: Jul 25 – Aug 05
MRCET 10: Jul 30 – Aug 10
MRCET 11: Aug 05 – Aug 16
MRCET 12: Aug 10 – Aug 21
MRCET 13: Aug 15 – Aug 27
Price starts: $6939.00+GST/person
1. Prices based on 2 person to 1 room booking. Prices may vary based on persons per room.
2. Prices subject to change without notice due to fluctuations in fuel, hotel, airline and/or tour partner prices.
3. Dates subject to change without notice due to inclement weather or airline and/or tour partners changes.
4. Please review our Payment & Cancellation Policy before booking.
5. Does not include Guide tips. Feel free to tip your Guide directly.
6. Minimum: 8 guests per booking; Maximum: 18 guests per booking