Package Brochure (English version)
Paddle one of the longest rivers in the world, and the longest river in Canada, the Mackenzie River! 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! We offer a number of different options for you to choose from. Bookings must be made 60 days before tour package date. Click here to book any of this exciting canoeing and wilderness packages.
*Package highlights vary depending on which Package is chosen
(Click on Expedition more info and itinerary)
MRCE01: 9-10 Day Fort Providence to Fort Simpson (275kms)
Culture Option: $4995.00/person (7-8 nights on the river)
Canoe Only Option: $3995.00/person (7-8 nights on the river)
MRCE02: 15-16 Day – Fort Providence to Wrigley (518kms)
Culture Option: $8995.00/person (12 nights on the river)
Canoe Only Option: $6995.00/person (12 nights on the river)
MRCE03: 8-9 Day – Fort Simpson to Wrigley (238km)
Culture Option: $5995.00/person (7 nights on the river)
Canoe Only Option: $4495.00/person (7 nights on the river)
MRCE04: 13-14 Day – Fort Simpson to Tulita (491kms)
Culture Option: $10,995.00/person (11 nights on the river)
MRCE05: 9-10 Day – Wrigley to Tulita (253kms)
Culture Option: $7995.00/person (8 nights on the river)
Canoe Only Option: $6349.00/person (8 nights on the river)
MRCE06: 15-16 Day – Wrigley to Fort Good Hope (525kms)
Culture Option: $10,995.00/person (12 nights on the river)
MRCE07: 9-10 Day – Tulita to Fort Good Hope (272kms)
Culture Option: $7749.00/person (8 nights on the river)
Canoe Only Option: $6249.00/person (8 nights on the river)
MRCE08: 8-10 Day – Women’s Retreat Canoe Package (265kms)
Culture Option: $4995.00/person (7 nights on the river)
MRCE09: 9-10 Day – Women’s Retreat Canoe Package (238kms)
Culture Option: $5995.00/person (7 nights on the river)
Minimum 6 persons; maximum 20 person booking; does not include GST
Welcome to the Northwest Territories! 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 your Expedition’s starting point, a 300km road trip to Fort Providence. Along the way we will see the world’s biggest wild Wood Buffalo, we arrive into Fort Providence around 5-6pm. We’ll check into the hotel and after dinner we will do formal introductions and host a comprehensive orientation of your trip.
After a hearty breakfast, we head down to the docks to unload the canoes and gear. We will do a last minute check of the canoes and the gear, hold a safety meeting and then we start our 270km (162mi) journey on the Mackenzie River! Local residents and community leaders will come down to see us off. After 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. Your guides will prepare a delicious dinner of traditional foods. After dinner, our support boat and local Dene Elder will tell us stories about the old days. A good sleep is needed tonight in order to be ready to tackle the “Big Monster” tomorrow.
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! The current is slow here and so will be the paddling, this will be a good workout. After Mills Lake we arrive at our 2nd campsite, Axe Point. Arriving around mid-afternoon, we will set up our tents and our camp, while your guides prepare a delicious dinner of traditional foods. After dinner, our support and Dene guide Elder will talk about this the history of this region and tell us more stories about the old days and more!
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 kilometre is exactly what Alexander Mackenzie would have seen back in 1789! During these 3 days we come to where the river starts to narrow and the current gets faster! Early morning breakfasts, lunch on river when all the canoes are together and then a delicious dinner meal on the shore and some time to relax, 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!
After 3 days of canoeing and camping on the river we arrive into the small Indigenous community of Jean Marie River. Arriving mid afternoon, we will set up our tents, our little camp and then explore th tiny community of population 77. After walking around the community, meeting residents and community leaders it’s back to our camp on the shore for a delicious traditional dinner and then enjoy enjoy a relaxing evening in this wonderful Indigenous community.
After a hearty breakfast and thanking the kind residents, 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, let the muscles heal a bit and of course check our canoes and gear. Rabbitskin has a spectacular view of the river, to the south and to the west, take in this wonderful view, the same view that Alexander Mackenzie would see 231 years ago!
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, first established as a fur trading post over 200yrs ago by the Hudson Bay Company, you made it! After checking into your hotel or B&B, enjoy an informative tour of this historic riverside community. Then for dinner enjoy a cookout meal at a local resident’s home, meet some of the local Indigenous people and hear more stories and learn more about our culture or go for a leisurely walk around this scenic community.
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. Reminisce with the other guests about your trip along the way. After a few hours, we cross the Dehcho Bridge that spans the Mackenzie River, your river! On the other side we will stop for lunch and a quick visit into the picturesque community of Fort Providence. Soon we arrive back into Yellowknife, check into your hotel or B&B and enjoy a delicious wrap up dinner to reminisce some more. Thank you for choosing North Star Adventures!
MRCE01-01: Arrive Yellowknife June 26
MCRE01-02: Arrive Yellowknife July 02
MRCE01-03: Arrive Yellowknife July 11
MRCE01-04: Arrive Yellowknife July 20
MRCE01-05: Arrive Yellowknife July 29
MRCE01-06: Arrive Yellowknife August 07
MRCE01-07: Arrive Yellowknife August 16
MRCE01-08: Arrive Yellowknife August 25
MRCE01-09: Arrive Yellowknife September 03
MRCE01-10: Arrive Yellowknife September 12
Price starts: $3995.00*+GST/person
*min: 6 person; max: 20 persons
Welcome to the Northwest Territories! Our staff will greet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel or B&B. After all guests arrive into Yellowknife we will provide a thorough orientation session for your Package, meet other guests and meet your guides. The evening is yours to enjoy. Next morning we drive 300km to the small Indigenous community of Fort Providence, where we start our Mackenzie River trip.
After an early breakfast we start our 650km road trip to Fort Simpson, along the way we will see the world’s biggest wild buffalo. After lunch in Fort Providence, we arrive into the picturesque community of pop. 1500. Upon arrival, you will check in into your comfortable B&B, and then we all meet for dinner. After dinner the evening is yours to enjoy or join our tour of the community.
After an early breakfast, and after a brief orientation to the day’s plans and last minute safety check, we’re on the Mackenzie River! Depending on the time we will have a shore lunch. Continuing on, enjoying the river at a comfortable pace, we will reach our first overnight camping spot later afternoon. We will set up camp and then it’s dinner time wow! What a great way to spend the day, canoeing and camping on the longest river in Canada!
The next 5 days and nights we continue our canoe journey following in the footsteps of our ancestors and that of Sir Alexander Mackenzie, who paddled this same route over 230 years ago! Early morning breakfasts, stopping at stops here and there along the way, “raft” the canoes together for a relaxing lunch floating on the river, 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!
After 7 days of canoeing and camping on the river we arrive into the small Indigenous community of Wrigley, our destination. Arriving late afternoon, our North Star vans will be waiting for you and after packing up the canoes and gear we are on the road back for a 2.5hr drive to Fort Simpson where you will check into your comfortable B&B for a nice hot shower! A relaxing cookout dinner with a local Dene family awaits you.
Today is a day to enjoy the wonders of the Deh Cho, you can choose the optional day flight tour in the world famous Nahanni National Park, or explore around, maybe take in a round of golf on Northwest Territories most beautiful golf course or just relax and walk and enjoy the historic community of Fort Simpson, see the places and meet local residents.
After an early hearty breakfast, we hit the road back to Yellowknife. Arriving in late afternoon, we will check you into your hotel and then all meet for a delicious, well deserved wrap up dinner. We will all reminisce about your last 8 days, an incredible personal achievement, not many in the world have done this, you did!! Thank you for choosing North Star Adventures!
MRCE03-01: Arrive Yellowknife July 03
MCRE03-02: Arrive Yellowknife July 10
MRCE03-03: Arrive Yellowknife July 17
MRCE03-04: Arrive Yellowknife July 24
MRCE03-05: Arrive Yellowknife July 31
MRCE03-06: Arrive Yellowknife August 07
MRCE03-07: Arrive Yellowknife August 14
MRCE03-08: Arrive Yellowknife August 21
MRCE03-09: Arrive Yellowknife August 28
MRCE03-10: Arrive Yellowknife September 04
Price starts: $4995.00*+GST/person
*min: 6 person; max: 20 persons
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: 6 guests per booking; Maximum: 20 guests per booking