Canoeing, Camping and Genuine Indigenous Culture on the Mackenzie Riverfrom
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Season: July 05 to August 29
Our MRCE-05 starts with a 650km drive from Yellowknife to the picturesque community of Fort Simpson. A relaxing night in the Canoe and camp 253kms from Wrigley to Tulita, and then fly in a charter flight back to Yellowknife. We will spend an additional night in Fort Simpson for those that choose our Optional Nahanni National Park flight seeing day tour and an additional day in Tulita to hike up the iconic Bear Rock!
We will spend 7-8 days canoeing and camping on this mighty Mackenzie River! Along the way you will learn the history of the river, visit traditional camping spots, visit and camp at the Old Fort Norman site, enjoy delicious traditional meals and hear stories about the river and the land, about our life in the old days and about our culture.
First trip of the 2022 summer season departs Yellowknife July 05, with our last trip of the season for this Expedition (MRCE-05), departing Yellowknife August 18. Everything is provided, you just need to bring your friends, family or colleagues.
Package Dates: 2022:
MRCE05-22-01: Arrive Yellowknife July 05
MCRE05-22-02: Arrive Yellowknife July 16
MRCE05-22-03: Arrive Yellowknife Jul 27
MRCE05-22-04: Arrive Yellowknife Aug 07
MRCE05-22-05: Arrive Yellowknife Aug 18
min: 6 person; max: 10 persons
- Indigenous guides & genuine Indigenous cultur
- Experience life in Indigenous communities
- Storytelling with Dene Elders
- Comfortable hotel accommodations*
- Comfortable B&B accommodations
- Experience our 24hr daylight phenomenon**
- Experience awesome amazing Aurora Borealis**
- Scenic road trip to and from Yellowknife
- Hike up iconic Bear Rock
- Scenic flight from Tulita to Yellowknife
- Northern wildlife and North American game bird viewing
- Amazing photography opportunities!
- All river meals and snacks provided
- Flight into world famous Nahanni National Park (optional)
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*Package highlights vary depending on which Package is chosen
**Depends on which Package dates chosen
Package Dates: 2022:
MRCE05-21-01: Arrive Yellowknife July 05
MCRE05-21-02: Arrive Yellowknife July 16
MRCE05-21-03: Arrive Yellowknife Jul 27
MRCE05-21-04: Arrive Yellowknife Aug 07
MRCE05-21-05: Arrive Yellowknife Aug 18
Price: $6495.00*+GST/person – *canoe only option
Price: $7995.00**+GST/person -**All-inclusive + Culture option
min: 6 person; max: 14 persons
Road trip to Fort Simpson, our starting point
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.
Fly into world famous Nahanni National Park!
Today is option day for those that choose the flightseeing tour into the world famous Nahanni National Park! Land at the 315ft Virginia Falls, have lunch, then to the impressive Cirque De Unclimbables at Glacier Lake and then to the oasis of the Mackenzie Mountains, Little Doctor Lake! For other guests, the day is yours to get to the know the community, maybe golf on the Northwest Territories’ most beautiful golf course, the Seven Spruce Golf Course! Around 4:00pm, we are on the road to Wrigley, arriving around dinner time, set up camp and prepare for next day.
Our first day on the Mackenzie River!
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! Late afternoon we will arrive our first camping spot, set up camp and then it’s dinner time wow! What a great way to spend the day, canoeing, camping and genuine Indigenous culture** on the longest river in Canada!
Canoeing and camping on the mighty Mackenzie River!
The next 6 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!
We arrive at our destination of Tulita, you made it!
After 6 days of canoeing and camping on the river we arrive at our destination, the very picturesque Indigenous community of Tulita (pop. 477). We will enjoy a relaxing evening in this tiny Indigenous community, check into your B&B, have a hot shower, let the muscles heal and maybe check-in with loved ones back home as cell service is available in this tiny community. After dinner we will explore this wonderful community and meet the residents.
Climb Bear Rock today!
Today, after a hearty breakfast, we will join a local tour company and they will take us on a scenic 4hr hiking experience up the iconic Bear Rock. Bear Rock holds a tremendous significance in our Dene history. You will hear and learn about the Dene legend of Yamoria and Bear Rock. Back to Tulita, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy this historic community, meet the locals and enjoy our culture.
A relaxing scenic flight back to Yellowknife
After breakfast, and after a wonderful day in this very picturesque community you will board your charter aircraft for a scenic flight back to Yellowknife. 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!