Mackenzie Arctic Expeditions – North Star Adventures

Mackenzie Arctic Expeditions

Duration: 10 & 15 Days
Starts at $17,995.00+GST
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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Indigenous Culture, mackenzie river, wilderness, Wildlife
    • Activity Level Challenging
    • Group Size Small Group
      10 Persons
    All about the Mackenzie Arctic Expeditions.

    Season: June 15 to August 15

    Guests about to embark on their Mackenzie Arctic Expedition to the Arctic Ocean with North Star Adventures

    Boat all the way to the Arctic Ocean!

    Welcome to the Northwest Territories! This once in a lifetime Mackenzie Arctic boat expedition led by our very own, Joe the Dene guide and our team. They will guide you in motorboat from the Great Slave Lake to the mouth of the mighty Mackenzie River, then all the way down the mighty Mackenzie river to the Arctic Ocean, an incredible expedition of over 1,800kms!

    Your Expedition starts and ends in Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories. Upon arrival, we check into your hotel, meet our North Star Adventures team who will then host an orientation session of your upcoming adventure and will provide latest updates for your Expedition.

    Guests entering the Mackenzie River on their Mackenzie Arctic Expedition to the Arctic Ocean with North Star Adventures

    Next morning, we’re on the road to our starting point of Hay River, a 450km road trip. Along the way you will see the world’s largest wild Wood Buffalo. When we arrive into Hay River, get settled into your hotel. After dinner, the evening is free for you to explore this community.

    Next morning, after a hearty breakfast and last minute instructions, we’re finally on our way to the Arctic Ocean! We will spend the next 10 or 15 days (depending on what Expedition is chosen) experiencing and exploring the untouched rugged beauty of northern Canada’s pristine wilderness and wildlife by motorboat! 

    Guests boating on the mighty Mackenzie River on their Mackenzie Arctic Expedition to the Arctic Ocean with North Star Adventures

    This is an epic boat trip of over 1,800kms (almost 1,300 miles), we will visit 11 or 15 communities (depending on which Expedition) on this expedition! Meet and visit with the local residents of these communities. Enjoy a relaxing night’s rest in a comfortable hotel or B&B when we visit and overnight in these communities.  

    Please note your final itinerary only serves as guide, here in the north, where we are dealing with isolated Indigenous communities and vast untouched northern wilderness regions, there will be instances where we will be forced to make changes. We ask for your understanding when booking your expedition, think of this way, in previous Expedition’s it added to the adventure!

    Guests posing with the Welcome to Tuktoyuktuk on their Mackenzie Arctic Expedition to the Arctic Ocean with North Star Adventures 

    First trip of the 2023 summer season departs Yellowknife June 25, with the last trip of the season departing August 28. Everything is provided, you just need to bring your friends, family or colleagues and your spirit of adventure!

    We have 2 trip options to choose from. Our 15 day is a more inclusive package with additional days spent exploring and experiencing exciting attractions to nearby communities or exotic wilderness locations. Our 10 day option focuses on the river trip itself, and is a slightly shorter trip from Fort Providence to Inuvik. You then take a bus shuttle to Tuktoyuktuk and the Arctic Ocean.

    Please email us for a detailed itinerary of your 10 Day or 15 Day Mackenzie Arctic Expedition.

    Guest in a boat pointing to the arctic ice pack on our Mackenzie Arctic Expedition to the Arctic Ocean with North Star Adventures

    10 Day Expedition:

    MAE23A-01: June 16 to June 25
    MAE23A-02: June 29 to July 09
    MAE23A-03: July 14 to July 23
    MAE23A-04: July 28 to August 04
    MAE23A-05: Aug 11 to Aug 20

    Price: $17,995.00*+GST/person

    15 Day Expedition

    MAE23B-01: June 16 to June 30
    MAE23B-02: July 02 to July 16
    MAE23B-03: July 19 to August 02
    MAE23B-04: August 05 to August 19

    Price: $26,995.00*+GST/person

    *double occupancy

    max: 10 person

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Free airport shuttle to hotel
    • Indigenous Guides
    • Boat the entire Mackenzie River
    • Cross the Arctic Circle
    • Boat onto the Arctic Ocean
    • Experience Indigenous communities
    • 2 nights hotel in Yellowknife
    • 8 nights hotel/B&B in communities
    • 2 nights camping in communities
    • Return flight back to Yellowknife
    • Wrap-up group dinner in Yellowknife
    • All meals and snacks
    • 24hr daylight phenomenon*
    • Amazing Aurora Borealis*
    • Pristine wilderness and wildlife
    • North Star Memory Package
    • Certificate of Expedition
    • Amazing photography opportunities!

    *depends on date of Package 


    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Return airfare to Yellowknife
    • Travel insurance
    • North Star Souvenir Package
    • Gratuities for Guides & Drivers


    Return airfare and optional Day Tours can be added to your package, subject to availability. Flights can also be arranged from Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto.

    Send us an email and our kind and courteous staff will be happy by to assist you with your Package options.

    We hope to see you soon! 🙂

    1. Day 1 Welcome to Yellowknife!

      Welcome to Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories, you made it! We will greet you at the airport and check you into your hotel.

      After all the guests have arrived we will gather for an orientation session of your Expedition for latest updates and introductions of guests and our North Star staff. 

      Send us an email and we will be happy to send you a detailed copy of your 16 day itinerary. We will also schedule two information zoom call sessions for an exchange of questions and answers. 

      See you soon!