Mackenzie Arctic Expeditionsfrom
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
Season: June 15 to August 15
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 in motorboat from the Great Slave Lake to the mouth of the mighty Mackenzie River, then all the way down the river to the Arctic Ocean, an incredible expedition of over 1,800kms!
This package starts and ends in Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories. Upon arrival, we will check into your hotel, you will meet our North Star Adventures team who will host an orientation session of your upcoming adventure and provide any latest updates for your Expedition.
Next morning, we’re on the road to our starting point, 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 beauty of northern Canada’s pristine wilderness and wildlife by motorboat!
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 the local residents of these communities and enjoy the pristine and scenic wilderness and wildlife as we travel the mighty Mackenzie all the way to the Arctic Ocean!
Please note your final itinerary only serves as guide, we will always do our best to stay on schedule, but 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 to our schedule, primarily for safety. We ask for your understanding when booking your expedition and flexibility when we are on it.
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, 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.
2023: June 15, ends August 30
2024: June 15, ends August 30
10 Day: $17,995.00*+GST/person
15 Day: $26,995.00*+GST/person
max: 10 person
- 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
- 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! 🙂
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!