Mackenzie River Boat Tripsfrom
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Season: June 30 to September 01
Welcome to Yellowknife! We will all meet in Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories where after getting checked into your hotel, you will meet and get to know the other members of your group and our North Star Adventures team. We will hold an orientation session for your trip and for any trip updates.
Next morning, we’re on the road to Fort Providence, a 300km road trip, where you will have a good chance to see the world’s largest wild Wood Buffalo along the way. When we arrive Fort Providence, get settled into your comfortable and cozy hotel. Afterwards, after dinner, a tour to explore and learn more about this historical community.
Next morning, after a hearty breakfast and last minute instructions, we’re finally on the mighty Mackenzie River!
MR1: 7 Day Fort Providence to Willowlake
On each day and evening of your trip, you will learn and experience our Indigenous culture. We will spend a night a in each community we visit along the way. You will meet local residents, community leaders and respected Elders. Each night of the trip you will stay in comfortable accommodations in the local hotel, B&B or camp cabin. All meals are included on the river trip.
Choose the optional Nahanni National Park flight seeing day tour! All tours start and end in Yellowknife.
First trip of the 2022 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!
MR1-22-01: Jun 24 – Jun 30
MR1-22-02: Jul 01 – Jul 07
MR1-22-03: Jul 08 – Jul 14
MR1-22-04: Jul 15 – Jul 21
MR1-22-05: Jul 22 – Jul 28
MR1-22-06: Jul 29 – Aug 04
MR1-22-07: Aug 05 – Aug 11
MR1-22-08: Aug 12 – Aug 18
MR1-22-09: Aug 19 – Aug 26
MR1-22-10: Aug 27 – Sep 02
min: 4 person; max: 10 person
- Free airport shuttle to hotel
- Indigenous Guides
- Experience Indigenous communities
- 2 nights hotel in Yellowknife
- 4 nights in communities
- Wrap-up group dinner in Yellowknife
- All River meals and snacks
- Return flight back to Yellowknife
- Genuine Indigenous culture
- 24hr daylight phenomenon*
- Amazing Aurora Borealis*
- Road trip on Mackenzie Highway
- Northern wildlife & bird viewing
- Amazing photography opportunities!
*depends on date of Package
- Return airfare to Yellowknife
- Travel insurance
- North Star Memory Package
- North Star Souvenir Package
- Flight into Nahanni National Park
- 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 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.
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.
We start our canoe journey on the mighty 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! 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!
Canoeing and camping on the mighty Mackenzie River!
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!
We arrive into the tiny village of Wrigley!
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.
Enjoy Fort Simpson and the Nahanni National Park
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.
Scenic, relaxing road trip back to Yellowknife
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!