MRCE02: Fort Providence to Wrigley 523kms

Duration: 15-16 Days
Price: Starts at $5,995.00+GST/person
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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Camping, Indigenous culture, Wildlife, Wilderness
    • Activity Level Moderate
    • Group Size Medium Group
      10 - 20 Persons
    All about the MRCE02: Fort Providence to Wrigley 523kms.

    Season: June 26 to August 26

    mackenzie river, north star adventures, canoeing trips, paddling trips

    We offer 2 options for this Expedition. You can choose our all-inclusive Indigenous Culture option where you will learn and experience our Indigenous culture each day of this trip. Dene Elders will visit our camps each evening and visit with us telling wonderful stories about the life in the old days.

    The 2nd option is our Canoe & Wilderness option where the focus is canoeing and camping the Mackenzie River. There will be no support boat, no Elders and minimal Indigenous culture. The focus is the canoeing and camping on this mighty River!

    This Expedition starts in Yellowknife with a 300km road trip to the picturesque Indigenous community of Fort Providence. After lunch in the community, we are on the river paddling the mighty Mackenzie River!

    Our first night will be in the traditional culture camp just down river from the community. We will spend the next 11-12 days canoeing and camping on the Mackenzie River!

    Learn the history of the river, visit traditional camping spots, visit the tiny Indigenous of Jean Marie River, enjoy delicious traditional meals and hear stories about the land, about life in the old days and about our culture.

    First trip of the 2022 summer season departs Yellowknife and arrives into Fort Providence June 27, last trip of the season for this Expedition departs Yellowknife August 17. Everything is provided, you just need to bring your friends, family or colleagues.

    mackenzie river, north star adventures, canoeing trips, paddling trips

    MRCE02-22-01: Arrive Yellowknife June 26
    MCRE02-22-02: Arrive Yellowknife July 02
    MRCE02-22-03: Arrive Yellowknife July 11
    MRCE02-22-04: Arrive Yellowknife July 2
    MRCE02-22-05: Arrive Yellowknife July 29
    MRCE02-22-06: Arrive Yellowknife August 07
    MRCE02-22-07: Arrive Yellowknife August 16

    mackenzie river, north star adventures, canoeing trips, paddling trips

    Price: $5995.00+GST/person

    Canoe & Wilderness option

    Price: $7995.00+GST/person

    Indigenous Culture option

    min: 6 person; max: 20 persons


    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.
    • Tour transfers
    • Indigenous guides*
    • Genuine Indigenous culture*
    • Storytelling with Dene Elders*
    • Comfortable hotel accommodations*
    • Comfortable B&B accommodations*
    • 24hr daylight phenomenon**
    • Amazing Aurora Borealis**
    • Road trip to Yellowknife
    • Wildlife and bird viewing
    • Amazing photography opportunities!
    • All river meals and snacks provided
    • Complimentary Aurora postcards


    * Indigenous Culture option

    **Depends on which Package dates chosen


    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 Memory Package
    • North Star Souvenir Package
    • Gratuities for guides & staff


    1. Day 1 Road trip to Fort Providence

      After a good night’s rest in your Yellowknife hotel we are on the road for a relaxing 300km drive to our put in point, Fort Providence.

      Along the way we will see the world’s biggest wild Wood Buffalo. We will arrive into Fort Providence just in time for lunch. Also in Fort Providence we will do our formal After lunch we are on the river to the traditional culture camp, where we will spend our first night.

    2. Day 2 Canoeing the Mackenzie River!

      After a hearty breakfast, we launch our canoes and start making our way to the next stop bout 20kms down river.

      Arriving late afternoon, we reach our destination and set up camp and dinner time! A good sleep is needed this night as we will be tackling the “Big Monster” in the morning.

    3. Day 3-6 Canoeing on the Mackenzie River!

      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!

      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 and then explore this tiny community of pop. 77.

      Walk around the community, meet local residents and community leaders.  A delicious traditional dinner and then enjoy enjoy a relaxing evening in this wonderful Indigenous community.


    4. Day 7-8 Traditional camp, Fort Simpson and Nahanni!

      After a good hearty breakfast in Jean Marie River, we are back on the big river to a traditional camping spot with a great view of the river.

      Next day it’s 37kms to the historical community of Fort Simpson. We will spend a full day here to let our muscles recuperate, get to know the community and for those that choose the option, will spend the day in the world famous Nahanni National Park!

    5. Day 9-12 Soon we see the Mackenzie Mountains!

      After a wonderful visit in Fort Simpson, we are back on the big river, spending the next 3 nights canoeing and camping. On the 11th day you will see the majestic Mackenzie Mountains for the first time off on your left, beautiful! Next day we arrive into Willow River, a wonderful view location where the Willow River meets the Mackenzie River.

    6. Day 13-14 Wrigley and back to Fort Simpson!

      After another delicious breakfast meal with a great view, we are back on the river to our next destination 31kms down river, a relatively easy day.

      Next day, we arrive into our destination, the tiny Indigenous of Wrigley, home to the people of the Pedzeh Ki First Nation.

      We arrive early afternoon, our vehicles will be waiting for you. We will load up the canoes and all the gear and after a ceremony, photos and videos we are on the road back to Fort Simpson 238ms away.

    7. Day 15 Last night in Fort Simpson

      After a comfortable evening, and a hearty breakfast we are on the road back to Yellowknife, arriving later afternoon in the capital city.

      Wow!! What a trip, you made it! You now belong to a special group of people the ventured to the Northwest Territories and canoed and camped people in the world can say they canoed the mighty Mackenzie River, you can canoed 523kms!

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