MRCE01: 10 Day Fort Providence to Fort Simpsonfrom
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Season: June 20 – September 15
This Expedition starts in Yellowknife with a 300km road trip to the picturesque Indigenous community of Fort Providence. Canoe 275kms from Fort Providence to Fort Simpson, and then drive 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.
We will spend 7 days canoeing and camping on this mighty Mackenzie River! Along the way you will take on the “Big Monster” known as Mills Lake, the widest part of the entire Mackenzie River! Th river’s width can be as much as 20kms across depending on water levels.
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 21, National Indigenous Day! Last Expedition departs Yellowknife August 19.
MRCE01-23-01: June 16 – June 25
MCRE01-23-02: June 28 – July 07
MRCE01-23-03: July 07 – July 16
MRCE01-23-04: July 19 – July 28
MRCE01-23-05: July 28 – August 06
MRCE01-23-06: August 09 – August 18
MRCE01-23-07: August 18- August 27
min: 8 person; max: 20 persons
- Indigenous guides
- Genuine Indigenous culture
- Storytelling with Dene Elders
- Comfortable B&B accommodations*
- Experience 24hr daylight phenomenon**
- Experience amazing Aurora Borealis**
- Scenic road trip to and from Yellowknife
- Northern wildlife viewing
- All river meals and snacks provided
*Depending on dates of Package
- Return airfare to Yellowknife
- Travel Insurance
- North Star Memory Package
- North Star Souvenir Package
- Gratuities for Guides & Staff
Road trip to Yellowknife!
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. For those choosing our June 27 departure date, you are in for a real treat as the community will be holding very special celebration today, the 100th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 11! Also in Fort Providence we will do our formal introductions of all guests and staff and hold our orientation session of your trip. The evening is yours to enjoy.
Canoeing on the Mackenzie River!
After a hearty breakfast, we head down to the docks to prepare for departure. We will do a last minute check of the canoes and the gear, hold a safety meeting and then we start our 275km journey on the Mackenzie River! Local residents and community leaders will come down to see us off. After a traditional prayer ceremony, we are on the river! For lunch we arrive at Telimia Culture Camp for a delicious lunch of local foods! After lunch back in our canoes and continue on to our first camping spot mid-afternoon where we will set up our tents and our camp. After dinner, our support boat and local Dene Elder will tell stories about the old days. A good sleep is needed tonight in order to be ready to tackle the “Big Monster” tomorrow.
Canoeing, camping & culture on the Mackenzie River!
The next 3 days and nights we continue our journey, the very same journey Sir Alexander Mackenzie and his men did 232 years ago! During these 3 days we come to where the river starts to narrow and the current gets faster. One of our camping spots we will be at Trout River and visit with a wonderful Elder, a wonderful host! Early morning breakfasts, lunch on river when we”raft” the canoes together and delicious dinner meals on the shore. Evenings are time to relax and reflect, gather around the campfire to share stories, enjoy your soothing chamomile tea, afterwards crawl into your tent for a good night’s sleep on the mighty Mackenzie River!
We arrive into the tiny village of Jean Marie 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.
Last night on the Mackenzie River at Rabbitskin
After a hearty breakfast and thanking the kind residents, we paddle 31kms in a northernly direction until we arrive at the traditional camping spot of Rabbitskin River. At Rabbitskin, we will take some time to go swimming (weather permitting), do a little fishing and just relax, let the muscles heal a bit and of course check our canoes and gear. Rabbitskin has a spectacular view of the river, to the south and to the west, take in this wonderful view, the same view that Sir Alexander Mackenzie and his men would have seen 232 years ago!
We reach our destination, Fort Simpson!
After a relaxing evening, we are back on the river for another 34kms to our destination, the community of Fort Simpson, first established as a fur trading post over 200yrs ago by the Hudson Bay Company, you made it! After checking into your hotel or B&B, enjoy an informative tour of this historic riverside community. Then for dinner enjoy a cookout meal at a local resident’s home, meet some of the local Indigenous people and hear more stories and learn more about our culture or go for a leisurely walk around this scenic community.
Enjoy the world famous Nahanni Nation Park! After breakfast, it’s road trip time! Sit back and enjoy the
scenery of Canada’s north in our comfortable air conditioned tour vans on our way back to Yellowknife. Reminisce with the other guests about your trip along the way. After a few hours, we cross the Dehcho Bridge that spans the Mackenzie River, your river! On the other side we will stop for lunch and a quick visit into the picturesque community of Fort Providence. Soon we arrive 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!
Road trip trip back to Yellowknife!
After breakfast, it’s road trip time! Sit back and enjoy the scenery of Canada’s north in our comfortable air conditioned tour vans on our way back to Yellowknife. Reminisce with the other guests about your trip along the way. After a few hours, we cross the Dehcho Bridge that spans the Mackenzie River, your river! On the other side we will stop for lunch and a quick visit into the picturesque community of Fort Providence. Soon we arrive 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!