MRCE03: 10 Day Fort Simpson to Willowlakefrom
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCamping, Canoeing, Indigenous Culture, mackenzie river
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Season: June 23 to September 03
This canoe trip starts with a 650km road trip to the picturesque Indigenous community of Fort Simpson. From there we will canoe and camp the next 238kms from Fort Simpson to Willowlake River. Our team will pick you upYou will be picked up and then drive back to Yellowknife. We will spend an additional night in Fort Simpson for those that want to experience the world famous Nahanni National Park!
We will spend 4-5 days canoeing and camping on this mighty Mackenzie River! Along the way you will learn the history of the river, visit traditional camping spots and spend a full day in the historic community of Fort Simpson to recuperate the muscles and fly into the spectacular Nahanni, enjoy delicious traditional meals and hear stories about the land, about life in the old days and about our culture.
First trip of the 2023 summer season departs Yellowknife June 18, with our last trip of the season departing Yellowknife August 13. Maximum 20 persons per booking, you can add return flight from Ottawa or Toronto to your package, a direct flight, fly 4hrs!
Everything is provided, you just need to bring your friends, family or colleagues. We are now taking bookings for our 2023 and 2024 season. Send us an email and kind, courteous and friendly staff is standing by to help you with your booking. let’s make this happen!
MRCE03-23-01: Jun 23 – Jul 02
MCRE03-23-02: Jun 30 – Jul 09
MRCE03-23-03: Jul 07 – Jul 16
MRCE03-23-04: Jul 14 – Jul 23
MRCE03-23-05: Jul 21 – Jul 30
MRCE03-23-06: Jul 28 – Aug 06
MRCE03-23-07: Aug 04 – Aug 13
MRCE03-23-08: Aug 11 – Aug 20
MRCE03-22-09: Aug 18 – Aug 27
MRCE03-22-10: Aug 25 – Sep 03
Price starts: $4995.00*+GST/person
min: 8 person; max: 20 persons
- Genuine Indigenous culture
- Experience Indigenous communities
- Storytelling with Dene Elders
- Accommodations in Yellowknife (optional)
- B&B stay Indigenous communities
- 24hr daylight phenomenon!
- Amazing Aurora Borealis!
- Scenic road trip on Mackenzie Highway
- Northern wildlife and bird viewing
- Amazing photography opportunities!
- All river meals and snacks provided
- Return airfare
- Travel insurance
- North Star Souvenir Package
- Gratuity for Guides
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!