MRCE03: 10 Day Fort Simpson to Wrigley – North Star Adventures

MRCE03: 10 Day Fort Simpson to Wrigley

Duration: 10 Days
Price: $4995.00+GST/person
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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Children, Family
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Medium Group
    8 - 20 Persons
All about the MRCE03: 10 Day Fort Simpson to Wrigley.

Season: July 03 to September 15

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This Expedition is our MRCE-03. Starts in Fort Simpson with a 650km road trip to the picturesque Indigenous community of Fort Simpson. Canoe 238kms from Fort Simpson to Wrigley, 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 7-8 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 resting in the historic community of Fort Simpson, 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 June 27, with our last trip of the season for this Expedition (MRCE-03), departing Yellowknife September 13. Everything is provided, you just need to bring your friends, family or colleagues. 

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2022 Dates:

MRCE03-22-01: July 03
MCRE03-22-02: July 10
MRCE03-22-03: July 17
MRCE03-22-04: July 24
MRCE03-22-05: July 31
MRCE03-22-06: August 07
MRCE03-22-07: August 14
MRCE03-22-08: August 21
MRCE03-22-09: August 28
MRCE03-22-10: September 04

Price starts: $4995.00*+GST/person

min: 8 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.
  • Indigenous guides
  • Genuine Indigenous cultur
  • Experience Indigenous communities
  • Storytelling with Dene Elders
  • Accommodations in Yellowknife (optional)
  • B&B 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

*Package highlights vary depending on which Package is chosen


  1. Day 1 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.
  2. Day 2 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.
  3. Day 3 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!
  4. Day 4-8 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!
  5. Day 8 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.
  6. Day 9 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.
  7. Day 10 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!
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