MRWR1: Women’s Retreat Canoe Tripfrom
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Season: July 01 to August 18
We will all meet in Yellowknife at the Tim Horton’s parking lot at 8:00am, meet and greet with other paddlers and your North Staff and canoe guides, grab a coffee or tea and breakfast sandwich and we’re off!!
We’re on the road to our destination put in point at Jean Marie River, pop. 77. We’ll stop at the beautiful North Arm Park to stretch you legs and get some photos and fresh air. Next, we will look for and hopefully we will see the world’ biggest wild wood buffalo! Then we arrive into Fort Providence, just in time for lunch.
After lunch, we’ll take a quick drive into the community to visit the Residential School Memorial and get some nice photos by the river bank. Then we’re back on the road to Jean Marie River.
Along the way we will stop at the beautiful Sambaa Deh Territorial Park and do a bit of hiking to the waterfalls! Afterwards a refreshing stop, we’re on our way and arriving into to into Jean Marie River late afternoon. Here we will set up our tents and camp and prepare dinner. After dinner, feel free to go for a walk and explore this small Indigenous traditional community.
Next morning, after breakfast, we pack up camp and soon we’re own the Mackenzie River, canoeing and camping!! For the next 2 days and 1 night we will canoe and camp on the Dehcho, enjoying the beautiful scenery of the river with each passing kilometre.
The peacefulness, the tranquility, just the soothing sounds of your paddle in the water. Getting to know the river, your new canoeing friends and getting to know yourself.
On each day and evening of your trip, an added bonus! We will show you things from the land as we make our way down river and we will share our stories and talk about our special connections to the land.
After canoeing and camping 2 days on the river, we reach our destinations, the oldest community on the Dehcho, Fort Simpson! We will spend the night in the community, getting to know the community and if available, the leaders will come down and visit us.
We will have a delicious traditional foods BBQ at our camp in the local campgrounds and then down for a good night’s rest. Next morning after a hearty breakfast, we’re on the road back to Yellowknife.
First trip of the 2022 summer season departs Yellowknife July 01, with our last trip of the season departing Yellowknife August 15. Oh, just a little reminder, everything is provided, you just need to bring your friends, family or colleagues and your spirit of adventure!
MRWR22-01-01: Jul 01 – Jul 04
MCWR22-01-02: Jul 06 – Jul 09
MRWR22-01-03: Jul 11 – Jul 14
MRWR22-01-04: Jul 16 – Jul 19
MRWR22-01-05: Jul 21 – Jul 24
MRWR22-01-06: Jul 26 – Jul 29
MRWR22-01-07: Jul 31 – Aug 03
MRWR22-01-08: Aug 05 – Aug 08
MRWR22-01-09: Aug 10 – Aug 13
MRWR22-01-10: Aug 15 – Aug 18
Price: 4 Day $1695.00+GST/person
min: 10 person; max: 20 persons
- All canoeing gear provided
- All camping gear provided
- All River meals and snacks
- Genuine Indigenous culture
- 24hr daylight phenomenon!
- Amazing Aurora Borealis!
- Road trip on Mackenzie Highway
- Northern wildlife and bird viewing
- Amazing photography opportunities!
- Travel insurance
- North Star Memory Package
- North Star Souvenir Package
- Gratuities for guides & drivers
Road trip to Fort Simpson, our starting point
We will meet at the Tim Horton’s parking lot at 8:00am, grab a coffee and maybe a breakfast sandwich and then depart Yellowknife at 8:30am. Along the way we will stop at North Arm Park to stretch our legs and then continuing on we will soon see the world’s biggest wild buffalo. We will stop for lunch at Big River gas station in Fort Providence. After lunch we will drive into Fort Providence for a quick visit and get some cool photos along the riverbank. Then we’re back on the road to Fort Simpson. Along this stretch of the highway we will stop and stretch our legs again at the scenic Sambaa Deh Falls. We will arrive into Fort Simpson around 5:00pm, where we will locate or camping stalls and setup camp. Soon we will be enjoying delicious BBQ meal. 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 our speed, we may have lunch on shore or we may ”raft” up the canoes together and have lunch as we float down the river, taking this time to grab a short nap, write in your journals or just enjoy the view of the river. When we reach our first overnight camping spot 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!
Day 3, 4, 5
Canoeing, camping and genuine Indigenous culture on the mighty Mackenzie River!
The next 3 days and 3 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 on the shores of the mighty Mackenzie River! If you book our Women’s Retreat canoe trip in August then you may see amazing Aurora as you prepare for bed! On the 5th and final day we arrive to our destination, you made it!! We will arrive mid afternoon. This is a nice camping spot, maybe a local Dene Elder will be there to greet us! After setting up camp, you will have to soak in what you just accomplished! Now time to relax those muscles and enjoy the day with your new friends and reminisce about the last 4 days on the river!
Scenic, relaxing road trip back to Yellowknife
After an early hearty breakfast, and after we pack up all the canoe and camping gear, we wait for the North Star vehicles to show up and pickup the group. We will cross the Mackenzie River at the Ndulee Ferry Crossing, then into Fort Simpson to gas up and get some snacks for the road and soon we’re back on the road to Yellowknife. Arriving late evening, home sweet home, what an amazing 6 days!! Thank you for choosing North Star Adventures!