Why Choose Black Feather?

Why choose Black Feather for your wilderness adventure?

Experience: In over 40 years of providing adventure travel holidays, we have paddled and hiked thousands of kilometres with countless satisfied customers. We've learned how to make your trip very special. Over 70% of our clientele are returning participants!

Destinations: We travel to the most outstanding wilderness destinations. We've explored much of northern Canada, and have chosen over 30 of the very best places to go - destinations of national, and even global, significance. Expect stunning scenery, rare wildlife, unusual landforms, and exceptional routes through runnable rapids, remote alpine passes, and ice fjords. You'll encounter native cultures and travel in the footsteps of ancient peoples and the early explorers. A Black Feather trip is a most unique and unusual escape from everyday life.

Variety: We offer the widest range of northern adventures - instructional weekends to get you started and wilderness trips from 3 to 22 days in length. Some are easy to get to; others are literally at the ends of the earth. There are choices for every ability - from your first experience to major expeditions for veterans. We explore a wide range of exceptional wilderness destinations on foot, and in canoes and kayaks. There are trips for individuals, couples, and small groups, trips for women only, adventures for families, and custom programs for groups. We keep researching and exploring and add new adventures every summer. We have just the right trip for you and another adventure for next year.

New Friends: Some of the special rewards of Black Feathers trips are the friendships, camaraderie, and stories that develop along the way. These uncommon holidays attract a group of like-minded people who have done interesting things. People sharing challenges, adventures, and discoveries on an isolated journey quickly forge strong bonds and friendships. A small group, whose members are dependent on each other and their own resources, can develop a special camaraderie and spirit. Black Feather adventurers from around the world often build lifelong friendships on their trips.

Our Approach: Our philosophy of co-operation and sharing means that the trip becomes a true learning experience. We encourage you to take part fully in all trip activities - from map reading to paddling to cooking. We want you to contribute to the day-to-day planning and decisions. This inclusiveness increases your confidence and helps to ensure that each trip meets your needs and goals. Your full involvement in all the aspects of your trip will lead to a great sense of accomplishment.

Great Guides: Black Feather’s guides are second to none. Handpicked, highly-experienced, and scrupulously-trained, they bring a wealth of skills and knowledge to each trip. They are fun and have a passion for the wilderness.

Office Support: We'll back you up. Adventures at the edge of civilization can seem challenging to prepare for. Our friendly and knowledgeable office staff will make sure that your holiday unfolds without a hitch. When you contact us, you are dealing with the people who run your trip - not a re-seller or a travel agency. Real advice and assistance with flight plans, trip insurance, clothing and equipment planning, and all of those last-minute details is readily available. Feel free to call the office and speak with Wendy, Katja, Steve, or Fred with any questions you may have.

Contacts and Knowledge: Our strong contacts throughout the north, and solid reputation for safety and reliability, ensure the support of communities, northern airlines, and the best local tourism partners. Black Feather holds numerous licences in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon as well as for Nahanni, Auyuittuq, and Quttinirpaaq National Parks. Through the northern airlines, we are able to offer special discount rates for flights to your trip rendezvous points.

We've learned the hundreds of little things that make these trips possible ... Which end of the lake is deep enough for a float plane? Where is the best place to stay in Pond Inlet? How do you get your travel clothes back to Pangnirtung? We've developed partnerships with the most-reliable local people (e.g., Billy in Qiqitarjuaq; Joavee, who takes us by sea to Overlord Peak; and, Pall in Reykjavik, who forwards our gear to Greenland).