Nahanni Classic

Nahanni Classic

The Nahanni "Classic" is a two-week canoeing trip and the perfect opportunity to paddle the highlights of the Nahanni. We start at Rabbitkettle Lake, where you will get to hike to the rare Tufa Mounds - the largest "warm-spring" tufa formation in the north. Paddling downstream from there, we reach awe-inspiring Virginia Falls, which pours over a cataract twice the height of Niagara Falls. We also paddle through four canyons that are, in places, deeper than the Grand Canyon. The route is suitable for any paddler with basic to intermediate whitewater skills.

The trip starts with 3 days of paddling in current, where we can hone our skills before we challenge the canyons below Virginia Falls. Here we paddle some Class 1 and 2 rapids with expert coaching from the guides. Each night we camp by the river’s edge and share an evening campfire with our companions, while watching the midnight sun play on the canyon walls. There is time for off-river hikes up tributary canyons or to breathtaking lookouts.

The Nahanni "Classic" is a dream trip of a lifetime, offering spectacular scenery, great paddling, and warm camaraderie in one of Canada’s best wilderness areas.

"The spirit of the group, the beauty of the canyons, the fun of the paddling - I had the best time ever." Allison, Switzerland

Recommended Skill Level And Dates

Skill Level: 2
Dates Trip Fee
July 12, 2019 to July 25, 2019
$7,095.00 CAD
July 26, 2019 to August 08, 2019
Trip Full
August 09, 2019 to August 22, 2019
Trip Full
August 23, 2019 to September 05, 2019
$7,095.00 CAD
June 26, 2020 to July 09, 2020
$7,095.00 CAD**Early Booking Rate
July 10, 2020 to July 23, 2020
$7,095.00 CAD**Early Booking Rate
July 24, 2020 to August 06, 2020
$7,095.00 CAD**Early Booking Rate
August 07, 2020 to August 20, 2020
Trip Full
August 21, 2020 to September 03, 2020
$7,095.00 CAD**Early Booking Rate
What is Included: 

Guides 5:1 ratio
• 12 nights camping
• 1 night at Lindberg Landing - Day 13
• excellent trail meals and snacks from Day 1 lunch to Day 13 lunch
• dinner Day 13 and breakfast Day 14 at the Lindbergs
Canoeing Equipment
• custom 17’ ABS expedition canoes with spray decks and knee pads
• paddles, PFDs, throw bags, paddling helmets
Camping Equipment
• tents: free-standing, custom expedition dome tents - 2 per tent
• "kitchen": tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc.
• containers for food and group equipment
Safety Equipment
• first aid, safety, river rescue, and repair kits
• communications equipment (satellite phone)
• charter float plane flight from Fort Simpson to Rabbitkettle Lake - Day 1
• shuttle of group and gear from Lindberg Landing back to Fort Simpson - Day 14
• transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to Fort Simpson
• ground transfers between Fort Simpson Airport and Black Feather Base / float plane
 docks at the beginning and end of the trip

Trip Location

Trip Rendezvous Point: Fort Simpson, NWT