The Keele is one of the most spectacular, yet unknown, rivers in the Northwest Territories. The Keele River system drains a large area of the Mackenzie Mountains between the Nahanni and Mountain Rivers. Our canoe route flows 300 km through beautiful mountain ranges to the Mackenzie River. The river valley is home to caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, and wolves. This is a fun stretch of river, with current and runnable rapids which are suitable for paddlers of all skill levels. Many swifts and small rapids are easily run in our custom, covered canoes. The river is wide and meanders through beautiful mountain valleys, with breathtaking vistas.

The trip is ideal for female paddlers with some camping experience, and some basic canoeing skills. It would be an excellent choice for your first northern canoe expedition and we are pleased to run this in cooperation with our friends at Wild Women Expeditions.

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Dates, Rates & Availability

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Dates Trip Fee Availability
Sat. July 22 - Wed. Aug 2, 2023 $7,895 CAD Book Now

What's included


Female Guides

  • 6:1 ratio


  • 10 nights camping
  • 1 night in Norman Wells


  • all meals and snacks from Day 1 lunch to Day 11 lunch

Canoeing Equipment

  • ABS expedition canoes with spray decks and knee pads
  • paddles, PFDs, throw bags, paddling helmets

Camping Equipment

  • tents – free standing 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)


  • transportation of guides, group gear, food etc to Norman Wells
  • charter float plane flight from Norman Wells to the Keele – Day 1
  • ground transfer between Norman Wells Airport and Black Feather Base / float plane
    docks on Day 1 & Day 12
  • charter shuttle between Keele/Mackenzie Confluence & Norman Wells on Day 11