The Mountain River is our “Guides’ Choice” as the best wilderness canoeing river in Canada. Awesome alpine scenery bathed in constantly-changing colours, dramatic canyons, exciting Class I to III whitewater and non-stop current – all in a pristine wilderness setting – make this trip a “must” for experienced paddlers. There are exceptional side hikes to mineral springs and tufa formations, alpine ridges, and mountain lookouts. Dall sheep, caribou, wolves, and bears live along the river.

The expedition starts with a dramatic flight through the Mackenzie Mountains to a high, jewel-like alpine lake. From here we complete our only portage to a tiny tributary creek, and begin the thrilling descent through the mountains. The river literally falls away in front of our canoes as the current pulls us forward. The river is continually changing, but always moving – complete with swifts, rolling waves, rocky rapids, sweeping turns, and narrow canyons.

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Dates, Rates & Availability

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Dates Trip Fee Availability
Mon. July 15 - Sun. July 28, 2024 $8,895 CAD Book Now
Mon. Aug 12 - Sun. Aug 25, 2024 $8,895 CAD Book Now
Mon. July 14 - Sun. July 27, 2025 $9,395 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now
Mon. Aug 11 - Sun. Aug 24, 2025 $9,395 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now

Mountain River Canoe Trip in the NWT with Black Feather

What's included



  • 6:1 ratio


  • 12 nights camping
  • 1 night in Norman Wells


  • all meals and snacks from Day 1 lunch to Day 13 lunch

Canoeing Equipment

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

Local Transportation

  • charter float plane flight from Norman Wells to Willow Handle Lake – Day 1
  • shuttle of group and gear from the mouth of the Mountain River to Norman Wells
  • transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to Norman Wells
  • ground transfer between Norman Wells Airport and Black Feather Base / float plane
    docks on Day 1, and from the hotel to the airport on day 14