This three week canoe trip follows the entire Tehjeh Deé (the South Nahanni River) from the headwaters at Nááts’įhch’oh Tué (Moose Ponds) to the mouth at the confluence with the Liard River.

We’ll spend our first week paddling the Rock Gardens – a stretch of 90 kilometers where the river drops over 650 metres. There is almost continuous Class I – III+ whitewater to challenge the experienced canoeist. We continue downstream and spend two weeks paddling the canyons of Nahanni National Park Reserve. This part of the trip is highlighted by fun Class I and II whitewater, spectacular canyons, interesting day hikes up tributary canyons, and exploring Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls).

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Dates Trip Fee Availability
Thurs. July 3 - Fri. July 25, 2025 $10,495 CAD until Oct. 31* Book Now

Paddling the 'Rock Gardens' with Black Feather

What's included



  • 6:1 ratio


  • 21 nights camping
  • 1 night in Fort Simpson – Day 22


  • all meals and snacks from Day 1 lunch to Day 22 lunch
  • dinner Day 22 and breakfast Day 23 in Fort Simpson

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)


  • charter float plane flight from Norman Wells to Mooseponds – Day 1
  • shuttle of group and gear to Fort Simpson – Day 22
  • transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to Norman Wells
  • ground transfers between Norman Wells and Fort Simpson Airports and Black Feather Base / float plane docks at the beginning and end of the trip