With six stunning canyons, the Mountain River is considered the most coveted whitewater adventure in Canada by seasoned raft and canoe guides. Its remote setting and lightning fast water with jaw-dropping mountain scenery will thrill you all the way to the confluence with the Mackenzie River. Each canyon is defined by vaulted sheer cliff walls guarded by mysterious “gates” and frothy white-water perfectly suited for oar and paddle rafts – allowing all levels of paddlers to experience this world-class river trip.
The Mountain River is located in the remote Mackenzie Mountains north and west of Norman Wells. Part of the Mackenzie River basin, it lies within the Arctic watershed flowing northeast along the border of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. The flight into the Mountain River is breathtaking as you catch your first glimpse of a vast landscape with the towering Selwyn Mountains dominating the view. This classic mountain river flows through a panorama of mountains with magnificent scenery, abundant wildlife, alpine hiking, steady current and miles of exciting rapids. Inviting alpine slopes descend to near river level. This river is ideally suited for expedition rafts and participants of all ages and skill level can enjoy a thrilling river adventure with the security of experienced guides. There will be ample time for epic hikes into the alpine where the views will leave you awestruck.
In its upper reaches, the Mountain is a frisky, quick-paced river with challenging rapids with many lively turns culminating with 1st Canyon. Watching this river grow from a tiny stream deep in the mountains to a broad, mature river tells the complete story of a magnificent river journey. Steady current takes paddlers through gracious curves and along soaring cliff faces and sandy slopes. Paddling through six whitewater canyons, hiking up mountainsides and exploring unusual land formations define the Mountain River. The river promises glimpses of ancient moonscapes and large tufa rock formations that stand as sentinels among the white and black spruce of the Boreal forest. The canyon entrances at Battleship Rock and Cache Creek remind us of the invitation from this wild land to keep our eyes open. As she drops her veil, the land allows us to glimpse the story that time has carved out of this world. A waterfall and icy, watery cave at Cache Creek are unique features that can be explored. We take on the whitewater that is fun and fair giving us that exhilaration that combines a feeling of well-being with accomplishment. At the exit of 6th Canyon a therapeutic hot-spring offers a luxurious soak! As the mountains pull away into a broad panoramic valley, the Mountain River joins the mighty Mackenzie River where the trip ends.