The South Nahanni River is a Canadian Icon. Flowing through its namesake Nahanni National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the river plunges almost 100 meters over Majestic Virginia Falls before carving its way through 4 incredible canyons filled to the brim with adventure. Towering mountains surround you and canyon walls soar as you float through this incredible untouched landscape for 11 days. Enjoy the ride relaxing in a guided raft, meaning there is no experience necessary and your whole family (kids included!) are welcome to join.
The Nahanni River and Nahanni National Park are Canadian Icons. Originally Created by Pierre Elliot Truedau in 1972, NNP and its sister park Nááts’įhch’oh now protect 35 000 km² of pure, pristine mountain wilderness, with the Nahanni River as its centerpiece. The Nahanni River flows through traditional Dene Territory of the Dehcho and Sahtu people, and we are grateful for their leadership in protecting this vast wilderness.
Paddlers from all over the world consider this river to be their mecca. It travels 375km through the park as it descends to the Liard River that connects to the Mackenzie River at Fort Simpson. Fort Simpson is the leaping-off point for the floatplane flight into NahʔĄ Dehé.
Rafting is a unique way to experience the magic of a river expedition. Swap stories and enjoy the majestic views around you, and let your guide regale you with the stories of the land- all with a cup of coffee in your hands! Challenge the fun but exciting rapids and feel the waves splash on your face over the bow. Enjoy the finer things of life- while on the river! Rafting is the most comfortable way to experience a northern river, with extra large chairs, extra thick sleeping pads, tables, beer and other accoutrements including the kitchen sink! Experience the excitement, comradery and and incredible sense of wonder of those who join a rafting trip with us next summer.
||Arrive in Fort Simpson before noon, met by guides, lunch in Fort Simpson, debrief and gear selection prior to charter flight departure to Virginia Falls at 2pm. Stunning flight into the heart of the Mackenzie Mountains arriving at Virginia Falls, set up camp and overnight. Explore the stunning scenery around Virginia Falls on this scheduled layover day with an opportunity to hike to the summit of Sunblood Mountain and take in a spectacular view of Virginia Falls, Rabbit Kettle Valley and the South Nahanni Valley. Parks Canada Staff may offer an interpretive program discussing specific aspects of flora and fauna unique to Nahanni National Park.
||We complete the 2km portage around Virginia Falls and load the rafts prior to entering Nahanni’s legendary canyons - the first which is known as Painted Canyon. The sheer-cliff vaulted canyons inspire the description of Nahanni as the Grand Canyon of the North. As the canyons narrow, the whitewater and standing waves will provide maximum thrill and adventure for our Team. We cover approximately 20kms on this first big day of whitewater.
||We raft down through the Third Canyon with 1200m walls as it makes its way through the Funeral Range. We camp in the shadow of the Nahanni Gate and have an opportunity to embark on a short hike high above Pulpit Rock.
||Another glorious day on the river takes us through the 2nd Canyon traveling through the Headless Range and into Deadman Valley. Many of you will know of the mysterious deaths of the McLeod Brothers The valley expands with distant views of the Tigotsho Plateau. Camping is at Prairie Creek where there is a large alluvial fan.
||We run George’s Riffle before entering 1st Canyon dotted with hundreds of caves. Here the canyon cuts through the Nahanni Plateau creating the most dramatic canyon in Canada. This is a relaxing section of river to experience the majesty of the canyon. Camping will be at Lafferty’s Canyon.
||A short float to Kraus’ Hot Spring for a relaxing soak in the 32-degree waters.
||We enter The Splits, a 75 km braided section of river where the current slows and the country opens up. As we wind our way through the lowlands, we spend the day relaxing and reflecting on the wonders upstream.
||We are met at the boundary of the park by a Local Dene Guide who will transport the group with their personal gear by motor boat to the hamlet of Nahanni Butte. Here, after a delicious lunch, we are whisked back to Fort Simpson by charter flight for a shower and celebration!
||It's time to say our goodbyes and depart Fort Simpson.