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. Enjoy the ride downstream relaxing in a raft, while one of our certified and experienced guides expertly pilots you down the mighty Nahanni. There is no paddling experience necessary, as Rafts provide an extremely stable platform for your adventure downriver and allow for first timers and experienced paddlers alike to enjoy an experience together without stress and to truly feel the wilderness around them. Please note that the earlier season trips tend to have higher water and bigger splashes- than later season raft trips.
|Fly from Yellowknife to Fort Simpson, arriving around 2 pm, meet your guides, have lunch in Fort Simpson, select your gear and prepare for your adventure!
|Depart for the river around 11:30 AM. 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. Parks Canada Staff may offer an interpretive program discussing specific aspects of flora and fauna unique to Nahanni National Park.
|We complete the 1.5km portage around Virginia Falls and load the rafts prior to entering Nahanni’s legendary canyons - the first which is known as Painted canyon. Inside its towering walls lay some of the biggest rapids on the Nahanni River, up to class 3 in difficulty, and we will rise to the challenge to meet them. . We cover approximately 15kms 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.
|We start the day by hiking up the Gate, an incredible lookout high above the river, and spend the rest of the day relaxing in its shadow at this majestic spot.
|Another glorious day on the river takes us through 3rd canyon & 2nd Canyon. After drifting through 2nd Canyon, we float through into the Headless Valley, a place shrouded in mystery, myth and legend about lost gold and headless men. After enjoying the spectacular views of the headless range, we camp at the mouth of Dry Creek.
|In the morning we take the time to explore up Dry Canyon, before departing in the afternoon to shoot the rapids of Georges Riffle before entering 1st canyon, the deepest canyon in Canada. This exciting stretch of river is some of the most scenic on the whole river, with towering walls surrounding you everywhere you look. A short day of floating through this otherworldly landscape you arrive at your camp beside Lafferty Creek.
|A layover day! If weather permits we will explore the side canyon of Lafferty creek, and its turquoise coloured pools and slot canyons.
|After shooting Lafferty's Riffle and stopping for a short soak in Kraus's hot springs, you enter the splits- a section of river with a myriad of channels and braids. After a long day of navigating through this maze with the chance to see bison grazing along the river, you will arrive at last chance camp.
|A Dene Guide meets us at our campsite and whisks you towards civilization and the town of Nahanni Butte. From Nahanni Butte, you will depart by plane back to Fort Simpson, where you will stay the night and celebrate your adventure!
|Its time to say our goodbyes. Your flight departs for the south around 11 am.