With six stunning canyons, the Mountain River is considered the most coveted whitewater canoe trip in Canada by seasoned river-guides. Its remote setting and big, fun whitewater with jaw-dropping mountain scenery will thrill you right to the confluence with the Mackenzie River. The canyons are defined by vaulted sheer cliff walls guarded by mysterious “gates” and challenging white-water suitable for intermediate or advanced canoeists. This unique, relaxed 18 day itinerary is custom designed to allow for 6 full days of exploratory hiking into the mountains.
The Mountain River trip starts only 15 km from its headwaters, high in the misty Mackenzie Mountains. Flying into a small lake near the river, these is a short portage to gain access to its waters. The river is small and tight at the start, but soon swells to a broad, mature and powerful river framed by a vaulted mountainous valley. The river starts off slow, giving time to warm up before reaching the legendary canyons that hold the rivers most thrilling whitewater. Each canyon is different and offers its own challenge and mystique. After the canyons have passed, the river enters the Mackenzie Lowlands, part of the largest intact boreal forest on earth. As the river slows it braids, twisting and diverging again and again until it finally meets the mighty Mackenzie River where a float plane awaits to whisk you back to civilization.
With magnificent scenery, wildlife, and excellent hiking the Mountain River is truly one of the most incredible whitewater canoe trips on earth. Due to the more difficult rapids (up to class 3) , this trip is suitable for Intermediate or Advanced paddlers, however we are able to accommodate a few intrepid novice paddlers on every trip. If you are someone with who enjoys a thrill and isn’t afraid to push your limits, then feel free to inquire with us about the Mountain. Our certified and professional guide team will make every effort to help you develop and refine your paddling skills along the way and keep a watchful eye out that everyone is safe and having fun.
For 2021 we are pleased to announce we have a very relaxed 18 day itinerary, which is custom designed to allow for 6 full days of exploratory hiking into the mountains. The hiking alongside the Mountain River is better than almost any other river in the north; every campsite has hiking opportunities. We are excited to be able to finally take full advantage of what the river has to offer, and find some new mountains to climb!