CNA is Awarded a License to Operate in Nahanni and Naats’ihch’oh National Parks-
We are extremely proud to announce that beginning in 2021, Canoe North Adventures will be offering guided canoe and raft trips on the legendary Nahanni River and the lesser-known Broken Skull River. Our guides can’t wait to share their enthusiasm with you in exploring these epic and iconic wilderness rivers – check out the announcement below!
Parks Canada recently granted Canoe North Adventures an Outfitter License to guide canoe and raft trips on the South Nahanni River in Nahanni National Park. This is the first new Outfitters License issued in 43 years! Parks Canada also granted Canoe North Adventures an Outfitter License in Naats’ihch’oh National Park – the younger sister of Nahanni National Park, so that we can offer spectacular canoe trips on the Broken Skull River. After reviewing our comprehensive application, Parks Canada recognized Canoe North Adventures extensive experience and 30-year legacy operating safe, multi-day canoe trips in the Mackenzie Mountains. They also recognized our considerable investment in building a world-class Outfitting Centre and Lodge in Norman Wells, NWT and our commitment to meaningful engagement with Indigenous communities and cultural tourism initiatives. To support our new trips in Nahanni and Naats’ihch’oh National Parks, Canoe North Adventures will establish a satellite operations base in Fort Simpson and we look forward to getting to know the local community and working with Parks Canada and other local operators to delivering world-class raft and canoe expeditions on Canada’s most iconic wilderness trip, the Nahanni River. Check out our first offerings for Nahanni and Broken Skull River Trips for the 2021 season.
Over the last several months, coronavirus has impacted all our lives in unimaginable ways. Given the realities of travel restrictions during this time, all of our 2020 expeditions have been cancelled. Though it is heartbreaking to not be exploring northern rivers this summer, the pandemic has given us time to pause, reflect and re-imagine what future adventures might be like.
Canoe North Adventures has always taken great pride in our attention to detail around preparedness for launching canoe expeditions into the wild. There are some inherent risks associated with wilderness travel or paddling remote northern rivers, and successfully mitigating these risks is an integral part of our company’s ethos. That has not changed in the face of the pandemic. Covid-19 is another risk that we will need to manage moving forward, though we believe that by next summer the situation will hopefully be under control in Canada.
We are currently in the early stages of developing our strategy on how our next season will unfold. We are consulting with other industry peers and professional organizations to build new precautionary health and safety policies that will be comprehensive, thorough and world class. In these rapidly changing times, our promise to you is that we will be prepared for any outcome. We will continue to monitor the situation monthly and plan to implement the most up-to-date protocols necessary to keep our guests, staff, and northern communities as safe as possible in 2021.
Our love for the rivers of the north, our guests and the communities in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut remains steadfast. We believe the world needs to experience wilderness travel now more than ever. The magic of the north is alive, but the land is still and quiet, patiently waiting for our return. There is so much passion and joy to be shared in the north and we hope, despite any trepidation that you may have, that you will consider joining us on an expedition in the future.
We have just released the dates and rates of our 2021 trips on our website. You may notice a few changes this year. We are proud and excited to announce that we have been recently awarded one of three licences for operating expeditions in Nahanni National Park and Nááts’įhch’oh National Park. We cannot wait to explore the beautiful and legendary Nahanni River and its sister river the Broken Skull with you!
We are also excited to be running our first ever rafting expeditions down the Nahanni River next year. Rafts are a relaxed and wonderful way to experience the wilderness and allow for pretty much anyone over the age of 12 to join in the adventure – no matter if this is their first-time camping or if they have 35 years of tripping under their belt.
To book a trip or to learn more about our approach to addressing issues regarding the pandemic, please contact us by phone or email or click this link for more information.
Stay Well & Happy Trails,
Lin Ward, Al Pace, Taylor Pace, and the Team at Canoe North Adventures