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4 Day Mackenzie River and Nahanni Package

4 Days (3 Nights) | $3,009
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Combine two legendary northern icons in one dramatic trip. Accompanied by your Dene guide, cruise the headwaters of the mighty Mackenzie River (Dehcho) from Fort Providence to Fort Simpson. Immerse yourself in the culture of the Dehcho. Then take flight over Nahanni National Park Reserve, to view Virginia Falls, and spectacular mountain scenery at this World Heritage Site.

Day 1: Edmonton to Yellowknife

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Start your adventure flying North on Monday evening travelling on Canadian Nort, from the great city of Edmonton Alberta to the diamond capital of the world, Yellowknife, NWT. Board the shuttle for the Explorer Hotel for a quick 8-minute ride to your hotel. Check in, sit back and relax or spend an hour or two exploring the downtown of Yellowknife, under the bright skies of a northern summer night.


Day 2: Yellowknife to Fort Simpson

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You will travel from Yellowknife to the community of Fort Providence in a luxury air-conditioned SUV driven by your Dene host and guide. Watch out for free roaming Wood Bison along the way, as they are almost always watching our northern guests drive by. Arrive in the community of Fort Providence located on the banks of the mighty Mackenzie River. After a brief tour of the community and a stop at the arts and crafts store, lunch will be served at the Snowshoe Restaurant. Now it’s time to cruise the headwaters of the mighty Mackenzie in the comfort of a 22 ft. covered harbour craft powerboat. Travelling on the second longest river in North America you will learn about the cultural significance of the Big River to the Dene people. You will retrace the 1789 journey of the great explorer Sir Alexander Mackenzie from Fort Providence to the beautiful village of Fort Simpson, located on an island at the confluence of the Mackenzie and Liard Rivers. 


Day 3: Flying the Nahanni

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Head off for an adventure of a lifetime in the DehCho region of the Northwest Territories. You will be picked up and taken to the Fort Simpson float base to board your chartered floatplane for your flightseeing trip into the famous Nahanni National Park Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The duration of your breathtaking Nahanni adventure will be from 5-6 hours with a stop and some time to hike and explore one of Canada’s highest water falls, the awe-inspiring Virginia Falls. Enroute your pilot will share the legends of Deadmen Valley, Headless Range, Funeral Range, Death Lake, and Crash Lake Canyon. This is one of the most scenic trips in all of Canada so be sure to have your camera charged and ready to go. Once back in Fort Simpson, time for dinner and a chance to reflect on the memorable day you just experienced flying in the majestic Northwest Territories.


Day 4: Historical Fort Simpson to Edmonton

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After a good night sleep and early breakfast, it’s time for the Fort Simpson Historical walking tour. A historical walking tour will introduce you to the cabin of prospector Albert Faille as well as the Papal Grounds and Fort Simpson Heritage Park, which was probably the location of the first trading post in the Northwest Territories (circa 1801). 


Package Includes:

  • Return airfare from Edmonton
  • Airport transfers
  • Luxury SUV trip from Yellowknife to Fort Providence with opportunity to view free roaming Wood Buffalo
  • Visit Dene Arts and Crafts Centre and tour Fort Providence
  • Travel the Mackenzie River by power boat (22-foot covered Harbourcraft) from Fort Providence
  • Retrace the infamous 1789 journey of Sir Alexander Mackenzie to Fort Simpson, the oldest community on the Mackenzie River
  • Three nights accommodation (one night Yellowknife, two nights Fort Simpson)
  • Scenic flight into Nahanni National Park Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and see Virginia Falls, twice as high as Niagara Falls
  • Historical Tour of Fort Simpson
  • Return flight to Yellowknife and Edmonton
  • Activities are subject to change due to availability and seasonality.

    Minimum 4 guests; Maximum 6 guests. Moderate physical demands. Mother Nature is in charge.

Dates:

2016: July 18 and July 21

Double occupancy pricing from $3,009
Single occupancy pricing from $3,305

Pricing is per person. Taxes & fees included. Based on double occupancy.


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