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Nahanni River Adventures Whitehorse

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Nahanni River Adventures
PO Box 31203
Whitehorse
YT
Y1A5P7
Tel: 867-668-3180

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Experience the best in Canada and Alaska adventure travel with a white water rafting or canoeing vacation with us on one of the top 20 Canadian and Alaskan rivers! Since 1972, Canadian River Expeditions has been leading adventurers on premium class Canada and Alaska “expedition style” paddling trips – from 5 to 21 days – on world renown rivers such as the Nahanni, Tatshenshini, Alsek and 17 other scenic mountain, arctic and alpine rivers. In 2006, owner, outfitter, guide and author, Neil Hartling merged Nahanni River Expeditions with Canadian River Expeditions, bringing together the two best groups of guides and selections of rivers, and is now the leader in adventure travel trips offering rafting and canoeing in Alaska and the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Baffin Island in Canada’s north. Join us on a paddling vacation in a unique wilderness paradise this summer!
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    We recently went on a 14 day trip down the Nahanni River with Nahanni Wilderness Adventures (NWA). The group of 6 people and 2 guides was in canoes and a raft. These trips are expensive so chose the tour company wisely.

    Nahanni Wilderness Adventures is a family run company which employs family members as trip leaders despite the fact that they are not the best people available. This was the situation in our case and the leader hadn't been on the river for three years so was not familiar with the current conditions nor was he able to adjust as...Read More

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    It was a good trip

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    Сделайте панорманию

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    15 jaar geleden(1997) zijn wij met zn tween 7 dagen in het park gedropt door Decho air. Met een twin otter watervliegtuig en voor 10 dagen proviant. De ranger zou ons gaan zoeken als we 14 dagen later ons niet hadden afgemeld. WW3 (8 figure rapid) met een open candees. Een paar maanden geleden de film 'Into the wild' gekeken. Nu kan ik zeggen dat dit een zeer bepalende ervaring in mijn leven is geweest.

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We recently went on a 14 day trip down the Nahanni River with Nahanni Wilderness Adventures (NWA). The group of 6 people and 2 guides was in canoes and a raft. These trips are expensive so chose the tour company wisely.

Nahanni Wilderness Adventures is a family run company which employs family members as trip leaders despite the fact that they are not the best people available. This was the situation in our case and the leader hadn't been on the river for three years so was not familiar with the current conditions nor was he able to adjust as he relied on passé knowledge which resulted in us camping at sites which were marginal given the changes that had occurred over three years since he has last been there.

Our trip leader was a têtu who ignored both group requests and well-founded advice from very experienced outdoorsmen. He viewed the participants not as mature adults rather as recruits to be dictated to. At Virginia Falls, he refused to allow us to make the hike up Sunblood and so we sat around the camp for a day.

The tour company decided to lump a raft together with canoes so we in the canoes were always waiting for the raft to catch up. As a result the people in the canoes got cold waiting around and we got into campsites late when the sun had disappeared behind the hills so it was not possible to dry out the tents or clothing.

On the lower part of the Nahanni, we were forced to lash up a catacanoe which takes away from the experience for capable canoeists.

The owner of the NWA tour company is a difficult person to deal with and this should be born in mind. What he said before the trip and what actually happens once on the river proved to be very different. In fact, one couple was told that their trip would be cancelled even after payment had been accepted.

The following are my recommendations should you decide to make a trip down the Nahanni River:

1. Do not go on a trip that mixes rafts and canoes.

2. If you are a canoeist capable of handling class 2/3 rapids then ensure that you be able to be in the stern for at least some of the rapids.

3. If you are a canoeist capable of handling class 2/3 rapids then ensure that you'll not be forced to be part of a catacanoe.

4. Ensure that you'll be able to do activities such as hiking Sunblood.

5. There are three companies licensed to provide trips in the Nahanni NP, so check out each one before selecting one. How the company selects their trip leaders and guides is critical – those using nepotism should be treated with caution.

6. Consider the time of the season since water levels change, bug density varies and better northern light displays occur towards the end of the season.

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