Canoeing the Sahtu

Norman Wells is a Gateway to Adventure for wilderness canoe enthusiasts. At least ten wild rivers flowing deep in the Mackenzie Mountains can be accessed by floatplane from the Sahtu Wilderness Centre in Norman Wells. The Mackenzie, Mountain, Natla, Keele, Snake, Redstone, Arctic Red, Great Bear, Horton and Anderson Rivers offer world-class canoeing opportunities.

Blackfeather, Canoe North Adventures and Nahanni River Adventures are licensed Outfitters offering fully guided canoe expeditions on the Mountain and Keele Rivers which are easily accessed by floatplane with North-Wright Air.

The Mountain River flows 350 kms through stunning mountainous terrain and drops 1200 metres with large volume rapids, fast current and 6 spectacular steep-walled canyons. There are unique tufa and moonscape formations which make interesting side trips as well as unique springs and water features located at Cache Creek canyon.

The Keele River runs 370 kms and offers a kinder more gentle white-water ride suitable for novice paddlers who can hone their skills on miles of swifts, standing waves and interesting rock canyons. The Keele offers excellent alpine hiking opportunities and wildlife sightings of wolf, caribou, moose and Dall’s sheep are common.

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Mountain River Outfitters provides support to the wilderness canoe operators, as well as to independent parties planning canoe trips in the Norman Wells area, for more information –

Canoe North Adventures opened its new timber-frame and log Outfitting Centre located at the North-Wright Air Float Base to fully support guided and self-guided canoe and hiking expeditions with quality tripping gear, canoe rentals, satellite phones, bear spray and detailed logistical planning and map consultation.

Canoeists are shuttled into the mountains to river starting points by North-Wright Airways find more at –