This 21-day, 600-kilometre paddling expedition takes rafters, kayakers and canoeists down the entire South Nahanni River, with plenty of whitewater and wildlife along the way.

After a two-hour floatplane ride through the Mackenzie Mountains, set down at Moose Ponds, a string of turquoise waters backed by the park’s namesake mountain, the sacred Nááts'įhch'oh. Camp for the night, then plunge into the journey’s most famous stretch of whitewater, 50 kilometres of class II-IV rapids known as the Rock Gardens.

But that’s just the beginning. Over the course of the next weeks, tackle everything from minor rock riffles to steep boulder sections as you paddle your way along the length of the 4,895-square-kilometre park, setting up riverside camps each night in country dense with grizzlies and moose.

The trip is for experienced paddlers only; in fact, only a handful of groups tackle the run each year. Guided tours are available from multiple outfitters.

Late June to August.

South Nahanni River from Moose Ponds

Little Nahanni River

Broken Skull River