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Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada

Facilities and Services


Canoers on water
Canoers on water
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Licensed Outfitting Companies

There are three licensed outfitting companies that legally offer guided trips in Nahanni National Park Reserve. Please contact the companies directly to obtain a description of trips offered, as well as current information regarding trip dates and prices.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the outfitter you select has a valid national park business licence. A company or guide operating without a licence is putting your safety, and the safety of others, at considerable risk.

Blackfeather the Wilderness Adventure Company
250 McNaught's Road, RR #3
Parry Sound, Ontario
P2A 2W9
Phone: (705) 746-1372
Toll Free: (888) 849-7668
Fax: (705) 746-7048

Nahanni River Adventures
P.O. Box 31203
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 5P7
Phone: (867) 668-3180
Fax: (867) 668-3056
Toll free: 1-800-297-6927

Nahanni Wilderness Adventures
969A Lawrence Grassi Ridge
Canmore, Alberta
T1W 3C3
Phone: (403) 678-3374
Fax: (403) 609-2042
Toll free: 1-888-897-5223

Equipment Rental

The commercial river outfitters, as well as some of the air charter operators will rent various equipment such as canoes, rafts, spray skirts, paddles, and in some cases, tents. Please contact them directly to determine availability and prices.

For fire-box or fire-pan rental contact:

Deh Cho Hardware
Box 208
Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories

Access to Nahanni National Park Reserve can either be accomplished by an ambitious overland route via Ross River, Yukon or Tungsten, NWT (current information is available upon request), or by chartering a floatplane. Rabbitkettle Lake and Virginia Falls are the only two designated landing sites inside the park. All aircraft require a park-use permit.

Air Charter Services

Air Access Etiquette

Please ensure that each and every visitor has a quality wilderness experience by requesting that your pilot not fly at low level and not fly along the river corridor during your flight into the park. Please remember that if you fly down the river corridor, it not only disturbs wildlife but also other visitors on the river and reduces the quality of their wilderness experience. If you respect the rights of others to a quality wilderness experience, others will respect yours.

The park is dedicated to preserving the wilderness quality of your trip, but it requires your assistance. Please remember that because you are paying for the charter flight, the decision on flight etiquette is yours. Your pilot will be more than happy to comply with your request.

Air charter services are available from a variety of locations which include Fort Simpson, Fort Liard, Fort Nelson, Yellowknife, Watson Lake, and Muncho Lake.

Depending on the size of aircraft your group requires, costs can vary widely. Please contact air charter companies directly for current price information.

The local aircraft charter operators in Fort Simpson are:

Simpson Air (1981) Ltd.
P.O. Box 260
Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories
X0E 0N0
Toll Free: 1-866-995-2505
Phone: (867) 695-2505
Fax: (867) 695-2925

South Nahanni Airways
P.O. Box 407
Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories
X0E 0N0
Phone: (867) 695-2007
Fax: (867) 695-2943

Wolverine Air
P.O. Box 316
Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories
X0E 0N0
Toll-free: 1-888-695-2263
Phone: (867) 695-2263
Fax: (867) 695-3400

Other regional aircraft charter companies are:

Air Tindi
P.O. Box 1693
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
X1A 2P3
Toll-free: (800) 669-8200
Phone: (867) 669-8200
Fax: (867) 669-8210

Alpine Aviation (Yukon) Ltd.
P.O. Box 6
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2B0
Phone:(867) 668-7725
Fax:(867) 668-2973

Black Sheep Aviation
P.O. Box 21318
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 6R6
Office: (867) 668-7761
Cell: (867) 335-0011

Kluane Airways / Inconnu Lodge
Box 29008 OK Mission RPO
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1W 4A7
Phone: (250) 860-4187
Fax: (250) 860-8894
Summer Base at McEvoy Lake: (867) 969-2127

Liard Tours / Northern Rockies Lodge
Box 8
Muncho Lake, British Columbia
V0C 1Z0
Phone: (250) 776-3481
Toll Free: 1-800-663-5269
Fax: (250) 776-3482

Ground Transportation Services

River outfitters and some air charter companies provide these services as part of their overall package. For other travellers, unless you leave a vehicle at Blackstone Territorial Park, you will need to make arrangements for transportation back to your point of departure.

For a river taxi from Nahanni Butte to either Blackstone Territorial Park or Blackstone Landing, contact the Nahanni Butte General Store. The service is available seven days a week, but you should make your booking well in advance. The Nahanni Butte General Store also has a coffee shop and a motel. For more information, contact:

Nahanni Butte General Store
General Delivery
Nahanni Butte, Northwest Territories
X0E 0N0
Phone: (867) 602-2002
Fax: (867) 602-2003

Olinto's Taxi Ltd.
Box 53
Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories
X0E 0N0 Phone: (867) 695-2179


Numerous books have been written about the South Nahanni River and surrounding area over the years. Any of these books should be available through your local bookseller.

Aboriginal History and Culture:

As Long as this Land Shall Last by Réné Furmoleau
Drum Songs : Glimpses of Dene History by Kerry Abel
Medicine Power by George Blondin
South Slavey Topical Dictionary
Ted Trindell : Métis Witness to the North by Jean Morisset and Rose-Marie Pelletier
The People of Denendeh, Ethnohistory of the Indians of Canada's Northwest Territories by June Helm
Yamoria the Lawmaker: Stories of the Dene by George Blondin
When the World Was New:Stories of the Sahtu Dene by George Blondin
Trapping is My Life by John Tetso


Bear Attacks by Stephen Herero

Historical and General Interest about Nahanni:

Dangerous River by R.M. Patterson
Nahanni by Dick Turner
Nahanni Portfolio by Pat and Rosemarie Keough
Nahanni Remembered by R.C. Lewis
Nahanni River of Gold ... River of Dreams by Neil Hartling
Nahanni Trailhead by Joanne Ronan Moore
R.M. Patterson by David Finch

South Nahanni River Guides:

Nahanni River of Gold ... River of Dreams by Neil Hartling
Nahanni, The River Guide by Peter Jowett
Rivers of the Yukon, A Paddling Guide by Ken Madsen and Graham Wilson


Aborigianl Plant Use in Canada's Northwest Boreal Forest by Robin J. Marles et al.
Vascular Plants of Continental Northwest Territories, Canada by A.E. Porsild and W.J. Cody


Great Canadian Parks-Nahanni , Discovery Channel, 1997
Last Moose Skin Boat , National Film Board, 1997
Nahanni (Albert Faille's trip up the Nahanni) , National Film Board, 1962

Other Services

For additional information on areas outside Nahanni National Park Reserve, please contact the following sources:

Village of Fort Simpson
P.O. Box 438
Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories
X0E 0N0
Phone: (867) 695-2253
Fax: (867) 695-2005

Government of the Northwest Territories
Department of Industry, Tourism & Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories

P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2L9
Phone: (867) 873-7903
Fax: (867) 873-0163

NWT Tourism

P.O. Box 610
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
X1A 2N5
Phone: (867) 873-7200
Toll free: 1-800-661-0788

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