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
E-mail: info@blackfeather.com

Nahanni HeliAdventures
Sunje Petersen & Werner Aschbacher
Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 5P7
Ph.: (867) 399-3194

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
E-mail: info@nahanni.com

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
E-mail: adventures@nahanniwild.com

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
E-mail: kwgroat@northwestel.net

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.

Air Tindi
Yellowknife, NT
Telephone: (867) 669-8200
Fax: (867) 669-8210
Toll free: 1-888-545-6794

Alpine Aviation
Gerd Mannsperger
38 Lodestar Lane, PO Box 6 Whitehorse Yukon Y1A 5X9
Telephone Work: 867-668-7725
Telephone Home: 867-668-7725
Fax: 867-668-2973
Emergency: Janet Sanders 867-336-3996

Black Sheep Aviation & Cattle Co. Ltd.
Darcy Drinnan Office Manager/Dispatch
PO Box 616
Watson Lake Yukon Y0A 1C0
"Black Sheep Aviation" info@flyblacksheep.ca
Telephone: (867) 668-7761
Cell: (867) 335-0011

Great Slave Helicopters
Discovery Air
Box 465 Fort Simpson NT X0E 0N0
Telephone: 867-695-2326
Fax : 867-695-2269
Yellowknife : 867-695-2081

Heli Dynamics Ltd – Karl Ziehe
67 Lodestar Lane, Whitehorse Yukon Y1A 6E6
PO Box 4 Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5X9
helidynamics@northwestel.net or
Telephone 1: 867-668-3536
Telephone 2: 250-320-5380
Fax: 867-668-5637

Tundra Helicopters Ltd.
Steve Harrison
223 Wye Drive box 597 Watson lake Yukon Y0A 1C0
Telephone 1: 867-536-7858
Telephone 2: 867-536-4644
Fax: 867-536-7859

Kluane Airways Ltd
(en anglais seulement)
Warren Lafave (Anita)
Box 31489 Whitehorse Yukon Y1A 6K8
Telephone 1: 250-860-4187
Telephone 2: 867-969-2127
Fax 1: 250-860-4187
Fax 2: 867-969-2127

Liard Air Ltd
Urs and Marianne Schildknecht
Mile 462 Alaska Highway, Box 8 Muncho Lake BC V0C 1Z0
Telephone Work: 250-776-3481
Fax: 250-776-3482

Nahanni HeliAdventures
Sunje Petersen & Werner Aschbacher
Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 5P7
Ph.: (867) 399-3194

Northern Rockies Air Charter Ltd.
Darwin & Wendy Cary
123 Thompson Road Box 37 Watson lake Yukon Y0A 1C0
Telephone 1: 867-536-2364
Telephone 2: 250-491-1885
Fax: 867-536-2364
Cell: 250-859-4327

North-Wright Airways Ltd
Susan Wright
5 Cano Drive Norman Wells NT X0E 0V0
Telephone: 867-857-2288
Fax: 867-587-2962
Emergency: Kyle Newhook 867-678-0525

Simpson Air 1981 Ltd
Ted Grant
10101 Antoine Drive, Box 260 Fort Simpson NT X0E 0N0
Telephone 1: 867-695-2505
Telephone 2: 867-695-2507
Fax: 867-695-2925

South Nahanni Airways
Jacques Harvey
9414 Antoine Drive PO Box 407 Fort Simpson NT X0E 0N0
Telephone 1: 867-695-2007/2263
Telephone 2: 867-695-2007
Fax: 867-695-2943/3400

Summit Air and Summit Helicopters
Peter Rice- Ledcor Group of Companies
100 Dickens Street Yellowknife NT X1A 3T2
Telephone: 867-765-5969
Fax: 867-669-2026
Emergency: Peter Rice, Yellowknife 867-445-3308

Trans North Turbo Air Limited
Reg Davis and RJ Lundquist Corporate Company
115 Range Road Whitehorse Yukon Y1A 3E5
PO Box 8 Whitehorse Yukon Y1A 5X9
Telephone 1: 867-668-2177
Telephone 2: 867-335-1950
Fax: 867-668-3420

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
E-mail: aaoftsim1@northwestel.net

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
E-mail: info@spectacularnwt.com