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Canoeing the Mountain River

Paddle for sixteen days through exciting rapids and five gorges in the Mackenzie Mountains of Canada’s Northwest Territories

This is truly the trip of a lifetime—certainly and one of my favorite canoe trips ever.

Our group flew in via charted Twin Otter plane to Willow Handle Lake located high in the Mackenzie Mountains. From here we portaged our boats and gear to the Push me Pull You River (you get the idea!), which then flows into crystal clear Black Feather Creek.

We spent two days paddling some exciting technical rapids and through four small (mini?) canyons. At the confluence with the Mountain River the water volume increased dramatically and as we plunged through more whitewater our canoe’s spray decks came in handy.

This is true, remote wilderness as we saw, grizzly bear, numerous dall sheep and many signs of caribou and wolf. Our 370 kilometer adventure took us through 5 spectacular canyons and with a descent of 1200 meters through countless exciting rapids. When we reached the Mackenzie River a freighter boat picked us up and motored us back to our original staging point and the riverside town of Norman Wells. If you need a river trip to dream about, this is the one!

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