Explore the deep canyons of the South Nahanni River as you paddle your canoe in Nahanni National Park Reserve. Legends of haunted valleys and lost gold are witnessed by places such as Deadman Valley, Headless Creek, Headless Range, and the Funeral Range.


Canoeing Along the Nahanni River

The South Nahanni is a big river with powerful currents, boils and challenging whitewater. From June to September, experienced paddlers and rafters can navigate its waters. Because of the high degree of skill required to safely enjoy the river, it is strongly recommended that visitors employ the services of a park-licensed outfitter/guiding company. Reservations are required for river trips in Nahanni. It is recommended that they be made well in advance due to popular demand. Registration through the park office is required prior to entering the park for a river trip. De-registration is mandatory upon your safe return.

How much time will I need?

  • A week or more

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • Canoe, camera, water, food, proper clothing (can get cold and windy), personal floatation device, navigation equipment, rope, bailer, whistle. Shelter for overnight camping, footwear, camping gear. Proper trip preparation is essential.

Is this activity free?

  • No, you must pay a guided outfitter to accompany you to the Nahanni River.

When's the best time to do this?

  • The river is navigable from June - September.


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