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Experience Mountain thrills without the spills on this spectacular 9 day Keele River Adventure.
The combination of fantastic NWT mountain scenery and entry-level whitewater make this an ideal trip for people who want mountain thrills without mountain spills. The Keele scenery is very dramatic and there are great hiking opportunities up the many small tributaries of the river into the mountains. From Norman Wells we will fly by charter twin otter into an abandoned gravel landing strip next the Keele River Once on the river, we will weave our way through almost uninterrupted current and easy rapids without a single portage, as we make our way down the widening valley, through the mighty Backbone Mountain Range, to the Mackenzie River and down to the community of Tulita. We will return by charter plane to Norman Wells for a final dinner and night together.
(Note: this is a suggested itinerary only, conditions on each trip may vary)
Day 1: Charter Flights into the Keele River from Norman Wells, via twin otter aircraft.
We may camp right near our landing site or paddle a short way downstream before setting up camp.
Day 2-9. Moving at 10-12 km/hr, the Keele river speeds along with plenty of swifts, class 1 rapids and fun wavy class 2 rapids on the outside of the bends. The scenery is stunning as we paddle down the Keele valley surrounded by multi-coloured mountains. The current is such that we can travel many km a day. We would plan to take one day off (or 2 half days) to hike, fish or simply enjoy the landscape.
Day 10 (July 25). In the morning we will take our charter flights from the MacKenzie River, Keele Mouth back to Norman Wells. The afternoon can be spent exploring Norman Wells’ Historic Centre while waiting for your flights home!
Flights Home from Norman Wells
* Please note: It is the nature of bush plane flights that such factors as weather, pilot judgment, fire, mechanical problems etc. can dictate the schedule of flights and can cause delays. Wanapitei cannot control these factors and accepts no responsibility for lost time.
I was hoping that you could thank [Brian and Matt] again for us and let them know what a remarkable experience they facilitated for my wife and I. We will certainly remember it for a lifetime. We had so much fun that we can hardly decide what trip to do next.Jeremy MillerThe meals!! Exceptional, varied, delicious and nutritious come to mind. Meals are never an ‘afterthought’ with highlights including such as sushi on the river bank featuring freshly caught Arctic char, cheese fondue, chocolate fondue ... each meal offers something to look forward to at the end of a hard paddling day.Merrilyn Lindsay business ownerI have known and paddled with Shawn since 1974. He is an amazing guide and canoeist and I have canoed with him from Northern Ontario to the far Arctic, east to west coast. I lead my own local Ontario canoe trips every year, but when I want a guided remote wilderness adventure, there is none better than Shawn and Wanapitei Canoe to take me there.David Wilkie, DVM professor and veterinarianI did my first big canoe trip with Wanapitei in 1980 and had a wonderful experience. I have done many since and always have enjoyed the good leadership, organization, and company on each one, not to mention the great rivers.Peter Milliken, PC lawyer and politicianPaddling the Hess River with Shawn this summer was a thrill and the adventure of a lifetime. The river, country, wildlife, and as important, the people on the trip were all a superb. The whole experience was first rate and an inspiration to do more.Didier Maclaine Pont invester/paddlerAfter not having canoed since my teen years, I was excited but nervous about taking up my paddle again in midlife. Shawn's skill and experience made my trip with him one of the best I could have imagined. I highly recommend his trips.James Gardner vp - marketingI had an incredible time—nothing short of amazing! I'll be back, as they say.Chris Cunningham author