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Experience mountain river 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 to 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. 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.