A lifesaving rescue over 30 years ago lead to the creation of Nahanni River Adventures. Hear Neil Hartling tell the story:
After the first season of expeditions I realized the most frequent comment from guests was: “That was fantastic! Where do we go next?”. Soon we were offering the Tatshenshini and each year after added another river. This slow growth allowed us to keep the quality high. We always surveyed the guests after each trip and steadily fine-tuned the design to meet with the changing needs and desires of the growing clientele. This encouraged a high return rate of loyal guests and kept the company at the forefront of northern adventure travel. Seeking out new adventures for returning guests, lead us to over 20 spectacular northern rivers. It also encouraged a high retention rate of staff, and that is why some of the guides have been active for over 25 years. The result is a strong and seasoned team of skilled, knowledgeable and fun guides. They create memorable experiences from which you will bring home great stories. Check out our guides here.
In 1992 we moved our base from Alberta to Whitehorse, Yukon. This brought us closer to the rivers we run and made it easier for us to achieve the goals of sustainable tourism, spending locally and supporting the northern economy.
As leaders in the industry, the company has won many awards over the years. But the greatest reward has been sharing some of the world’s most spectacular places with guests and witnessing their joy and amazement with the experience.
As the years passed, we acquired other companies as owners retired. I always sought the best practices that they had developed and pulled them into the operation. The results have been the-best-of-the-best, with hundreds of years of experience funneled into one operation. Most recently, in 2006 we acquired another leading company, Canadian River Expeditions, which was founded in 1972 – the first river expedition company in Canada. It was a testimony to the good reputation of CRE that we retain the name on our masthead.
Conservation and sustainable tourism practices are key to all we do. Over the last 30 years we have played leadership roles in some of the largest conservation campaigns in the world, resulting in wilderness preservation that will be a legacy for future generations. More about our conservation story:
They say imitation is the best flattery. We take pride in being the company that others try to emulate. We make it a point to stay on the cutting edge and draw great satisfaction from innovation and continuous striving to meet and exceed the evolving expectations of our guests. We have taken over 10,000 paddlers downriver since 1972 and our guest repeat rate of over 40% speaks for itself.
I feel privileged to serve our guests. I refer to them as salt-of-the-earth-people. The trips seem to self-select for the kind of people I would like to spend time with. Many of our guests have saved for years to come with us. Others will charter custom private trips. We have also guided Heads of State and leaders of industry. You will recognize names like Trudeau & Kennedy, and there are others who’s names we cannot share. All have raved of the experience.
We remain passionate about these rivers and the land through which they flow. This means the richest experiences and stories possible when you travel with us. Our vast and loyal cohort of returning guests are testimony to this. We hope you will soon be one of this distinguished group.