We’re committed to the environment

Conservation & Sustainable Tourism

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.

We’re continually experimenting with and refining “Leave No Trace” camping practices. We’re an industry leader in this area and often create best practices that others have adopted.

We were among the first to use fireboxes on the rivers where we operate, and designed a customized backcountry firebox and we were among the first to begin carrying solid human waste out of the Tatshenshini and Alsek watershed.

We follow the Code of Conduct of the Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon (WTAY) and are avid supporters of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). We also strongly adhere to all regulations concerning the treatment of artifacts, fossils, flora and fauna. As the saying goes, ‘Take only memories. Leave only footprints’.

Protecting the Tatshenshini-Alsek Rivers

In the early 1990s, the Tatshenshini-Alsek was designated one of the most threatened rivers in North America by American Rivers and the American River Management Society. As part of the protection effort, Canadian River Expeditions used company resources to take dozens of influential politicians, writers and artists down the river for free to let them experience the wild places that would be lost in the name of “progress.”

Rafting the Alsek River.

Protecting the South Nahanni River

For more than a decade Nahanni River Adventures provided leadership in the campaign to protect the Greater Nahanni Watershed, eventually creating one of the largest parks in the world. We mobilized clients, and participated as a speaker on the nation-wide tour, and even offered trips so CPAWS supporters could experience the majestic beauty for themselves!

Canoeing through Canada's deepest river canyons on the Nahanni River in Nahanni National Park Preserve.
Paddling through Canada's deepest river canyons in Nahanni National Park Reserve.

Protecting the Peel Watershed

When many voices come together great things can be accomplished. Working with many partners over decades has provided an opportunity to see one of the world’s great wilderness areas protected. Most recently Canadian River Expeditions helped spur on thousands of passionate paddlers to demand the government set aside the majority of the watershed aside from development. With an update soon to arrive we are hoping for a major conservation victory in 2019.

Spectacular view from one of many great hikes in the Peel Watershed.

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At the end of the operating season, Dana and I were both in the South Nahanni watershed though heading different directions. She would experience the late-season autumnal glory in the Canyons leading our last raft expedition through an incredible contrast of boreal colour against the Nahanni’s grey limestone and dolomite walls. With nights of aurora in store and a stunning display in Deadmen Valley, I was right to be envious of her expedition but I had one of my own in the works.

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Giving Back To The Wild

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Wood Bison in the Spotlight

Learn about the NWT’s wood bison herds along the Nahanni from CBC Naturalist Brian Keating. This species-at-risk is coming back due to efforts to reintroduce populations to the territory.

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Raptors Thrive on the Firth

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