The specific itinerary for your trip will designate the arrival date and meeting time. Your guides will be busy finalizing details until that time. Only in Fort Simpson do we meet and greet at the airport and only on the designated day. You are certainly welcome to arrive a day or more in advance and find your own way to your accommodation. In all northern destinations, cabs are not expensive like “the big city”. $10 or slightly more, will usually get you anywhere you need to go. The number of cabs in small communities is limited so be prepared to be patient and enjoy your new surroundings if you have to wait for a pick-up.
If you plan to arrive early and are wondering about activities in the area, feel free to enquire of our office by phone or Email. We can usually get you pointed in the right direction. Your guides are not available until meeting time. Most of their work is of a nature that is best handled by them alone. Similarly, following the trip your guides may have a short turn around before the next trip so they will have to leave you following the last gathering. Your indulgence in this will be appreciated by the staff.
Fort Simpson is accessible by both the Mackenzie and Alaska highways. The most direct from Edmonton (and often the most reliable) is the Mackenzie. Both offer reasonable gravel once in the NWT and require two days to comfortably drive from Edmonton. Plan to be in Fort Simpson by noon. Upon arrival, find your way to the South Nahanni Air base where you will find your guides or a friendly person who will direct you to them. Parking is available at South Nahanni Air. You may wish to schedule your time so as to arrive a little early and allow time for tending to last minute details in Fort Simpson.
We operate from the rustic float plane base belonging to South Nahnni Air, which providers efficient access to the Twin Otter aircraft. Please remember that this is a remote community and the summer season is the height of activity. At times, this base can play host to more than one group of river travellers and thus it may appear chaotic -trust that your guides have everything under control.
For more driving information and conditions, please visit web: nwtparks.ca under “Highway Touring”, or NWT Tourism, at 1-800-661-0788 or 403-873-7200.
Accessible via the Mackenzie Highway, Yellowknife is at the “end of the road”. The highway is paved most of the distance. The population is 15,000 and has most services associated with a larger center.
Whitehorse may be reached via the Alaska Highway. The road is paved most of the way for the 24-hour drive from Edmonton. An innovative “loop” journey can be created by using one of the Alaska ferries for one leg of your trip and the road for the other route. Parking may be available at your hotel or RV camp.
This is an ambitious but spectacular drive. Continuing north from Whitehorse, and just prior to reaching Dawson City, you will come upon the Dempster Highway. The pavement ends at this junction and vehicles should carry two spare tires beyond this point. The drive from Whitehorse to Inuvik is approximately 20 hours.