Company History

Our Company

In 1973 Don sold NBO to Greg and Fay Williams of Nanton, Alberta. Later the William's sold a branch of NBO, Nahanni Wilderness Adventures to David and Wendy Hibbard in 1992. David had been outfitting and guiding for the Williams since 1989. Our history of river outfitting on the South Nahanni River dates back to 1962 when founder and pioneering outfitter Don Turner began outfitting and guiding river trips by scow up into the Nahanni's canyons from his family's homestead at Nahanni Butte. Don is the son of Nahanni legend and author Dick Turner who came to the Nahanni Region in the 1930's. Dick is best known for his two volumes, "Nahanni" and "Wings of the North" which feature the adventures of Dick and many others. In 1964 Don's company became incorporated as Nahanni Butte Outfitters. Since that time David has become the Nahanni's most active outfitter on the river. In 2012 David guided his 61st descent of the Nahanni on a guide training trip bringing his rookie guides down the Little Nahanni River. This was a thrilling trip with great paddling and lots of wildlife seen right from the canoes. In 2014 he brought his total to 67 trips. As a comparably smaller organization, we have found people prefer our outfitting services when they discover how closely we focus on their destination and travel expectations. Our selection of canoe, raft and kayak trips are accessible to people of just about all ages and abilities. 

"The NWA Advantage"

Nahanni Wilderness Adventures is the only Nahanni River company where the outfitter is on location throughout the season. This level of program supervision and guide support provides our operation the highest quality of service and experience for your adventure holiday.

Each season begins with our Guide Training School for new and returning river guides. 2014 saw the NWA team back on the Kootenay and white rivers during the challenging spring run off for our 22st annual guide school. Safety and risk management have long been the corner stone of our guide schools. This is accompanied by skill development and the review of our many special systems, the ingredients of a successful outfitting program. Additional training on the Nahanni is common. In 2012 our rookie guides paddled the challenging Little Nahanni River before their apprentice trip on the South Nahanni River.

Attention to detail has been our longstanding priority. Evidence of this is our Nahanni River Outfitting Centre built on the Liard Trail a short distance from Blackstone Territorial Park and Lindberg Landing. This comprehensive base of operations was built to support our guides and care for our boats and equipment. The facility includes a Guide's cabin for sleeping and a lounge/kitchen. Separate buildings provide for equipment storage and packing, equipment drying and food packing. The effectiveness of our operations base ensures that you have a trouble free adventure holiday.

Our boats and equipment are chosen from the best available within the industry. Your safety and comfort is our priority while on our trip. We provide a comprehensive list of personal issue items as well as specialty group gear. Unique to NWA are inflatable kayaks accompanying our raft trips and screened dining tents for camping.

jWe invite you to compare our trip rates and list of items provided with each trip. Our commitment is to provide the best value with the most affordable rates.