River Recipes: Gourmet Mac and Cheese

River Recipes: Gourmet Mac and Cheese

Imagine sipping red wine while watching the Northern sun settle closer to the horizon. The beautiful canyon walls of First Canyon on the Nahanni are glowing pink and yellow with the early evening light. Someone is reading a section from Patterson’s The Dangerous River. The smell of melting cheese wafts in front of your nose, as your guides crack the lid on the Dutch oven to check on this evenings entrée.

Lines on a Map

Lines on a Map

I have this memory of waking up and find that my father had moved the furniture in the living room to the side and had covered the floor in 1:50 000 maps from the Canadian Geological survey. Each crisp, grey and white square had its corner held down with a rock or shell; treasures from past adventures helping let the next one take shape. Whether those were maps for the Nahanni or the Thelon I can’t say but the source material for my bedtime stories was laid out in front of me.

Delicious Labrador Tea

Delicious Labrador Tea

I love this time of year as winter gives up its grip on the landscape and signs of spring are in abundant evidence. I can’t wait to see the wild flowers pushing their way up through the damp, pungent earth and the buds and blossoms appearing on shrubs. At our Northern base on the Liard Trail in the Northwest Territories, one of my favourite flowers to enjoy every season is the foamy white blossom of the Labrador tea bush.

The Jerry Cans

The Jerry Cans

More than simply talented musicians, the Jerry Cans bring heart and clearly articulated values onto the stage with them and into the communities they perform in. There is a significance to the music they offer. A non-indigenous lead singer singing his heart out in Inuktitut. A violin and a throat singer going note for note, beat for beat. The Jerry Cans do more than make me want to get up and dance. They give me hope.

Video Highlights from Moose Ponds

Video Highlights from Moose Ponds

The classic South Nahanni River whitewater canoe expedition from the Moose Ponds is our most popular Nahanni Headwater expedition. This trip takes place on the traditional territory of the Sahtu and Naha Dene and explores the entirety of the Nahanni River beginning in the newly formed Naats'ihch'oh National Park Reserve at the foot of the stunning Mt. Naats'ich'oh.

Swans of the Nahanni

Swans of the Nahanni

Twenty years ago these majestic birds were a rarity on the Nahanni River. Known to nest in the Yohin Lake area, a cenote on the eastern edge of Nahanni National Park, these birds have recovered from the brink of extinction in the 1930’s. Hunted extensively in the 1800’s for subsistence and for their distinctive plumage Hudson’s Bay’s records show how their population plummeted in the course of only two decades. After decades of conservation, the population has now grown to close to 50,000 animals. As their population has expanded so too has a paddlers’ chance to interact with them.

Virginia Falls, the Most Beautiful Waterfall in the World

Virginia Falls, the Most Beautiful Waterfall in the World

Over the last 200,000 years the Arctic has seen repeated glaciation. Each period has left its mark on the landscape we see today. Since the end of the Wisconsin Ice Age, the melting ice allowed the South Nahanni Watershed to host a thriving ecosystem. As the Nahanni River has carved its way through the valley its focused energy has left us with Virginia Falls and fourth Canyon, the first in the Canyon Kingdom. It is a scene of chaotic beauty, a reflection of everything around it.

Bird Songs of the Nahanni

Bird Songs of the Nahanni

As the days grow long, the snow drifts recede and the first hints of green appear in the trees I let bird song wash over me, a spring baptism of sorts. Many of the birds that I see in April and May in the forests of northwest BC are migrating north to nesting grounds and their seasonal homes. We are on the same trajectory these birds and I as we both prepare for our yearly pilgrimage to the Arctic.

Stories from the Nahanni, Tatshenshini, Alsek, Firth and other rivers are coming to you!

Stories from the Nahanni, Tatshenshini, Alsek, Firth and other rivers are coming to you!

Join us for our dramatic presentation with spectacular images of the "Best Northern Rivers" with Neil Hartling and Joel Hibbard of Nahanni Wild & Canadian River Expeditions. Enjoy the stories and find out why National Geographic Adventure designated us one of the ‘Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth’. You have dreamed of that bucket-list river journey.

Growing Wild: Introducing the Tatshenshini, Alsek and Firth

Growing Wild: Introducing the Tatshenshini, Alsek and Firth

This fall saw Nahanni Wild grow as the team at Nahanni River Adventures and Canadian River Expeditions joined the family. After years as friendly competitors we are so excited to bring together two incredible teams of guides and to continue our growth from two of the most experienced guides and outfitters in Canada, Neil Hartling and David Hibbard. Their decades of experience allows our guide teams to ask important questions and ensures our expeditions remain unparalleled. There is no substitute for experience!

The makings of the Canyon Kingdom

The makings of the Canyon Kingdom

Standing at the edge of the Nailicho (Virginia Falls) on the South Nahanni River it is easy to understand the formation of Fourth Canyon and it’s colourful walls that line the river below the Falls. The power of the Nahanni is immediately evident amongst the spray and towering rock formations and it is hard to believe that the precipice does not crumble faster.

Tributaries of Nahanni National Park Reserve

Tributaries of Nahanni National Park Reserve

Nahanni and Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve encompasses a watershed. Mostly undeveloped, rarely explored and spectacularly beautiful, each raindrop and snowflake is making its way through the South Nahanni watershed and into the Mackenzie basin. Looking at it on a map it is hard to comprehend the scale of these valleys. Part of what makes this area so unique are the limestone and granite heights of land that separate this watershed this watershed into areas with dramatic differences.