Our Guides

Laura Gilks, Fredericton, Canada:

Overall, we had an amazing experience with Nahanni Wild. Your guides were all very professional, welcoming, worldly and entertaining. The experience was definitely a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” that will never be forgotten.

 

Seffi Ben Joseph, Israel: 

Dear Dave, 

 I would like, once again to express my thanks and gratitude to you, Justin, Jake, Mary and Brad.

I know I am repeating myself but I can't emphasize enough how overwhelming was the experience on the Nahanni thanks to your team.
With all my experience in travelling all over the world I have never came across people like yourself and your team. Not only was the organization was superb, the attitude, joy and readiness to help, physically and mentally, the group of old people was and will remain as a very strong impression from a very special Nahanni tour. I hope you will come and visit us in Israel. 


Raft Trips from Virginia Falls

Jeanette Sylvestre:

Hello Dave,

I know you won't get this e-mail for a while since you are off on a trip of your own, but I wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had on the South Nahanni River. Justine and Bryon were excellent guides. They worked very hard, were always pleasant and a lot of fun. Bryon's rowing skills completely put me at ease about going through the rapids from the first day and by Lafferty's Riffle I was enjoying the experience immensely. Justine was a ball of energy and enthusiasm.


Canoe Trips from Rabbit Kettle Lake

Mark and Laurie, Ottawa Canada:

Hi Dave and Wendy

Mark and I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip. (The Brennan group) It was a spectacular vacation and we have brought home many wonderful memories. We felt it was very well organised. Rick and Jason were phenomenal and we felt well taken care of. Thanks.


Canoe Trips from Broken Skull River

“Good things come in small packages” and “small is beautiful” are common adages. Both hold true in the case of my recent paddle with Nahanni Wild down the Broken Skull River in the NWT.

The Hibbards, owners and operators of Nahanni Wild are a small and incredibly tight family. Each member has their own unique strengths and together they have carved a special niche into the northern landscape. Their shared love of wild and remote places coupled with their incredible work ethic is evident in every aspect of the planning and execution of their trips. Communication, organization, quality of meals, regard for safety and expertise of guides are big things when choosing a company that plans and guides expeditions. Nahanni Wild gets top marks for all of these. However, it’s the many small considerations that raised the bar for me, and made the trip truly exceptional.

Creativity and thoughtfulness comes in many forms be it the ritual passing of the the Burt’s Bees hand salve at the water’s edge each morning, the “spa bag” one takes along to the loo, a toilet design befitting Queen or King, the clever, simple and effective wash station, a carefully crafted cookbook, (a hands down best seller should it ever be published), knot tying tutorials, family stories, sharing the Dene and Dehcho culture and history, a well stocked library that celebrates not just northern natural history, but it’s poetry and indigenous authors, early morning Bailey’s coffee passed through one’s tent flap....the list is endless. One recognizes the warm Hibbard sense of humour and far ranging curiosity is inextricably embedded in many of these seemingly small but meaningful endeavours.

Small as northern rivers go, the Broken Skull River might be considered relatively short compared to the larger and longer northern rivers like the Thelon and the Coppermine. It’s a slender, often shallow mountain river that twists and turns playfully down through a riveting landscape, home to a jaw dropping large and diverse amount of wildlife. Small and fast. Crystal clear. And so, so much fun. Small too were the number of bugs.

Small is the amount of time over a lifetime that most of us have to plan and take part in expeditions to remote, wild places. It’s important to choose well, both in destination, and those with whom we travel. One thing is for certain. If you do decide to trip the light fantastic down the Broken Skull with Nahanni Wild, the number of stories and memories to treasure at the journey’s end will be anything but small.

-Nancy, 2018


White Water Trips

Steve Horner Calgary, Canada: 

Hard to pick a favourite part since every minute was an experience and we were truly blessed to be able to come to this part of Canada and partake in what we did.


The Food

 

Laura Gilks, Fredericton, Canada:

Meals were amazing! I still can’t believe how well organized and executed the meals were! Cinnamon buns for breakfast? Incredible. 

 

Brenda Brennan, Ottawa, Canada:

UNBELIEVABLE! How do they bake around the fire? No shortage of food- great variety.

 

Terry Olaskey  Wasaga Beach, ON:

Trip meals. Beyond my wildest dreams... so many neat menu ideas and all very nutricious and nourishing.... Great recipe choices. Always left the table full
and really didn't need the snacks I brought with me.


Self-Guided Trips

Andreas Ettemeyer, Austria:

Dear David

Our Nahanni adventure is finished and we returned healthy to our homes.  I wish to thank you for perfect organization and equipment. I hope, everything was okay when you received the equipment at Simpson air....

...Once again, thank you for your and Wendy's support. We enjoyed our trip and the Canadian wilderness very much and time seemed to be too short.

Best regards

 

Robert Moorman, Germany:

Hi David: Thank you for your support and the equipment. Everything was as it supposed to be.
We specially were very impressed about the spray-decks! These do very good in rough
water conditions. We had a great trip and time at the Nahanni!