Province/Territory: Northwest Territories

Hop-scotch by helicopter through a hiker's heaven

  • 2.5 million hectares of wilderness to heli-hike
  • 02 times as high as Niagara Falls, Virginia Falls is Canada’s highest
  • 1200 metre deep canyons with names like Figure Eight Rapids and Headless Valley.

Hop on a helicopter to hike across high mountain meadows, paddle remote rivers, soak in wilderness hot springs—all under the midnight sun. Hover above thundering waterfalls, soar over canyons, cliffs and glaciers’ bright-blue ice. Track big-horned Dall sheep and spot grizzly bears, led by eco-sensitive guides committed to keeping the pristine, fragile South Nahanni Mountains intact. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, Canada’s first, is rather remote, but you’re skipping from one mountaintop to another, trekking safely. Finish the day at your base-camp cabin with a homemade meal. Relax in the sauna. Or camp high in the hills beside an alpine stream. Drink in the wildness. When you leave, it is without a trace, not even a footprint.

Why you should visit
  • Hike up to glaciers with blue ice and lakes like turquoise jewels.
  • Witness one of North America’s most spectacular rivers within Nahanni National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hike in the Ragged Range with its spectacular mountain climber destination, the Cirque of Unclimables.
  • Stargaze from your tent in the wild while heli hiking.
  • Spot a grizzly from the air.
  • Soak in a wilderness hot spring.
  • Wolf, caribou, Dall sheep, mountain goat and caribou sightings.
  • Freshly caught trout sautéed in butter for dinner.
  • Hunt for ancient fossils from when this was an ocean floor.
  • Relax in the midnight sun from the porch of your own cabin after a homecooked meal and sauna.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Rates & dates.
  • There are banks and shops in Yellowknife and Fort Simpson to pick up last minute supplies and treats.
  • 7, 10 and 12-day hiking trips by helicopter are offered.
When to go
  • July through late August offer the warmest and longest days.
Need to know
  • All camping gear and meals are supplied.
  • Weight is always an issue in small aircrafts and helicopters, so pack lightly.
  • Hikes are tailored to all levels of fitness, experience, age, and interests, and groups are limited to two to four people.
Getting Here