Signature northern experiences

A white-water rafting odyssey

The wild Alsek river slices through the remote interior of Kluane, running past glaciers and between soaring mountains. A multi-day rafting trip along the famous river is the adventure of a lifetime.

Kluane National Park and Reserve

Woman in a raft.

Experience the arctic

Raft through the heart of Ivvavik National Park. Experience the land where the Porcupine Caribou migrate with their young– a land protected to ensure the continuation of traditional Inuvialuit culture. Let the land share its stories under the light of 24-hour sun. Hike and raft through a multitude of habitats and dip your toe in the Beaufort Sea. This trip has it all! Catch up on sleep when you get home.

Ivvavik National Park

Two rafts descending the Firth River in a rocky section at Ivvavik National Park.

Under northern skies

Kluane’s two-day Northern Nights festival held annually in September features a variety of fun activities, including stargazing with local astronomers, night sky photography workshops, traditional storytelling, live music and kids’ activities.

Kluane National Park and Reserve

Venture up north to watch the northern lights dance in the largest dark-sky preserve in the world. The best time to see the magic of the dark sky in Wood Buffalo National Park is late summer, fall and early spring.

Wood Buffalo National Park
Northwest Territories

Green and purple Northern Lights above the forest at Wood Buffalo National Park.

Paddle on the Thomsen River

The gentle Thomsen River runs the length of Aulavik National Park. Paddlers are rewarded with a multiweek journey through rich arctic tundra, full of wildlife like muskoxen, hundreds of species of wild-flowers and ancient archaeological sites.

Aulavik National Park
Northwest Territories

Canoeing in the Thomsen River Valley.

Encounter storied lands

Welcome to the ‘Land of the Ancestors’ - a powerful place where the living connection between the land and local Indigenous peoples forges an unforgettable experience. Paddle past eskers and muskox, cook fresh-caught trout over the fire, or travel with a local Indigenous outfitter along routes that reach from the East Arm of Great Slave Lake to the Barren Lands – a landscape like no other.

Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve
Northwest Territories

A man hikes with a scenic view of the lake in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve.

Nahʔą Dehé Classic

Welcome to the home of the Dehcho. Journey the South Nahanni River through Nahanni National Park Reserve as it cuts through some of the deepest canyons in Canada. Follow its curve from Gahnįhthah, start at Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls) or begin north in Nááts’įhch’oh on one of three epic tributary rivers. Both guided and non-guided trips available.

Nahanni National Park Reserve
Northwest Territories

Visitors canoeing

Paddle a whitewater playground

Paddle the scenic and fun Pííp’enéh łéetóó Deé (Broken Skull River), navigate the thrilling Łáhtanįlį Deé (Little Nahanni River) or tackle Moose Ponds – the northern stretch of the Tehjeh Deé (South Nahanni River). Both guided and non-guided trips available.

Nááts'˛ihch'oh National Park Reserve
Northwest Territories

A visitor canoeing whitewater

Journey to the fort

Experience the Sloop Cove Hike—a four-kilometre guided trek across the tundra’s ever-changing landscape. Your journey begins by boat to Sloop Cove, where 18th-century Hudson’s Bay Company men repaired ships and carved their signatures in the pre-Cambrian stone. Next up: stroll along the beach and lookout for birds soaring overhead. Wrap up your adventure along the scenic ox cart trail and arrive at the iconic Prince of Wales Fort!

Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site

Aerial view of Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site.

Climb Mount Thor

Rope up and tackle the world’s tallest cliff face on Thor Peak, a sheer 1,675 metre (5,495 foot) vertical climbing experience that is one of Auyuittuq National Park’s signature extreme adventures.

Auyuittuq National Park

Climbers at the top of Mount Thor.

Sea kayak Oliver Sound

Paddle into Sirmilik’s Oliver Sound, an Arctic fiord ending at Oliver Glacier, as whales and seals swim the dark blue waters. Hike and camp amid tundra wilderness under the Midnight Sun.

Sirmilik National Park

Kayaks approaching narwhals in an inlet.

Experience the top of the world

Partake in a guided backpacking trip or base-camp experience in Quttinirpaaq National Park or hike independently under 24-hour daylight to explore this High Arctic wilderness and ancient Inuit homeland. Visitors will return home from the experience of a lifetime hiking and exploring the top of the world – a place few others will go.

Quttinirpaaq National Park

Hikers standing near water, watching for birds and animals at Tanquary Fiord

Where nature and culture connect

Explore and discover Torngat Mountains National Park. Learn and experience Inuit culture, witness wildlife and northern lights, watch icebergs, and hike traditional Inuit travel routes. Stay overnight at a satellite camp, have a picnic on the beach, or take part in evening presentations with researchers, Parks Canada staff, Inuit Elders and cultural performers.

Torngat Mountains National Park
Newfoundland and Labrador

Four adults admiring the landscape, the Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station and mountains in the background.
©Parks Canada/Pat Morrow

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