Our flight with Ted Grant into the Nahanni country by way of Little Doctor Lake,
the Ram Canyons, and the Ragged Range is forever impressed upon my mind. It was
We offer day tours that are sure to be the experience of a lifetime –
flying into the spectacular wilderness over Canada's deepest canyons that make up
the Nahanni National Park Reserve. You will see why this is a UNESCO World Heritage
Site. Now six times larger, the recent expansion makes this the third largest park
in Canada. Approximately 500 km west of Yellowknife, the park protects the Mackenzie
Mountain Range. Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development,
explains, "The expansion of the reserve will ensure that Nahanni can continue to
be revered as a place shrouded in mystery, spirituality and healing." 'Nahanni'
is an indigenous Dene word and can be translated as 'spirit'.
Untamed rivers and jagged mountain peaks like Vampire Peaks and the Cirque of
the Unclimbables share their wild secret with hot springs, tufa rock and the incredible
Virginia Falls; where you will find breathtaking pristine nature, with rapids and
waves stretching for eight kilometers then returning to their voyage of the South
Nahanni River, truly the centrepiece of the park. Four majestic canyons line this
spectacular whitewater river.
Fly-in day tour: 5-6 hours
You will be flying on a floatplane, taking off from the shore of the Mackenzie River
at the Simpson Air float base. The Cessna 206 (4 passengers or 5 with small children)
or the de Havilland Beaver takes you through First, Second and Third Canyons. Enroute
your pilot will share the legends associated with Deadmen Valley, Headless Range,
Funeral Range, Death Lake, and Crash Lake. Keep an eye out for Dall Sheep and mountain
caribou racing over the cliffs and slopes below. You will land on the South Nahanni
River at the top of Virginia Falls. Whitewater plunging 92 meters into the Painted
Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight and sound. A great tower of rock sits squarely
in the middle, defying the force of nature. The Dene people believe this rock to
be the spirit of the Naha, a notorious tribe of mountain warriors. Follow along
the top of the falls and the Sluice Box to picturesque photo locations, or you can
follow the portage trail to the bottom of the falls to experience the power of this
spectacular natural wonder. On the return trip you'll fly-over the Nahanni Plateau
and Ram River Canyons. A short stop at Little Doctor Lake and the Nahanni Mountain Lodge will allow you to relax on the sand beach or swim in the quite lake –
take photographs of the scenery, the birds, or the wildlife nearby before returning
to Fort Simpson.
Fly-over day tour: 2.5-3.5 hours
We also offer Virginia Falls fly-over tours. These tours are done in our airplanes without floats; the plane does not land in the Nahanni National Park; however you will still see all the amazing sights.
The fly-over tour in our Cessna 172 takes approximately 3.5 hours and can accommodate 2-3 passengers. The Cessna 206 can carry 4-5 passengers and takes approximately 2.5 hours.
Fly-in day tour: 6-8 hours
This journey starts as the Virginia Falls tour, but continues further into the mountains.
After experiencing the magnificence of Virginia Falls, you will fly-over the magnificent
Cirque of the Unclimbables, a group of several cirques with 9000' peaks that drain
through Fairy Meadow, an idyllic alpine garden. A brief stop allows you time to
take in the spectacular view of Lotus Flower Tower – one of the best rock
climbs in the world – and Mt. Harrison Smith – one of the highest mountains
in the Ragged Range. Continuing the tour over Rabbit Kettle Lake, you will see the
Tufa Mounds. A stop at Little Doctor Lake and the Nahanni Mountain Lodge to relax
and enjoy the scenery completes the tour as you head back to Fort Simpson.
Fly-over day tour: 4-5 hours
We also offer Glacier Lake fly-over tours. These tours are done in our airplanes without floats, the plane does not land in the Nahanni National Park, however you will still see all the amazing sights.
The fly-over tour in our Cessna 172 takes approximately 5 hours and can accommodate 2-3 passengers. The Cessna 206 can carry 4-5 passengers and takes approximately 4 hours.
Fly-in day tour fees:
Cessna 185: Seats 3
Cessna 206: Seats 4-5
Beaver: Seats 6
Fly-over day tour fees:
Cessna 172: Seats 2-3
Cessna 206: Seats 4-5
All fees are in Canadian currency, GST/HST not included Reservations require a $100 non-refundable deposit per person. Please contact us to make payment.
At Simpson Air we are proud to be the longest established air charter company in
Fort Simpson. We provide safe, reliable air charter service throughout the Northwest
Territories and beyond. We are pleased to offer our customers the once in a lifetime
opportunity to experience the breathtaking Nahanni National Park Reserve including
the South Nahanni River. As the world's first UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Canadian
Heritage River, it is truly the adventure of a lifetime; don't just see the Nahanni,
Our diverse fleet of single and multi-engine aircraft on wheels and floats are available
to meet all of your aircraft charter needs. Whatever your specific requirements,
we can transport you and your cargo anywhere – to the Nahanni and beyond. From a
major airport to a remote mountain lake or river and any place in between, no place
is out of reach with the expertise of Simpson Air.