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Nahanni Flight Seeing Tours




5 - 6 Hours with 2 stops

Traveling in either the Cessna 185 or the DeHavilland Beaver to Nailicho (Virginia Falls) and Little Doctor Lake sounds like an incredible adventure! Both aircraft offer unique experiences, whether you prefer a smaller, more intimate setting in the Cessna 185 or the ability to accommodate more passengers in the DeHavilland Beaver.

Nailicho, also known as Virginia Falls, is a breathtaking natural wonder located in Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Its stunning beauty and remote location make it a must-see destination for any adventurer.

Little Doctor Lake, nestled amidst the pristine wilderness of the Northwest Territories, offers serene beauty and tranquility. Whether you're interested in fishing, kayaking, or simply taking in the majestic scenery, Little Doctor Lake promises to be a memorable stop on your journey.

After exploring these incredible destinations, returning to Fort Simpson will provide a chance to reflect on the experiences and memories made during your journey. Fort Simpson, with its rich history and vibrant culture, serves as a perfect base for exploring the surrounding natural wonders of the Northwest Territories.

No matter which aircraft you choose or which destinations you visit, traveling through the rugged beauty of the Canadian wilderness is sure to be an unforgettable experience.


Prices starting at $2299.75

Price includes Parks Canada Backcountry Daily Use Fee.


8 - 9 hours with 3 stops

Embarking on a day of adventure with your floatplane, exploring some of the most stunning sights in the Northwest Territories, promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Starting with a flight to Nailicho (Virginia Falls), you'll have the opportunity to join a guided day hike to the top of the falls with Parks Canada interpreters. The hike offers breathtaking views and insights into the natural and cultural significance of this majestic waterfall. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also venture to the bottom of the falls on your own, ensuring you return within the allotted time to continue the journey.

Continuing north of the falls, you'll soar over Gahnihthah Mie (Rabbitkettle Lake), home to one of Canada's largest and oldest tufa formations. The aerial perspective will provide a unique view of this geological wonder, showcasing its intricate formations and natural beauty.

Passing the tufa mound, the journey takes you into the Ragged Range, where you'll marvel at the famous Cirque of the Unclimbables from the air. This iconic landmark is a sight to behold, with its sheer granite walls and rugged terrain captivating adventurers from around the world. A stop at Glacier Lake, with its aqua-colored waters contrasting against the surrounding landscape, offers a moment of tranquility and awe.

Before returning to Fort Simpson, a stop at Nahanni Mountain Lodge on Little Doctor Lake provides a chance to relax on the sandy beach, perhaps even taking a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters or simply soaking up the sun's warmth. It's the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploration before heading back to civilization.

Overall, this day trip promises to be filled with adventure, natural beauty, and unforgettable experiences, showcasing the best that the Northwest Territories have to offer.


Prices starting at $3370.75

Price includes Parks Canada Backcountry Fee


What to Expect

Thrilling and memorable adventure


Scenic Flights

Both the Cessna 185 and the DeHavilland Beaver offer incredible aerial views of the rugged wilderness, majestic waterfalls, winding rivers, and towering mountains. Passengers can expect breathtaking vistas as they soar over the pristine landscapes of the Northwest Territories.


Natural Wonders

Passengers will have the chance to witness some of Canada's most iconic natural wonders up close, including Nailicho (Virginia Falls), one of the highest waterfalls in North America, and Gahnihthah Mie (Rabbitkettle Lake), home to impressive tufa formations.


Guided Hiking

Depending on the tour itinerary, passengers may have the opportunity to participate in guided hikes led by Parks Canada interpreters. These hikes provide insights into the natural and cultural significance of the park's landmarks, such as Nailicho (Virginia Falls) and the Cirque of the Unclimbables.


Landings and Stops

The tour may include several stops for exploration and relaxation. Passengers can expect to land near key attractions such as Nailicho (Virginia Falls), Glacier Lake, and Nahanni Mountain Lodge on Little Doctor Lake. These stops offer opportunities for hiking, swimming, photography, and relaxation amidst the stunning scenery.

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Departures from Fort Simpson are scheduled from June to September, and passengers are required to check-in at your office by 08:00 am for departure. Passengers should be aware that departure times and flight routes are weather-dependent, ensuring the safety of the flight. Pilots will assess weather conditions and make decisions accordingly to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all passengers.

For payload limits, the Cessna 185 can accommodate up to 850 lbs with a maximum of 3 passengers, while the Beaver can carry up to 1100 lbs with a maximum of 6 passengers. It's crucial for passengers to provide accurate weights including gear to ensure compliance with these limits.

Regarding National Park Fees, Nahanni National Park Reserve day use fees will be collected at the time of payment. The fee is $31.75 per adult aged 18 years and older, with no charge for individuals aged 17 years and younger.

For further information on fees, passengers can refer to the Parks Canada website provided: Nahanni National Park Reserve - Tarifs and Fees.

With these details in mind, passengers can prepare for an exciting and safe adventure exploring the natural wonders of Nahanni National Park Reserve.



It's important to keep hydrated during the day. Fill up your water bottle before you depart Fort Simpson. There is no treated water available for visitors in the park.


Pack a lunch, snacks and drinks for the day. Fort Simpson has a grocery store, connivence store and two restaurants that offer take-out.


Weather on the tour can change in the blink of an eye. Dress in layers and especially bring your rain jacket that will protect you from wind and rain if we encounter it on the stops.


Grabs your runners or light hiking shoes. We will encounter board walk at Nailicho that quickly turns into uneven ground with roots and wet areas that can be slippery.


Cannot forget your camera on this trip! Remember to charge the battery or bring a back up. There are no opportunities to recharge while on the day tour.


Remember there is a payload for the aircrafts so check in with your pilot if you are bring more then a back pack. 
You might want to bring a towel and a bathing suit for a quick stop and swim at Little Doctor Lake!

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