For those looking for an extended intermediate paddling experience, look no further.

Starting high in the Mackenzie Mountains at Ǫtaa Tué Fehto (Divide Lake), the Pı̨́ı̨́p’enéh łéetǫ́ǫ́ Deé (Broken Skull River) boasts 150km of excellent Class I-III whitewater, pristine hot-springs, great hiking, and true untravelled wilderness. We will spend approximately one week descending this section, followed by two weeks on the fabled Tehjeh Deé (the South Nahanni River) where we will experience the highlights of Nahanni National Park Reserve including Gahnįhthah Mįe (Rabbitkettle Lake) and Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls).

This trip is suitable for paddlers with previous canoe-camping and whitewater canoeing experience.

Want to Learn More?

Click here to access a detailed trip package with an itinerary and a full list of inclusions and exclusions for our 2024 dates, click here for 2025. To access a recommended packing & rentals list, click here.


Other Broken Skull Options

We also offer a Broken Skull paddle and backpack the Cirque of the Unclimbables trip, and a Broken Skull only trip for those who only have a shorter time period for their paddling adventure!

Dates, Rates & Availability

Prices listed are per person. All dates listed are tentative until confirmed by the Black Feather Office. Click here for our booking, payment and cancellation policies. Please contact us to be put onto a waiting list if your desired trip is full.

Dates Trip Fee Availability
Wed. July 3 - Thurs. July 25, 2024 $9,695 CAD Trip Full
Wed. July 2 - Thurs. July 24, 2025 $10,495 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now

What's Included


  • 6:1 Ratio


  • 21 nights camping
  • 1 night in Fort Simpson


  • all meals & snacks from Day 1 lunch to Day 22 lunch
  • Dinner on Day 22 in Fort Simpson

Canoeing Equipment

  • ABS expedition canoes with spray decks and knee pads
  • paddles, PFDs, throw bags, paddling suits & helmets

Camping Equipment

  • tents – free standing expedition dome tents – 2 per tent
  • ‘kitchen’ – tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc
  • containers for food and group equipment

Safety Equipment

  • first aid, safety, river rescue, and repair kits
  • communications equipment (satellite phone)


  • charter float plane flight from Norman Wells to Divide Lake – Day 1
  • boat & van shuttle to Fort Simpson – Day 22
  • transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to Norman Wells
  • ground transfers between Airport and Black Feather Base / float plane docks in Norman Wells & Fort Simpson