A paddler's paradise
Canoeing and kayaking are two of the most ancient means of transportation in the North and both activities are alive and well today. Launch a canoe in one of the innumerable lakes of the North Slave region and you'll be following in the paddlestrokes of the fur traders. If kayaking is more your cup of tea, the Slave River in Fort Smith is home to some of the best whitewater paddling in the world. Whether you're paddling solo or tandem, whitewater or flat, it's hard to beat the experience of being out on the water, surrounded by pristine wilderness.
If you're new to either sport, rent a boat from an operator in the community you're visiting and putter around a placid bay. If you're an experienced kayaker or canoeist, come test your mettle on one of the storied rivers of the NWT: the wild South Nahanni, Mountain, Keele, or Broken Skull Rivers, the rollicking Slave, the remote and beautiful Thelon, or the mammouth Mackenzie.Fort Smith's annual Slave River Paddlefest offers the perfect opportunity to try something new, or hone your whitewater skills.
Come see why paddlers the world over make the trip to the Northwest Territories.