Canoe North Adventures

Hiking & Backpacking

CNA offers hiking expeditions in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories in the Mackenzie Mountains and on the Canol Heritage Trail. Accessible from Norman Wells, NWT, these hiking regions are some of the most pristine and beautiful in the world. The Canol Heritage Trail starts high in the Mackenzie Mountains travelling easily down to Godlin Lakes through Caribou Pass and some of the most beautiful vistas in the far north.

Since 1987, offering guided canoe trips and hiking expeditions, logistical support and rentals for self-guided clients accessed through Norman Wells in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories including the Redstone, Natla, Keele, Mountain, Bonnet Plume, Snake, Horton and Great Bear Rivers, the Canol Heritage Trail, and Mackenzie Mountain Hiking. We have a Lodge B&B and Outfitting centre located at the float plane base on DOT Lake.  Let the adventure begin....

Contact Name: 
Lin Ward and Al Pace
Primary Phone Number:
(519) 941-6654
Cell Number:
(519) 939-1781
Fax Number:
(519) 941-4503
307114 Hockley Rd (Off-Season)
Mono, ON L9W 6N6

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Bed and Breakfast

Opened in July, 2011, The Canoe North Adventures Lodge and Outfitting Centre is unlike any other canoeing facility in northern Canada. It serves as a canoeing resource and training centre, an outfitting rental centre and as a full-service Lodge B&B with accommodation and meals. It is strategically located in Norman Wells, NWT at the North-Wright Air Float Base because of the close proximity to the glorious rivers of the Mackenzie Mountains in the Sahtu Region. 

Boat/Canoe Rentals

Canoe rental, gear outfitting, logistical planning & expediting available for the Redstone, Natla, Keele, Snake, Bonnet Plume, Mountain, Horton, Anderson & Great Bear Rivers and the Canol Heritage Trail. In 2011, Canoe North Adventures opened a new Outfitting Centre at the float base on DOT Lake in Norman Wells with high quality gear and equipment.


For the last 20 years, Canoe North Adventures has delivered exceptional wilderness experiences on the rivers of the far north. Our strength is our personal approach to taking canoeists safely down the world-class rivers of this region with a huge amount of fun. We offer canoeing expeditions for novice, intermediate and advanced paddlers on the Redstone, Natla, Keele, Snake, Bonnet Plume, Mountain, Horton, Great Bear, Coppermine, Burnside, Yukon and Pelly Rivers. 


Hand-thrown stoneware pottery by studio-potter and river-guide Al Pace, Inuit carvings, oil paintings and local Dene crafts for sale. Stunning new timber-frame and log building just minutes from town. On DOT Lake, Norman Wells. Open daily, May to September.

Specialized Tours

For us, guiding involves a total commitment to the satisfaction of our paddlers that includes exceptional group dynamics & camaraderie, supportive training on-river, a superb menu, fun guides, safe travel & unparalleled logistical planning. As guides, we are dedicated to ensuring that when the canoes pull into their final stop that no one wants the trip to be over and can turn to the fellow paddlers and say, these are some of the finest people who I have met in my life.Guides, Al Pace, Lin Ward & Taylor Pace, have combined to paddle over twenty years a total of 30,000 miles on twenty-five river systems in Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Named the NWT Operator of the Year in 2010. In 2013, Canoe North Adventures was designated a Canadian Signature Experience by the Canadian Tourism Commission. We recently received the Frozen Globe Award from Up Here Business Magazine for 2014 NWT Entrepreneur of the Year as well as the overall award as pan-territorial 2014 Northern Entrepreneur of the Year. Most recently, Al Pace was awarded the 2016 Mike Stilwell Lifetime Achievement Award. We are known for solid logistics, taking good care of our clients and providing a heartfelt experience.