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Encyclopedia > Nahanni National Park Reserve

Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories of Canada, approximately 600 km west of Yellowknife, protects a portion of the Mackenzie Mountains Natural Region. The centrepiece of the park is the South Nahanni River. Four great canyons line this spectacular whitewater river. At Virginia Falls, the river plunges 90 metres in a thunderous plume. It is more than twice the height of Niagara Falls. The park's sulphur hotsprings, alpine tundra, mountain ranges, and forests of spruce and aspen are home to many species of birds, fish and mammals. A visitor centre in Fort Simpson features displays on the history, culture and geography of the area. The park was designated as the first World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978.

The only practical way to get to Nahanni National park is by float plane or by helicopter. In theory, you could hike there on foot but it would take weeks. Nahanni gets 3,500 visitors per year.

External links

  • Parks Canada (http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/nt/nahanni/index_e.asp)
  • South Nahanni River (http://www.chrs.ca/Rivers/SouthNahanni/SouthNahanni-F_e.htm)



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