Nahanni National Park Reserve

Nahanni National Park View Point

Travel to Nahanni National Park Reserve – Mountains and Pristine Wilderness

Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada protects a portion of the Mackenzie Mountains Natural Region offering the adventurous visitor a wilderness experience.

Nahanni National Park Reserve encompasses 300 square kilometres of the South Mountains in the south-western corner of the Northwest Territories. It is a wilderness of rugged mountains, wild rivers and luxurious hot springs stretched along the South Nahanni River.

The Nahanni River, named for the Naha, a tribe of fierce warriors who vanished from the valley, is a dangerous river notorious for other mysteries as well, like the story of the headless men found in Deadmen Valley.

The geological history of the area is unique. Much of the region was never touched by glaciers and so has evolved differently. The four canyons of the South Nahanni have cliff walls that rise as much as 1500 metres above the river. Originally established in 1972, the park reserve was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the first natural region in the world to be so designated.

Wildlife in the park reserve includes many species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians as well as fish.

Activities that visitors can enjoy here include canoeing, hiking and wilderness camping.

  • Spot all manner of birds, mammals, fish and reptiles.
  • Hike and canoe amidst stunning scenery.
  • Camp in a spectacular wilderness.


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