The Nahanni River
- Perhaps the most visually diverse river on the planet
- The world’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and Nahanni National Park is one of the largest parks in the world.
- A mecca for wilderness travelers
- Virginia Falls is nearly twice the height of Niagara, and the river’s canyons are the deepest in Canada
- “Greatest river trip in the world” – Bill Mason, film maker, naturalist and environmentalist, author of Path of the Paddle and film series of the same name
- Fabled in 1908 by the disappearance of two prospecting brothers and the subsequent finding of their headless bodies. Headless Creek, Deadmen Valley, Funeral Range, Somber Range and Thundercloud Range were resulting place names and the presence of hot springs encouraged a legend of tropical banana growth
- Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau paddled the river in 1970, a time when heads of state were not known for river expeditions while in office, he then championed the formation of Nahanni National Park
- Located in one of Canada’s most famous national parks and now enlarged seven-fold, making it one of the largest parks in the world – nearly the size of Switzerland!
- The small First Nations village at the mouth of the river is not accessible by road and is one of the few remaining as such
- Subject of the eloquent 1950 account by Englishman, Raymond Patterson entitled Dangerous River, which went on to sell thousands of copies in many languages
The Nahanni is a true Canadian wilderness river icon. It’s situated in a mountainous landscape and flows through Canada’s deepest river canyons, past hot springs and geological features so unique that the Nahanni River was declared the first World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1978.