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Nahanni River

What does Nahanni mean?

Nahanni is an evocative word. For many Canadians, whether you paddle or not, mentioning it summons images of the renowned Nailicho (Virginia Falls), of towering mountains, and a canyon kingdom. The word has become synonymous with adventure and wilderness. It is one of the finest representations of natural beauty in Canada.

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A return to the Nahanni

Owner Joel Hibbard reflects on returning to the river he grew up on after a year away due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and how the time away only confirmed his passion for the Nahanni and its incredible ecology.

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Canoeing the Broken Skull River

Tributaries of Nahanni National Park Reserve

Nahanni and Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve encompass a watershed. Mostly undeveloped, rarely explored and spectacularly beautiful, each raindrop and snowflake is making its way through the South Nahanni watershed and into the Mackenzie river basin.

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Mary and Gus Kraus on the Nahanni River

Mary Kraus, First Lady of the Nahanni

The Nahanni watershed is widely recognized as a place of global significance. Its diverse geology boasts landforms that include Canada’s deepest river canyons, some of the largest tufa deposits in the world, as well as hot springs, karsts and pseudo-karsts. For those travelling the Nahanni River, it is the stories of the people who spent time in the Nahanni that add dimension and colour to the magnificence of the landscape they’re immersed in. Read on for a bio of Mary Kraus, First Lady of the Nahanni.

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