Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve
Find extreme outdoor adventure and near absolute seclusion at the headwaters of the South Nahanni River. Naats’ihch’oh protects an undisturbed expanse of river valleys and peaks in the Mackenzie Mountains, home to mountain caribou and grizzlies. The few adventurers who come each year discover unparalleled white water paddling, endless fly-in hiking through remote and spectacular terrain, and a land steeped in the stories of the Shútagot’ine people.
Paddle the Broken Skull River or go for the Triple Header: three rivers in one trip. Stop for epic hikes or soak in a hot spring in the traditional lands of the Shúhtaot’ine (Mountain Dene).
Run the Nahanni’s Best White Water
This 21-day, 600-kilometre paddling expedition takes rafters down the entire South Nahanni River, with plenty of white water and wildlife along the way.
Blaze a Trail
As one of Canada’s newest national parks, Nááts’ihch’oh has no blazed trails. For experienced hikers, this means a rare opportunity to explore remote terrain and map routes that may one day become part of the park’s established trail network.
Start by chartering a float plane from nearby communities in the Northwest Territories or Yukon. Hikers can choose to set down at any number of Nááts’ihch’oh’s backcountry lakes, from the turquoise shoals of Grizzy Lake to Divide Lake and its maze of wetlands.
From there, chart your own route into the largely unexplored heartlands of Nááts’ihch’oh. Follow meandering rivers through lush wetlands dotted with stunted evergreens, climb the rocky flanks of the Mackenzie Mountains and look out for alpine wildlife ranging from the mountain woodland caribou to trumpeter swans, grizzlies and mountain goats.