Paddling the hinterlands means roughing it, right? Pshaw! Despite its name, the Broken Skull River, in Nááts’ihch’oh National Park, is 150 kilometres of mellow, scenic bliss. What’s more, it’s flanked by hotsprings where you can luxuriate for hours or days. Grizzly Bear Hot Springs, a 10-kilometre hike from the river, is an alpine oasis, framed by wildflowers and tufa mounds. Broken Skull Hot Spring is a shorter hike, just past Swallow Falls.
Beginning at the Mooseponds, the upper Nahanni splashes through the Rock Gardens, jostling boaters for 50 kilometres of continuous rapids. It's a rollercoaster of thrills and (maybe) spills. But whether you run it wet or dry, it might be the most epic paddling journey in the world. Plus, it features Rabbitkettle Tufa Mound – the largest tufa formation in the world.