A hidden gem situated between Fort Liard and Fort Simpson, Blackstone Territorial Park boasts stunning mountain views, abundant wildlife, and a pristine location on the Liard River, downstream from its confluence with the South Nahanni. This is an excellent starting or ending point for canoeists, boaters or anglers.
At the convergence point of three rivers – the Peace, Liard and Mackenzie – Blackstone offers plenty of exciting activities for campers, picnickers and wilderness enthusiasts. The waters here are perfect for boating, while underneath the waves anglers can hook Arctic Grayling, Trout, and Arctic Char. Visitors should be on the lookout for black and brown bears, moose, hares and other wildlife, as well.
The road to Blackstone Territorial Park is itself part of the attraction. Travellers can reach the park via both the Liard Trail (Highway 7) and the Deh Cho Travel Connection. The latter became a popular tourism destination in the ’90s during a contest where travellers of the 3,000-kilometre route were entered into a draw to win an Arctic diamond. Today, many visitors still follow the paths of gold seekers, explorers and trappers on the Deh Cho Travel Connection,visiting historic landmarks, wild parks, well-serviced campgrounds and traditional and modern communities as part of this epic road adventure that takes its name from the Mackenzie River, which is known as the Deh Cho or “Big River.”
Blackstone Territorial Park’s campground features 19 non-powered campsites, washrooms, showers, drinking water, firewood, a kitchen shelter, picnic areas, helpful staff and an intriguing interpretive centre. There’s also a furnished cabin with a woodstove in the park that can be rented.