Nahanni Butte

Nahanni Butte

Tthenáágó – “Strong rock”

Population: 97

Named for the stately mountain guarding over it, this quiet Dene settlement is picturesquely situated where the South Nahanni River pours into the Liard. It’s a common stop for paddlers exiting the national park, and offers awesome hiking to the top of the butte. Check out the log church and school. Access is by river taxi in summer (call ahead) or, in winter, via ice road across the Liard.

 

Location: 61°02′ N, 123°23′ W
Elevation: 182 metres
Population: 113
Traditional name: Tthenáágó – “Strong rock”
Setting: On the South Nahanni River just upstream from its confluence with the Liard, in the shadow of the community’s 1,400-metre-high namesake, Nahanni Butte
Languages: South Slavey, English
Ethnicities: Dene (Kaska)
Getting here: By road from Fort Simpson to the east side of Liard River (two hours), then across the river to the community (water taxi in summer, ice-road in winter); or by paddling the South Nahanni River
Founded in: For countless centuries, the Kaska and Naha Dene used this area. It became permanently settled in the late 1950s when the government relocated people from a settlement at Netla River, 24 kilometres away
Claim to fame: Gateway to Nahanni National Park Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Don’t miss: The hike up Nahanni Butte
 

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