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Bear Rock over Tulita


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Tulita means "Where the Waters Meet" and you'll find this Mountain Dene community where Great Bear River empties into the Mackenzie. Established as a trading post in 1869, Tulita, then called Fort Norman, sits across the river from the Mackenzie Mountains and right underneath the storied Bear Rock. Tulita is your jumping off point for adventures in Náátsih'ch'oh National Park Reserve, as well as the location of some of the most important stories in Dene lore. Fly here from Norman Wells, or drive up the ice road from Wrigley in the winter.

Bear Rock is a sacred mountain that rises 400 m above the community to the North and is the site where the legendary Dene lawmaker Yamoria slew the giant beavers that were terrorizing the region. According to the story, Yamoria draped the beaver pelts over Bear Rock, and their outline is visible to this day. Hike the Bear Rock Trail to get up close to this special site and take in the incredible view of Tulita, the Mackenzie River and Mackenzie Mountains from the top.

Tulita is also your access point for Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve, home to many adventure rivers and incredible hiking.

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