Skip to main content

Find out more about the current wildfire and wildfire-related concerns in the NWT.

Home Story Lost and found: A forgotten camera’s incredible Nahanni adventure

Lost and found: A forgotten camera’s incredible Nahanni adventure

Towering canyon walls, an earth-shaking waterfall, sweeping mountain panoramas – there’s no shortage of unbelievable natural wonders inside Nahanni National Park Reserve.

There’s no lost-and-found, either. 

For many travellers, exploring this northern gem is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So if you forget your camera inside the Nahanni, heartbreak follows.  

Walter Ried knows that feeling. Back in 2016 he discovered he’d mistakenly left his camera behind after his cohort of paddlers, led by Black Feather’s skilled guides, had travelled some distance down the South Nahanni River during a three-week trip adventure. 

The worst part? He knew exactly where the camera was: “Sitting on a rock at Flood Creek, a tributary of the upper Nahanni River,” Ried says.

For years, Ried lamented his momentary lapse of attention. But who could blame him, immersed as he was in such stunning wilderness surroundings, with surprising and gorgeous new landscapes around every bend in the river. 

Still, from his home in Ontario, Ried imagined the frozen camera sitting there on that rock during a Northwest Territories winter – and another, and another – lost along with all those prospectors and hunters who wandered into the Nahanni over the centuries never to be heard or seen again.

Luckily, this story has a happy ending.

In 2019, guide Jake Fell was leading his own trip down the Nahanni when he stumbled upon a Nikon camera sitting near the shore of the river. He powered it up and scrolled through the images, instantly recognizing a fellow guide. “On it, he saw pictures of [Black Feather guide] Mitch McCambly at Flood Creek, exactly where I had left the camera,” says Ried. 

Black Feather has been offering a variety of guided tours in the park for decades, retaining guides who are not only experts when it comes to safety but also in relaying their enthusiasm and love of these special waters. And, it turns out, experts in returning lost cameras.

When the trip was over, Fell gave the camera to McCambly. “Mitch remembered that I had lost it at Flood Creek and he mailed me that camera,” says Ried. 

Despite the camera spending three winters in the Northwest Territories and being exposed to rain, snow, sun and curious wildlife, Ried says that “after charging the battery, it fired up perfectly!”

Undoubtedly your memories from a Nahanni National Park Reserve adventure, just like Ried’s will last forever. But being able to scroll through your photos once the trip is over – priceless.

 

Check out the great experiences that Black Feather has to offer here.

Creating Memories for a Lifetime Nonacho Lake Fishing Adventures offers trophy lake trout and northern pike fishing. Wildlife abounds at......

Tundra North Travel is an Inuit company based in Inuvik, Northwest Territories that was established with the dream of being......

Your Dene Connection in Yellowknife. B. Dene Adventures is a Traditional Dene Culture Camp business which teaches the Dene way......

Our company is a tour management and booking services company. We are located at Yellowknife, NT Canada. Our clients come......

With over 30 years of living in Yellowknife, we offer a variety of tourism experiences for our guests. We are......

Book an adventure with us at Trail Blazer Tours for an unforgettable experience! Your adventure with us will create lasting......

With Bluefish Outfitting you’ll get an unforgettable trip of a lifetime. Bluefish Outfitting offers personalized, guided fishing trips and boat tours on......

100% Indigenous owned!  We are the world’s first Aurora Hunting tour company, we know Aurora. Learn about Aurora, why Yellowknife is the......

2 Seasons Adventures is a family-owned company. Our professional guides boast a lifetime of experience enjoying the unique lifestyle of......

“Unforgettable remote fishing experience” We are the only lodge located on this fly-in only lake. With only 8 guests per......

“Like No Other Place On Earth” We are the only fly-in lodge located a 50 minute float plane flight from......

Northern and Remote Wilderness Adventures Ltd. (NARWAL) is a small, friendly, majority Aboriginal owned and operated family business. Our reputation......

Yellow Dog Lodge is a comfortable lodge with 3 private cabins for our guests. The lodge is a short (15 minute) floatplane ride from Yellowknife. Located on Duncan and Graham Lakes, the lodge is your hub for adventure. Choose from an additional 5 lakes for guided day trip excursions. Each lake is unique and offers unspoiled first class fishing. We are the only lodge that operates guided trips on each of these remote lakes located in the NWT taiga wilderness. Packaged trips feature superb sport fishing and safe outdoor adventure. The lakes and streams offer the finest Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Walleye and Arctic Grayling in the region. As an added bonus, our guests will enjoy the midnight sun and may even catch the northern lights later in the fall or early spring....

Come experience world-class Aurora Borealis viewing in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. We are the only guides in the Northwest Territories......

Create your own story. We offer a variety of services to make your Sahtu adventure a reality! We offer everything from......

Our goal is to provide unique customized services for high-end customers. We excel at making personalized tours. You can see......

Exceptional fishing on Gordon Lake, 100 km northeast of Yellowknife. Fish for Lake Trout, up to to 56 lbs! Fly in by......

Great Slave Lake Tours offers winter and summer trips on Great Slave Lake, the ninth biggest lake in the world......

Ena Lake Lodge is a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive luxury fishing and outdoors experience in Northern Canada. Come and experience authentic fly-in......

Pehdzeh Ki First Nation is located in the community of Wrigley, Northwest Territories, Canada. We are a Designated Authority in......

Welcoming and friendly with a rustic charm and all modern conveniences, Grey Goose Lodge immediately catches your eye as you......

To truly experience the Northwest Territories, take your camping gear for a highway driving adventure! Long ribbons of road without......

Fish for Trophy Lake Trout and Arctic Grayling at our all-inclusive lodge located in East Arm, Great Slave Lake. Fly......

Born & raised in Inuvik, Northwest Territories our experienced lead guide Jimmy Kalinek is ready to help you discover the......

Outfitter offering sport hunts for trophy Dall’s sheep, Alaska/Yukon Moose, Mountain Caribou. We ensure that every detail of the hunt......

Specializing in polar bear and muskox hunts for up to four people from traditional camp near Tuktoyaktuk. Also providing scenic......

Call us about our exciting year-round packages and experience the best of the Dehcho region and Denendeh....

Boat tours of the Mackenzie River Delta from Inuvik to Aklavik, Red Mountain and Husky Channel. Contact us for more......

We offer: Nature and wildlife viewing Snowmobile tours Fishing tours Boat tours Polar bear and muskox hunts. Contact us for......

Family owned and operated tour company specializing in Arctic expedition cruising....