Nááts’ihch’oh, meaning “the mountain that’s sharp like a porcupine” is named for a spine-like peak long sacred to the region’s First Nations. Nááts’ihch’oh is the Northwest Territories’ newest national park, officially created in 2014 in collaboration with the Sahtu Dene. Tucked beside the Yukon border and Nahanni National Park Reserve, it comprises nearly 5,000 square kilometres of jagged alps, hushed lakes, rambunctious rivers, and creatures so wild they’ve never laid eyes on a human being.
For now, services in the park are minimal – and for most intrepid visitors, that’s a good thing. Here’s what’s best to do there: