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Discover Amazing Northwest Territories Camping at Nahanni National Park Reserve

Nahanni National Park Reserve is a beautiful rugged park located in the Dehcho Region of the Northwest Territories. The best known feature of the park is the South Nahanni River. The River is line by four massive canyons known as First, Second, Third and Fourth Canyon. At Virginia Falls, the river plunges 295 feet, more than twice the height of Naiagra Falls! Mason’s Rock, at the center of the falls, is a defiant spire of resistant rock that refuses to be taken down by the crushing waters of the river. Many rapids exist throughout the river, including the Sluice Box Rapids at the top of the falls to Figure Eight, Lafferty’s Riffle and George’s Riffle. The park is also home to alpine tundra, sulphur hot springs, mountains, and forests of spruce and aspen. The diversity of the land has led to a diversity of wildlife, from black and grizzly bears and wolves to moose and caribou to bats and beavers. Many bird and fish species can be found in the park, as well. With so many beautiful things to see and wonderful things to do, Nahanni National Park Reserve is a terrific Northwest Territories camping destination!

Weather in the Nahanni National Park Reserve is primarily cold continental. The mountainous terrain also adds to the unpredictability of the weather. Temperatures in June can very from anywhere between 32 degrees to 80 degrees. July and August are the warmest months with temperatures getting as high as 90 degrees. By the end of August, autumn begins to approach with frost common over night. Septemeber frequently sees freezing weather and ice forms on the river by October. Winter months are long, cold and snowy. When visiting the park, remember that temperatures can vary drastically and that snow is possible even in July. Temperatures decrease with elevation while precipitation increases. An entry fee is charged to enter the park and per person it costs CA$24.50. An annual pass costs $147.20 per person. An annual fishing permit costs $34.30.

Nahanni National Park Reserve is often thought of as Canada’s premier wilderness river national park. Whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing trips are the most popular activities in the park. Long range trips range from 10 days to 3 weeks. The difficulty of the whitewater means the use of a licensed outfitter is recommended for all but the most advanced whitewater rafters. Whitewater activities are open June through September. There are no formal hiking trails in the park, although heavy use has made the most popular trails easy to follow. Much of the hiking is accessible by boat off of the river. Fishing is allowed in all waters in the park, although there are limits on catches which depends on species. The park offers visitors a chance to really immerse themselves in nature, and with the summer night light, you can hike, paddle and explore even at 3 in the morning! Arctic nights are bright during the summer months. This rugged park is a terrific Northwest Territories camping destination!

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