Seven Wonders of Canada
Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada protects a portion of the Mackenzie Mountains Natural Region. We received many nominations for aspects of this terrific park – like the South Nahanni River, Virginia Falls, the sulphur hotsprings, and abundant wildlife. The park was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1978.
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It has canyons that are 3,000 feet high, a waterfall that is twice as high as Niagara Falls, hotspings and an amazing terraced calcium deposit, a gigantic whirlpool, incredible wildlfe, caves that hold fossils from eons ago and unusual karst typography. The river and the surrounding area also has a fascinating history which has resulted in an intriguing mythology with place names such as Headless Valley, Funeral (mountain) Range and the Cirque of the Unclimbables…. It truly is a wonder of the world - not just a Canadian wonder.
The Nahanni is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of all the northern rivers I have paddled the Nahanni has the most awesome scenery.... mountains, canyons, rapids, Virginia Falls, fantastic hiking, hot springs and an interesting human history.
Nahanni Park is one of the wonders of the world (let alone Canada)! It is remote and pristine. The mountain cliffs soar hundreds of feet above the South Nahanni River and the effect is of a cathedral within which you are worshipping the immensity of nature. The tranquility is inspiring. The silence is broken only by the river and by wildlife. Sadly it is too remote for frequent visits but the remoteness is what ensures the serenity will survive.
This unspoiled wilderness beauty in the Northwest Territories is what I think of whenever I hear the words "True North strong and free." Nahanni is truly the heart and soul of what Canadians believe our country to be.
Nahanni… it's an enduring symbol of so much of what is so valuable about Canada - a pristine setting, the power of Nature, clean water, the vast north.