The Nahanni watershed has been recognized as a place of value for millenia. A place of nourishment, shelter and spiritual significance, the Nahanni region has been home to the Dene for thousands of years. Since contact with Europeans, a new set of values lured people into the Nahanni country. Europeans arriving in the early 1800s recognized the uncharted territory as a place of potential wealth.
Standing at the edge of the Nailicho (Virginia Falls) on the South Nahanni River it is easy to understand the formation of Fourth Canyon and it’s colourful walls that line the river below the Falls. The power of the Nahanni is immediately evident amongst the spray and towering rock formations and it is hard to believe that the precipice does not crumble faster.
Nahanni is an evocative word. For many Canadians, whether you paddle or not, this word summons images of the renowned Nailicho (Virginia Falls), of towering mountains, and a kingdom of canyons. The word has become synonymous with adventure and wilderness. It is one of the finest representations of natural beauty in Canada.