Nahanni National Park Reserve

Journey with the spirits of the Dehcho. Paddle through Canada’s deepest river canyons.  Fly Nahʔą Dehé with a legendary northern pilot. Breathe the mist of Náįlįcho. Find your Nahanni.


Contact Name: 
Nahanni National Park Reserve
Primary Phone Number:
(867) 695-7750
Fax Number:
(867) 695-2446
PO Box 348
Fort Simpson, NT

Nahanni National Park Reserve, one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is an iconic attraction of the Northwest Territories. Virginia Falls, twice the height of Niagara Falls, are simply spectacular. Other key features of the park include Tufa Mounds and four dramatic canyons which line the South Nahanni River, centrepiece of the park.

Campgrounds and Cabins
Nahanni is remote wilderness. Basic facilities are located at key sites in the park reserve. The majority of campsites for river travellers have no facilities.The main visitor season for Nahanni National Park Reserve is mid-June to mid-September with the peak in July and August. Reservations are required for river trips in the park reserve and should be made well in advance due to popular demand. Registration through the Nahanni National Park Reserve Adminstration office in Fort Simpson is required prior to entering the park. For all overnight visits, at any time of the year, de-registration is mandatory at the end of each trip.Nahanni staff are located at Virginia Falls and Rabbitkettle Lake during the summer operating season. Although exact dates vary from year to year staff are generally present at these locations between July 1 and August 31. The Nahanni National Park Reserve Administration office in Fort Simpson is the best place for information about visiting the park reserve. Office Hours:Summer (June 15 - September 15) Daily8 a.m. - 12 noon1 p.m. - 5 p.m.Winter (September 15 - June 15)Monday to Friday (Closed weekends)8:30 a.m. - 12 noon1 p.m. - 5 p.m.A Duty Officer is on call 24 hours daily between June 15 and September 15. The Duty Officer carries a radio phone and monitors the park radio. Phone: (867) 695-3732. The Village of Fort Simpson Visitor Information Centre as well as Blackstone Territorial Park feature displays about the natural and cultural heritage of the Nahanni area.
Parks & Camping
Park staff guide day visitors, mostly along boardwalk, to view and learn about the Virginia Falls area and for river paddlers to Rabbitkettle Tufa Mounds. Almost all other hiking in Nahanni is on un-maintained routes. Contact the park reserve for more information. The South Nahanni and Flat rivers offer world-famous whitewater paddling. Because of the difficulty of these big, northern rivers, contact the Nahanni National Park Reserve Adminstration office to be sure that you have the skills, experience and equipment necessary for a safe journey. Parks Canada licensed outfitters offer guided trips for less experienced visitors.Campfire programs and cultural demonstrations at Virginia Falls interpret local Aboriginal heritage to river paddlers.