An exotic vacation may bring visions of travel outside Canada, but if you’re looking for a destination with a difference – somewhere off the beaten path – look north. The South Nahanni River thunders over Virginia Falls and snow-capped peaks soar from canyon bases to the Cirque of the Unclimbables. Fly in or follow the river to Glacier Lake and its impossibly glassy surface.
Deep in the 30,000 square kilometres of the Nahanni National Park Reserve legends feed inspiration for locals and travellers. This UNESCO World Heritage Site combines the nature and the culture of the Dehcho First Nations and pioneers woven in granite spires, plateaus and wilderness. It is deeply rooted in the history of the Dene who engaged with nature and followed migratory patterns of animals. Many traditions are celebrated today and visitors are welcome to join in.
Flight-seeing tours take visitors by charter plane over Virginia Falls, twice the height of Niagara Falls, and ascend over the iconic peaks of the Ragged Range. Passengers can keep an eye out for wildlife while a landing at Glacier Lake allows a rest beside pristine waters.
Hikers, canoers and fishing enthusiasts have a few options to start targeted adventures and Leah or Colin Keats can help find the best tour operators. Or choose a once in a lifetime experience with an aurora-borealis hunting trip or a boat trip on the mighty Mackenzie River.