North Nahanni Naturalist Lodge

The Setting

North Nahanni Naturalist Lodge netled in the Mackenzie Mountains

North Nahanni Naturalist Lodge

North Nahanni Naturalist Lodge is located in the Greater Nahanni Ecoystem. The lodge location borders the proposed expansion of the Nahanni National Park Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests of the lodge have an opportunity to take flightseeing tours to the park by floatplane or helicopter. The typical tour includes a stopover and hiking excursion at Virginia Falls on the South Nahanni River and flyovers of other points of interest such as the Ram Plateau and Ram River canyons. Additional locations can be added to the tour, for example, guests can stop at Glacier Lake and marvel at the Cirque of the Unclimbables. It is a magnificent tower of rock in the Ragged Range, where glaciers are still visible. Stopovers at the Ram Plateau or Nahanni Karstlands can also be arranged.

Mountains and Forests around North Nahanni Naturalist Lodge

North Nahanni Naturalist Lodge

North Nahanni Naturalist Lodge is in an area of mountains, plateaus, deep canyons, boreal forest and alpine tundra. This is home to Dall's sheep, mountain goats, woodland caribou, moose, black bears, grizzly bears and wolves. Wolverine, weasels, martens and snowshoe hares are also native to the area. Terns, falcons, bald eagles, golden eagles and the endangered trumpeter swan nest in the protected hills and lakes around the lodge. There is an abundance of small birds, raptors and waterfowl. Our guests frequently encounter moose swimming by the lodge, feeding on the tall grasses at the end of the lake or grazing on the willows behind the lodge. Beavers are busy in the creek. Occasionally, a pair of beautiful white trumpeter swans grace us with their presence. In the evening, the loons call under the watchful eyes of nesting eagles.

North Nahanni Naturalist Lodge netled in the Mackenzie Mountains

Terry Parker NWTT

White spruce and trembling aspen cloak our valleys. Jack pine, birch and black spruce cover the hillsides. Wild rivers flow through winding valleys and canyons and fill the air with their heady sounds and fresh scents.

To the south lodge lies the Nahanni Karst. This is one of the most remarkable and unique limestone formations in the world. It features rare caves, sinkholes, polja, underground rivers and springs, sealed lakes, dolines, alvars and towers and arches - all caused by water action on the abundant limestone rock.

To the west lies the Ram Plateau. This flat plateau is surrounded by massive and scenic canyons 1200 to 1800 meters (over a mile) deep.

The Nahanni Karst and the Ram Plateau are considered to be globally significant areas. Both of these unprotected areas will soon become part of the Nahanni National Park Reserve.

The people of Dehcho have chosen to protect critical areas before developing the region's abundant resources. The greatest resources we currently have to offer are world class scenery and a travel destination rich with cultural and other experiences.