Common menu bar links

Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada

What's New

Change in De-registration process at Nahanni National Park Reserve

3 people hiking Hiking
© Parks Canada

During the month of June, the South Nahanni River and Liard River experienced some abnormally high water levels. The high water levels caused the community of Nahanni Butte to flood and the community needed to be evacuated. The Nahanni National Park Reserve office in the community of Nahanni Butte has been closed until further notice and park operations have resumed in the Administration office in Fort Simpson.

While this office is closed please note your options for de-registering your trip.

Your de-registration date is the day that you anticipate contacting the park office to de-register. You can de-register your group in different ways depending on when and where you finish your trip:

  • De-register by telephone or in-person during regular office hours (Monday – Friday 08:30– 12:00, 13:00 – 17:00) at the park office in Fort Simpson. The phone number is (867) 695-7750 and the office is located at 10002 – 100 street, or
  • Between June 01 – September 30, 2012 you may de-register by telephone after regular office hours by calling the Duty Officer at (867) 695-3732.
Failing to de-register within 24 hours of this date will initiate a search response by park staff.

If there are any further changes park staff will contact you directly. If you have any questions or want to confirm your reservation please contact the Fort Simpson during office hours.

We look forward to your visit!


New Format – Tufa Mounds Guided Hike

aerial view of tufa mound Aerial view of Tufa Mound
© Parks Canada

 The Tufa Mounds guided hike at Rabbitkettle Lake will be taking on a different format for the 2011 visitor season at Nahanni National Park Reserve. 

This season’s Tufa Mounds hike will follow a trail to a lookout point on the bank of the Rabbitkettle River across from the tufa mounds. During the hike, you will be treated to information about the area, bears, and local plant life. From the lookout point, you will have the rare opportunity to touch and feel pieces of tufa, take photographs, and learn more about the unique geological processes and the spiritual significance of this special site.

Parks Canada strives to create a safe and memorable experience for all visitors. Visitor safety is of the utmost importance to us, and the Rabbitkettle Ferry Crossing will be closed for the 2011 visitor season pending a review of an upgraded or replaced crossing solution. To accommodate this work, no access will be permitted for walking on the tufa mounds for the summer of 2011.

We look forward to seeing you on the Tufa Mounds guided hike!

Water and moss Water and moss
©Parks Canada  

Nahanni into 2011: Extending our reach

Winter 2011

June 18, 2011 marks the two-year anniversary of the massive expansion of Nahʔą Dehé (Nahanni National Park Reserve) to 30,050km2 , fulfilling the shared vision of Parks Canada and Dehcho First Nations of protecting this spectacular watershed.

Included in the new portion of the park is the world-renowned climbing destination known as the Cirque of the Unclimbables and nearby glaciers of the Ragged Range, longer stretches of the South Nahanni and Flat rivers as well as sections of the Little Nahanni and Broken Skull rivers, and increased alpine habitat in the Ram, Nahanni & Tlogotsho plateau.

Wilderness adventure awaits you...

Celebrating 125 years of National Parks in Canada in the community of Nahanni Butte!

Summer 2010

In July 2010, Nahanni National Park Reserve celebrated 125 years of National Parks in Canada. It was also the one year anniversary of the 2009 expansion of Nahanni from under 5,000 km2 to over 30,050 km2, which gave extra cause to celebrate.

Canada Parks Day celebrations were held in Fort Simpson and the community of Nahanni Butte, also known by its traditional Dene name of Tthenáágó. Part of the traditional harvesting area of the Nahanni Butte Dene, Nahʔą Dehé (Nahanni) is revered as a place of mystery, spirituality and healing.

A fire ceremony in Nahanni Butte was led by Michael Cazon, Dene drummer, and Interpretation Officer for Parks Canada, with George Tsetso of Nahanni Butte. Parks staff and community members gave thanks for the combined effort of Parks Canada and Dehcho First Nations that resulted in successful park expansion. A barbeque was held after the ceremony in celebration.

Happy 125 years of National Parks in Canada!