In order to maintain the park's wilderness character, and to reduce overcrowding problems at the Virginia Falls Campground, a mandatory park reservation system has been implemented.
All visitors to Nahanni National Park Reserve who intend to camp at Virginia Falls must have a reservation. Because the campground at Virginia Falls has a limited carrying capacity, there is a maximum two-night stay and group size is limited to a maximum of 12 people. Reservations are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To improve your chances of securing your preferred dates, it is recommended that you make your reservation as early as possible.
Your reservation date is the date that you expect to arrive at Virginia Falls.
Day users at Virginia Falls are not required to make a reservation. However, a $24.50 per person day-use fee (Canadian funds) must be paid. There is a collection box located at the information kiosk at Virginia Falls.
How to Make a Reservation
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Complete the Reservation Request Form , Members List Form and Emergency Contact and Equipment List Form , and either mail, phone or fax the information to the park office . A park use fee of $147.20 per person (Canadian funds) applies to all overnight visitors to Nahanni National Park Reserve. The park-use fee must be paid in order to secure a reservation. The fee also applies to those groups who do not plan to camp overnight at Virginia Falls. The trip leader will receive confirmation by mail along with one (in the interest of reducing waste) water-resistant river guide once your fee payment has cleared. Additional water-resistant river guides are available for a fee of $5.00 (Canadian funds) per guide.
Your reservation date is the date you expect to be at Virginia Falls. Once confirmed, you must ensure you adhere to the date. If you arrive at Virginia Falls before or after your reservation date, you may find that there is no space available. To help estimate how long it will take to reach Virginia Falls from your starting location, you should allow:
- 2-3 days paddling time if starting from Rabbitkettle Lake
- 6-7 days paddling time if starting from Island Lakes
- 10 days paddling time if starting from the Mooseponds
Remember that exact times will vary widely depending on the speed of the current, the weather, the amount of off-river hiking your group participates in, etc.
If you cancel your reservation prior to March 31, then 50% of your reservation fee is refundable upon request. However, cancellations after March 31 are non-refundable. If you must cancel your trip for some reason, you may defer your reservation to the following year.
A Note on User Fees
Park-use fees help offset the costs of delivering services to park visitors. The revenues are retained and re-invested into the national park system.