Great Canadian Parks / Northwest Territories

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The Parks / Northwest Territories / Nahanni National Park Reserve



 

Animals along the lower section of the river are a rare sight and generally, paddlers are moving too quickly to really get a good look at anything that happens to be nibbling at a salt lick or bush at rivers edge. Outside the park boundary, the South Nahanni begins at The Moose Ponds, an excellent habitat for moose and beaver. Much of the river between Rabbitkettle Lake and Virginia Falls and many of the small lakes located in the mountain passes is also suitable wildlife habitat. If you climb into the sub-alpine, you will find caribou, mule deer and whitetail deer. The alpine meadows and steep cliffs are the domain of mountain goats and Dall sheep. Tlogotsho Plateau is a sheep lambing ground just south of Deadmen Valley.

 

While grizzly bears are not common, black bears are often observed, an important fact to remember when camping along the river or in the backcountry.

 

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