Great Canadian Parks / Yukon Territory

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The Parks / Yukon Territory / Ivvavik National Park



 


 

The remote and frigid Firth River, the centrepiece of the park, is navigable for only the 130 kilometres between Lake Margaret, where there is floatplane access, and Nanaluk Spit on the Beauport Sea. About 100 people each summer come to enjoy white water rafting, some to brave the class III and IV rapids, strong eddies and 45 kilometres of canyon where only limited rescue assistance is possible. Class IV rafting is suitable only for advanced paddlers in closed canoes and white water boats. Possibly Canada's first watercourse, since it was not formed by glaciation, it cuts across a landscape of breathtaking beauty and exceptional diversity. Traveling the river is an ideal way to observe wildlife in a natural habitat, experience 24-hour daylight and find, in the exposed rock of canyon walls, the fossilized remains of warm-water animals trapped in layers of shale and limestone formed between 580 and 380 million years ago.

 

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