Visit world-renowned Nahanni National Park and Viriginia Falls on this 2 day sightseeing air tour from Yellowknife. Nahanni National Park and spectacular Virginia Falls are one of the “must see” destinations in Canada’s Northwest Territories. This two day trip starts in Yellowknife and includes an overnight in Fort Simpson, gateway to the park, and a guided air and ground tour of the park and Virginia Falls, which are twice as high as Niagara.
You will be flying on a floatplane, taking off from the shore of the Mackenzie River in Fort Simpson at the Simpson Air float plane base. Either a Cessna 206 or a DeHavilland Beaver will take you through First, Second and Third Canyons along the South Nahanni River. En route your pilot will share the legends associated with Deadmen Valley, Headless Range, Funeral Range, Death Lake and Crash Lake. Keep an eye out for Dall’s sheep and mountain caribou racing over the slopes below.
You will land on the South Nahanni River at the top of Virginia Falls. Whitewater plunging 92 metres into the Painted Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight and sound. A great tower of rock sits squarely in the middle defying the force of nature. The Dene people believe the rock to be the spirit of Naha, a notorious tribe of mountain warriors.
Follow along the top of the falls and the Sluice Box to picturesque photo locations, or you can follow the portage trail to the bottom of the falls to experience the power of this spectacular natural wonder. On the return trip you’ll fly over the Nahanni Plateau and Ram River Canyons. A short stop at Little Doctor Lake and the Nahanni Mountain Lodge will allow you to relax on the sand beach or swim in the quiet lake, take photographs of the scenery, the birds or wildlife nearby before returning to Fort Simpson.