Nahanni National Park (1978)

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Located along the South Nahanni River, one of the most spectacular wild rivers in North America, this park contains deep canyons and huge waterfalls, as well as a unique limestone cave system. The park is also home to animals of the boreal forest, such as wolves, grizzly bears and caribou. Dall's sheep and mountain goats are found in the park's alpine environment. 
  • Canada 1991. The Tundra Swan of Nahanni National Park. 

For the grizzly and the caribou, please see Kluane National Park and environments.  

Canada 1991. The Tundra Swan of Nahanni National Park.

The Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS) was established on January 18, 1984, by the parks agencies of federal, provincial and territorial governments to give national recognition to the important rivers of Canada and to conserve and interpret the best examples of this heritage. The South Nahanni is one of the world's greatest wild rivers, flowing 540 km southwest through the Mackenzie Mountains in the Northwest Territories. It provides the focus for Nahanni National Park Reserve and offers an outstanding wilderness experience by canoe, kayak, raft or those on foot who wish to travel its shores. 

Canada 1982. Rene Richard: "At the Great Slave Lake" (North Western Territories).

Canada 1984. Jean Paul Lemieux: "Landscape in North Western Territories".

The North West Territories can be divided into two broad geographical regions: The taiga is the boreal forest belt that circles the subarctic zone below the "treeline." The tundra is a rocky Arctic region where the cold climate has stunted vegetation. NWT includes Great Bear Lake (31,328 sq km, eighth largest in the world); Great Slave Lake (28,568 sq km, tenth largest in the world) and the Mackenzie River (4,241 km long, Canada's longest). 

The ancestors of the Dene Indian people lived in the Northwest Territories some 10,000 years ago, and were joined by the Inuit who are believed to have crossed the Bering Strait about 5,000 years ago. European expeditions in the 1570s were the first recorded visits to the Northwest Territories. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Canada (on this site). Inactive links are not described on stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section Canada for further information about such sites. 

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