A preserved area in the Northwest Territories, Nahanni National Park Reserve is an off-the-beaten-path wonder of geographical diversity and awe-inducing nature. A natural starting point is the visitor's center in the small town of Fort Simpson, after which you can prepare to engage the Canadian wilderness in all its splendor. From limestone caverns to sulphur hot springs to the four canyons over 3,000 feet deep through which the South Nahanni River flows, there are no shortage of adventures.
That being said, you'll want to see Virginia Falls, which, at 90 meters (295 feet), are twice the height of Niagara Falls. Camping is available here, although reservations are highly recommended (and highly expensive- about $150 USD a night) due to its popularity. Hit up the four whitewater-rich canyons of the South Nahanni River from here, although if you plan to go without a guide you need to a) be highly experienced and b) again, make reservations.
Hikes here are true forays into wilderness, and depending on the time of year, can be conducted by daylight at one in the morning or on top of feet of snow. Highlights include the unique Tufa Mounds (massive deposits created by geothermal heat) from Rabbitkettle Lake, the treks up Nahanni Butte (Tthenaago) and the Tlogotsho Plateau, and even heli-hiking into the otherwise inaccessible Mackenzie mountain range for a truly one-of-a-kind nature experience. There are any number of guided tours that will allow you to enjoy this massive and varied ecosystem (including 322 km/200 miles of river), so we suggest you save yourself the headache and reserve time to enjoy real untouched wilderness.