Update December 30, 2009:
Several participants suggested that the best way to experience Nahanni is through self-propelled efforts. Some new activities, such as horseback riding and new hiking trails, were suggested. A Product Development Specialist will be at starting in NNPR in January and will be exploring potential new visitor experiences. Objectives related to enhancing the visitor experience are described in the Key Strategy: Naha Dehé, A gift to be Shared and in the Area Management Approaches for Gahnįhthah (Rabbitkettle Area), Naįlįcho (Virginia Falls) and the Expansion Area. This topic also generated discussion on the appropriateness of plane and helicopter access. For more information, about the proposed direction for managing air access in the park, please see the Air Access Fact Sheet.
Original question (posted November 23, 2009):
Currently, visitors to the park primarily experience the Nahanni landscape by canoeing, rafting or kayaking down the Nahanni River or flying into Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls). Park expansion has brought new possibilities, including hiking and rock climbing. How would you like to experience Nahanni? What ideas do you have for how Nahanni can be experienced? What opportunities for in-person visits could be developed?
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lynx Comment 8
2:22am, 18 December 2009
The creation of a national park always increases visitation to an area, and not only of people with plenty of time and strong muscles. I strongly support the concept of regulated motorized (air) access. But fact is that many visitors come for a day trip by plane. Why not offering some basic logistical support for those who like to spend at least 1-2 nights at key points such as Virginia Falls? For example a boat service across the river to access the Sunblood Mountain trial or guided hikes for the less experienced? I believe this would fill the gap between fly-in day-trippers and 2-3 week paddlers/climbers and encourage more people to spend at least some days in the park.