Phase 1 – How do you want to experience Nahanni?

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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Seen Alot Comment 1

12:24pm, 1 December 2009

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hiking, rafting or horseback

Laani – Parks Canada Comment 1.1

Planner

2:26pm, 8 December 2009

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Horseback is popular in areas of the Yukon, however it is not as popular or practical in NWT, often due to access, terrain, bugs and available feed. Is there a particular area that you’re interested in exploring by the horse in the park?

sage Comment 1.2

1:37pm, 10 January 2010

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I’d like to visit Nahanni without going there at all, i.e. via a good video production. Same applies to other distant, sensitive places, like Galapagos.

boreal Comment 2

7:53pm, 1 December 2009

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Hiking and rafting. I want to experience Nahanni on its own natural terms, and practice “Leave No Trace” outdoor principles.

Bufflehead Comment 3

11:17pm, 1 December 2009

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I think the best way for people to experience the Nahanni is by the strength of their own body through canoeing/rafting, backpacking and climbing.

I think the Nahanni should maintain its remote feeling by limiting flights and group sizes. After spending several weeks in the peace of the river, it is disheartening to see fresh-faced (and clean) people strolling about at Virginia Falls for an afternoon or people who have flown into Glacier Lake in their private planes for the evening.

Jorge Comment 3.1

7:06am, 2 December 2009

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In line with this post, I believe that float plane and helicopter activity in the park should be restricted primarily to providing access to the backcountry for paddlers and trekkers rather than a form of sight seeing that contributes to noise pollution and potentially disrupts wildlife.

paulg3 Comment 3.2

5:37pm, 6 December 2009

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I agree the best way to experience Nahanni is through your own efforts.

I also agree that flights and group sizes should be limited to maintain remote feeling and limit wildlife perturbation. But I would include some allowance for sightseeing visitors at the falls and Glacier Lake. In the future I will eventually not be able to see Nahanni on my own power, but would like to think that it could be possible to visit it again. During my visit this summer, there was one sightseeing flight but otherwise the falls were quiet. Worked for us.

Laani – Parks Canada Comment 3.3

Planner

2:42pm, 8 December 2009

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As Nahanni is a remote wilderness park with limited road access, aircraft access is important in order to enable visitors to access the park. In two locations, day use and backcountry use intersect: Virginia Falls and Glacier Lake.

Maximum group sizes exist, as well as a registration system to coordinate use at Virginia Falls. Day trips to the park are an important element of the visitor offer. For some people a day trip is the only affordable, accessible means to visit the park.

Bufflehead Comment 3.3.1

9:01pm, 8 December 2009

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Flying anywhere for a day seems incredibly wasteful. There are issues such as climate change and peak oil that – despite the immense non-action of our Harper Government – need to be addressed and flying around willy-nilly for a day is not responsible behaviour. I don’t believe Harper’s half day visit to Virginia Falls could have been as remarkable as the visit people who have paddled there under their own strength have experienced.

RobinR Comment 3.4

7:24pm, 20 December 2009

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I agree with the first part but have to put a condition on that disagrees with the second part because I flew in to start my canoe trip. I then became the ‘fresh-faced’ person to others who had started higher up the river. If flights are too limited then we might have had trouble getting one as we were a group of two people and the priority of companies would be for larger groups.

Jorge Comment 4

7:01am, 2 December 2009

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I would like to experience Nahanni by canoe and hiking/trekking.

Jane Comment 5

7:11pm, 4 December 2009

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I have canoed the river –starting at the Moose Ponds but would love to be able to hike into other areas.

I do not want road access or any more flights than there are already but some trails ( rough is fine ) into the back country and to see the geologic wonders of the area

Laani – Parks Canada Comment 6

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2:49pm, 8 December 2009

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Over the next few years, the visitor offer for Nahanni will be examined, with new opportunities for activities, like hiking, being looked at in greater detail.

Laani – Parks Canada Comment 7

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2:49pm, 8 December 2009

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People have suggested the Ram Plateau as a great place for hiking. Are there any areas that you would be interested in?

Mzero Comment 7.1

4:57pm, 13 December 2009

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Tlogotsho Plateau, Death Lake

lynx Comment 8

2:22am, 18 December 2009

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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.