Nahanni Country Overview

  • Fort Simpson took its name from Thomas Simpson, the first governor of the merged Northwest Company and Hudson’s Bay Company.
  • Wrigley, located along the Mackenzie Highway, is still a traditional community of Dene First Nations people, most of whom still live off the land, in the way of their ancestors.
  • Nahanni National Park had a reputation for myth and adventure in the early 20th Century, when gold prospectors heard rumors of deposits and started arriving. Two brothers were found decapitated in the park, and stories of huge mountain men and fierce natives created many myths that are still spoken of today. Locations such as ‘Dead Man Valley’ and ‘Headless Creek’ got their names from this myth.
  • Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park is a place of spiritual power according to the Dene First Nations people.
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