VERY FEW PLACES IN THE WORLD are more wide open for adventure than in the Northwest Territories of Canada, with the epicenter at Nahanni National Park Reserve. Nahanni was one of the first areas declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1976 and its remoteness, wildlife, and almost mythical size (the park area is bigger than Switzerland; Virginia Falls is twice as high as Niagara) attract adventurers of all types.
On our trip, for example, I met everyone from a group of canoeists in the middle of an epic 4-month paddling expedition from Alaska to Hudson Bay, to summer tourists from around the world, to bush pilots, to the First Nations and frontiersmen who call the area home.
This aerial gallery, shot from the copilot’s seat on a beautiful 1948 Piston Beaver operated by the crew at Simpson Air, is the first of several forthcoming pieces at Matador. Stay tuned for forthcoming works dedicated to the landscape, history, and people of the Nahanni. Enjoy the ride.