THE GATE

The Gate


Dr. Bondar talks about making this image:


Location of Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Nahanni National Park Reserve LINK

UNESCO World Heritage Site LINK


The Gate is a River Biome with cliff and canyon ecosystems that cut through bedrock along the Continental Divide between the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Here is “The Gate” — a point at which the Nahanni River makes a 90° turn at the end of one canyon and the opening of another. Iron-streaked canyon walls are visible.

Nahanni National Park is all about deep wilderness rivers that have cut canyons of every size through entire mountain ranges. These river canyons are the deepest in the country with cascades aplenty for white water enthusiasts.

There are eye-popping waterfalls — one, nearly twice the height of Niagara. There are complex cave systems, hot springs, and plateaus for trekking. There are botanical surprises of plants from wild cherries to roses that live where soils do not freeze. And, in a park almost the size of Switzerland, where there are peaks named The Unclimbables and Vampire Peaks, you know Nahanni is also an alpine mountaineer’s paradise.

BIODIVERSITY CANADA’s Lakes and Rivers Biome resource


Northwest Territories Flag

YES! This is the Northwest Territories’ Flag… but are you up for a quick quiz about the Northwest Territories’ other official symbols?


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