The Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories boasts a dramatic landscape of deep canyons and waterfalls, but also a very personal connection to one of Canada’s iconic families. In 2003, Justin Trudeau paddled his father’s famous canoe route down the spectacular Nahanni River. After his wilderness expedition in the 1970s, Pierre Trudeau championed the creation of the Nahanni National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The current and former Prime Minister may have had an emotional bond to this remote waterway but their right to canoe and access these wild waters is not as guaranteed as it once was.
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