Canyons of the Nahanni: Fourth Canyon

Start of Fourth Canyon from below Virginia Falls

Start of Fourth Canyon from below Virginia Falls

Why is it called Fourth Canyon? Early travellers began their river journey at Nahanni Butte and came upstream, and so they numbered the canyons as they encountered them. Each canyon has distinctive features. Here we have relatively solid limestone and wonderful colours in the rock.

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Limestone walls tower above us.

 

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The colourful rocks led to the name Painted Canyon.

 

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Forest, mountains, and painted walls.

 

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Fourth Canyon

Unlike the Grand Canyon, which began as a high plateau and was cut by the Colorado River, the Nahanni was here long before the mountains rose up around it.

Our reward at the end of this beautiful day? Grey skies and a wet campsite.

Camp above Clearwater Creek

Camp above Clearwater Creek: wet sand, ants and rain.

But the journey has just begun, and we’re a hardy bunch. Next post: Third Canyon.

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