Virginia Falls (Northwest Territories)

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Virginia Falls
Virginia Falls, Northwest Territories.jpg
Virginia Falls (Northwest Territories) is located in Canada
Virginia Falls (Northwest Territories)
Location in Canada
LocationNahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories, Canada
Coordinates61°36′26″N 125°44′12″W / 61.60722°N 125.73667°W / 61.60722; -125.73667Coordinates: 61°36′26″N 125°44′12″W / 61.60722°N 125.73667°W / 61.60722; -125.73667
Elevation500 m (1,600 ft)
Total height96 m (315 ft)
Number of drops1
Average width259 m (850 ft)
WatercourseSouth Nahanni River
flow rate
1,000 m3/s (35,000 cu ft/s)
World height ranking860

Virginia Falls (Slavey: Nailicho[1]) is a waterfall in Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories, Canada. It is located on the South Nahanni River, at an elevation of 500 m (1,600 ft).[2] It is located 120 kilometres (76 miles) from the Yukon border.[3]

A view of the falls from the river below.

It has a total drop of 96 m (315 ft),[4] making it about twice the height of Niagara Falls. It consists of a single drop with an average width of 259 m (850 ft). The rock in the centre of the falls is called Mason's Rock, named after Bill Mason, the famous Canadian canoeist, author, and filmmaker.[5]

The Virginia Falls Water Aerodrome is close by.


  1. ^ Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada
  2. ^ World Waterfall Database: Virginia Falls
  3. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica. "Virginia Falls". Encyclopædia Britannica.
  4. ^ Scheffel, Richard L.; Wernet, Susan J., eds. (1980). Natural Wonders of the World. United States of America: Reader's Digest Association, Inc. p. 405. ISBN 0-89577-087-3.
  5. ^ LIFE, The Editors of (2016-09-02). LIFE Paradise Found: 100 Places - Beautiful Beyond Belief. Time Inc. Books. ISBN 9781683305606.