Virginia Falls (Northwest Territories)

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Virginia Falls
Nailicho
Virginia Falls, Northwest Territories.jpg
Virginia Falls (Northwest Territories) is located in Canada
Virginia Falls (Northwest Territories)
Location in Canada
Location Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories, Canada
Coordinates 61°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
Type Segmented
Elevation 500 m (1,600 ft)
Total height 96 m (315 ft)
Number of drops 1
Average width 259 m (850 ft)
Watercourse South Nahanni River
Average
flow rate
1,000 m3/s (35,000 cu ft/s)
World height ranking 860

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.

References[edit]

  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.