The South Nahanni River is a tributary of the Liard River, which is a tributary in turn of the mighty Mackenzie River.
In July 2007 a group of friends paddled one of Canada's legendary rivers. Referred to as the "dangerous river" by R. M. Patterson, it is a rivers steeped in history and unique geographical features. The Nahanni was a river long before the mountains rose out of the Devonian plain. Typical of plains rivers it meanders its way through the landscape, unlike other mountain rivers which race in a straight line down the valley. As the mountains rose around it, the Nahanni maintained its meandering course by entrenching its way through the rising rock.
I wrote the song, "River of Gold, River of Dreams" to honour our trip and the amazing river and its peoples.