Designation

Bonnet Plume River

Why Was the River Designated?

The 350-km long Bonnet Plume was designated as a Canadian Heritage River in 1998. Its outstanding natural features include slip faults, rock glaciers, aretes, cirques and moraines, which reflect a geological history extending back to the Late Pre-Cambrian period. Also significant for its human history, the Bonnet Plume has supported the subsistence activities of the Tetlit Gwich’in of the Northwest Territories (NWT) and the Nacho N ‘y’ ak Dun First Nation of the Yukon for centuries. This traditional use of the valley’s resources continues today. The river also offers outstanding wilderness recreation opportunities..