Built around 1880, this single-storey log church, complete with a gable roof and wooden steeple, is one of the oldest standing buildings in the Northwest Territories. It is located on the former Hudson’s Bay lot in the historic centre of the community. The dovetailed log structure is an excellent example of the building style of the time.
Towering 400 metres above Tulita, sacred Bear Rock is said to be where Yamoria, the great law-giver of Dene lore, confronted a gang of giant beavers that had been drowning hunters. Yamoria killed three of the beavers and draped their vast pelts on Bear Rock – forming three dark circles that distinguish the mountain to this day. Hikers can follow a trail to the summit of the peak, where they’ll find a scenic lookout.
Naats’ihch’oh National Park Reserve is in the ancestral homeland of the Shuhtaot’ine (Mountain Dene). The Park is a place where the Sahtu Dene and Metis culture and nature are intertwined. It is a place where traditions continue. Whether it is caribou, the dense population of grizzly bears, or the northernmost population of mountain goats – plants and animals thrive here. The Park boundaries extend to the Yukon barder in the west and the Nahanni National Park Reserve to the south. Waters in the Park flow into two watersheds – Begaadee (Keele River) and Tehjeh Dee (South Nahanni River).
The journey to the Park is unforgettable. As you fly over jagged peaks, you get a bird’s eye view of river valley bursting with green against the grey, red and orange of the mountains. On the ground, and with the plane gone, the sounds of the land – a creek flowing into a lake, birds flitting around – bringing a calmness and peace. Time stands still and you are immersed in true solitude. Visitors may trek for days in any direction through long mountain views, or paddle the wild headwaters of one of the Park’s many rivers. Guided trips with licensed outfitters are available, and local guides can tune visitors’ ears to the music that these mountains keep.
Paddlers can tackle Tehjeh Dee’s (the South Nahanni’s) “rock garden,” featuring 50 km of continuous rapids, or try the less technical Piip’eneh Leetoo Dee (Broken Skull River), or put in on the Tuoch’ee Tue (O’Grady Lake – in the Park) to descend Tuoch’ee Dee/Begaadee (Natla/Keele – out of the Park).
Two Rivers Trail [Trans Canada Trail] is a new greenway that links the Bear River Campground to the town centre along the Mackenzie River, offering majestic views while providing a safe pedestrian route for visitors and locals. This new trail, built by local craftspeople, also brings outdoor enthusiasts to local heritage sites and guided tours.