West to Fort Simpson
Sambaa Deh Falls Territorial Park
Approximately 136 kilometers (84 miles) from the turn-off at Highway 3, the Mackenzie Highway reaches Sambaa Deh Falls on the Trout River. The falls are directly downstream from the road bridge and are easily accessible from the day-use area, on the other side of the road.
Here, the river is forced through a narrow gorge, exploding into the deep pond below. A one-kilometer (0.6-mile) trail upstream leads to a fossil-filled limestone outcrop.
The Sambaa Deh Falls Territorial Park has camping (showers, bug-proof cooking shelters, and well-maintained sites for $17 per night) and a Visitors Centre (daily 8 a.m.–8 p.m. mid-May–mid-Sept.) with a fossil display and TV room where nature videos are shown.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition