Everyone has heard of Jasper and Banff National Parks here in our own backyard, but what of the other 46 National Parks? A virtual pivot for TELUS World of Science Edmonton this past year allowed us to introduce experts and bring content from further afield to students in our province. One exciting partnership was developed with Park Canada’s Southwest NWT Field Unit, which encompasses four of our National Parks.
Today we discover the Thaidene Nené National Park (TDN) Reserve, the newest National Park in Canada located just East of Yellowknife, with Melissa Beaujot. Melissa is a is a Geomatics Technician for the Southwest NWT Field Unit of Parks Canada. As a specialist in imagery from above (be it from satellites or planes), Melissa gives us an incredible perspective on this National Park, whose name means ‘Land of the Ancestors’ in Dënesųłiné Yati.
Thaidene Nené National Park Reserve
The landscape in TDN is so unique! I love seeing the park from above because it allows me to create better maps by understanding all the landscape features and how they fit together. It also gives me a better sense of scale to see it from above – for example – some of the lakes in the park look so small on a paper map but once you fly over them they are actually HUGE; this helps me to really appreciate the importance of mapping this vast and beautiful area.
There are no roads in Thaidene Nené so the only way to access the park is by boat or plane. In the summer we take a floatplane that lands on the water and in the winter the plane has skis and we land right on the ice!
For more information about Thaidene Nené, please visit: www.pc.gc.ca/thaidene-nene.