Mackenzie, Northern Territory, Canada
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This waterfall has been confirmed by the World Waterfall Database, has been mapped and its height has been approximated but exact measurements have not yet been confirmed.
HISTORY AND NAMES
- Also Known as: Na'ili Cho, Mahoney Falls
- Virginia Falls is the Official name of this waterfall
The name Na'ili Cho means "big water falling down" in the native language of the Dene, the indigenous inhabitants of the area. The name Virginia Falls is derived from Virginia Hunter, daughter of Fenley Hunter, who explored the region in 1928 for the Geological Survey of Canada. The name Mahoney Falls came from early settlers of the Yukon, but was never in common use to the best of our knowledge.
The scale of this waterfall compares favorably with other giants of the waterfall world and the remoteness of this waterfall is the only reason Virginia Falls doesn't reside amongst the global giants in terms of notoriety. The World Waterfall Database isn't the only agency to regard these falls as globally important, the falls were recognized as one of the first four locations to be designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in the late 1970s.
Location and directions
The only feasible means of visiting the park is by chartering a flight from either Fort Simpson or Fort Liard on a float plane. There is a waterdrome just above the falls. From this point, the falls are a short hike south.
|Virginia Falls is shown in the center. Additional nearby waterfalls (if any) can be found in the list below.|
Virginia Falls is a massive waterfall that has a tremendous volume of water. The broad canyon is well lit and shots from both ground and air will capture this magnificent waterfall. The falls face southeast in a deep canyon. Early morning and late afternoon might be troublesome for shadows, but the falls should be evenly lit for most of the day.
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