The Region


The PRW is one of the largest and most beautiful, intact wilderness areas left on the planet.

Spanning nearly 68,000 square kilometers (16 million acres) in northern Yukon, the Peel Watershed flows north through the rugged Ogilvie mountain range and into the Arctic Circle.  From there it crosses into the Northwest Territories where it connects with the Mackenzie River before draining out into Beaufort Sea.

A spectacularly weathered region, the watershed is defined by six major tributaries—the Ogilvie, Blackstone, Hart, Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume rivers—which connect into the Peel. As a result of its remoteness, the PRW has been allowed to remain one of the most striking mountain river ecosystems in North America and an important cultural heart for many First Nations in Yukon and Northwest Territories.