Fort Smith

Nestled in the boreal forest along the banks of the mighty Slave River, Fort Smith is a friendly, multicultural community with a population of 2,500.

Equal parts Métis, First Nations and non-indigenous, this friendly, historic town was once the NWT’s front door: All northbound river travellers passed through here while portaging the Slave River Rapids. These days, visitors arrive by scenic Hwy 5, to tour sprawling Wood Buffalo National Park, paddle (or peer at white pelicans) in the Slave’s foaming whitewater, walk or cycle the riverfront Thebacha Trail, and check out museums, gift shops and historic sites.

Population

2,450

Did you know

Fort Smith is known in the Chipewyan language as Thebacha “Beside the rapids”.

Rapids of the Drowned

Fort smith is home to the Rapids of the Drowned, the northernmost pelican nesting site in the world.

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Places to Stay

Aurora Guest House

1-867-872-2337

Whooping Crane Guest House

1-867-872-3426
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Axe Handle Guest House

1-867-872-2040

Wilderness Edge Guest House

1-867-872-4819

Getting Around

Border Cabs

1-867-872-5555

Duck Soup Cabs

1-867-872-4747

Portage Cabs

1-867-872-3333

Visa Truck Rentals

1-867-872-5121
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