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.
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.