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About Fort Smith

Fort Smith (Chipewyan language: Thebacha "beside the rapids") is a town in the South Slave Region of the Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada. It is located in the southeastern portion of the Northwest Territories, next to the Slave River and one of the main gateways to Wood Buffalo National Park!

Life inFort Smith is steeped in history, beauty and adventure. Our rapids along the Slave River are world class, our Dark Sky Preserve is the largest on Earth and Wood Buffalo National Park is thriving with unique wildlife, such as the protected and majestic whooping crane. The people are friendly and their culture is strong.

In summer the land abounds with birds, fish and animals. The trails are endless, and fences are rare. In winter it becomes a peaceful oasis of sparkling snow, clear skies and Northern lights.

Whether you're here for a short or a long while, we're happy to welcome you to unexpected, unforgettable Fort Smith.