For outdoor enthusiasts, there isn’t a better way to travel to Fort Smith than by canoe. Canada’s innumerable lakes and rivers allow paddlers to travel from one place to another, often solely by water. Fort Smith is no exception, with its location on the banks of the Slave River.
The Slave River flows north from its origins in the Peace-Athabasca Delta in northeastern Alberta. Paddlers can access the Slave River by following the tributaries to the Peace-Athabasca Delta, including the Peace River and Athabasca River.
From Fort Smith, the Slave River continues north, emptying into Great Slave Lake. The only barrier to paddling the entire Slave River, from the Peace-Athabasca Delta to Fort Resolution, and continuing on to the Arctic Ocean via Great Slave Lake and the Mackenzie River, are the four sets of rapids on the Slave River, by which Fort Smith is located.
If you are an experienced paddler but have travelled to Fort Smith by other means and are interested in getting out on the river for a brief adventure, please contact the Fort Smith Paddling Club.