Fort Simpson

Fort Simpson

Łíídlı Kųę – “Place where rivers come together”

Population: 1,244

The Dehcho’s friendly regional centre perches at the confluence of the big Liard River and the even-more-massive Mackenzie. Many visitors come en route to Nahanni National Park Reserve or surrounding mountains, but those who remain in town will stay plenty busy – at riverfront heritage sites, the nine-hole golf course, or among intriguing exhibits at the visitor centre. Access is via air or Highway 1 (except when breakup and freeze-up halt ferry and ice-road service across the Liard). 

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Intriguing tales from Canada's Northwest Territories

150th Birthday Celebrations in Historic Fort Simpson

Touch the Arctic Tours

Time travel, thousands of years, to the very spot, to the ‘gathering place’ of Canada’s First Peoples. Experience the Dene traditional ‘Annual Spring Gathering’ on the historical site that links past to present– from June 29th to July 9, 2017 . Read more

Air Tindi

Air Tindi is an airline company based in Yellowknife offering scheduled flights to a number of NWT communities. We are able to assist our customers whether it be a city tour to getting paddlers to their dream... Read more

Nahanni Wild

At Nahanni Wild we outfit and guide canoe and raft trips on Canada's renowned South Nahanni River and a select offering of the finest mountain and tundra river trips across the North. Each of our adventures has been... Read more

Nahanni River Adventures

For over 30 years we have delivered guided natural history/wilderness adventures by canoe and raft. Our qualified and friendly guides are authorities on the Nahanni, Cirque of the Unclimbables and we maintain a low... Read more

North Nahanni Naturalist Lodge

Full service lodge located on Cli Lake 72 miles (115 km) west of Fort Simpson in the Nahanni Mountain Range. Fishing, hiking, birding, wildlife viewing, cultural activities, Aurora viewing and conferences. Access... Read more

Nahanni Shuttle Partnership

Nahanni Shuttle provides charter van shuttles from the Nahanni to Fort Simpson. Read more

Nahanni Mountain Lodge

Remote private wilderness paradise on Little Doctor Lake, 100 km west of Fort Simpson. Accommodates 20 in cabins. Fishing, swimming, canoeing. Satellite phone.  June 1 to September 30. Three months advanced booking... Read more

Fort Simpson Visitor Information Centre

The Fort Simpson Visitor Centre sells a selection of arts and crafts made by local artists of the Dehcho region. Stop by and see what we have! Read more

Simpson Air

Simpson Air (and its predecessor) is the oldest continuously-operated flying service in the Mackenzie Valley, established in the early 1960s. Air charters and flightseeing tours are our specialty. Read more

South Nahanni Airways

Charters to Nahanni National Park, Twin Otter in wheels, floats, and skies. Read more

Northwest Territories Parks

To truly experience the Northwest Territories, take your camping gear for a highway driving adventure! Long ribbons of road without traffic jams or urban clutter take you through vast landscapes with unrivaled vistas -... Read more

Wolverine Air (1988) Ltd.

Air charter service based in Fort Simpson, operating year-round service since 1972. Wheels, skis, floats. Nahanni National Park Reserve specialist. Flightseeing and self-guided canoeing, hiking and fishing trips. Read more

Shehtah Adventures

Call us about our exciting year-round packages and experience the best of the Dehcho region and Denendeh. Read more

Seven Spruce Golf Course

A full, 9-hole golf course with weekly dinner specials, rentals (golf clubs and carts) and a friendly atmosphere. Read more

Liidlii Kue First Nation

Liidlii Kue First Nation provides day and evening activities, in all seasons. Aurora viewing, cross country skiing, snowmobile tours, canoeing, community tours, hiking/packpacking, kayaking, motorized boat tours, and... Read more

The Willows Inn

Six room motel with private exterior entrance. Read more

Nahanni Inn Ltd.

Comfortable two-story Hotel located near the confluence of the Mackenzie and Liard Rivers in downtown Fort Simpson, 14 km from Fort Simpson Airport. Read more

Mackenzie Rest Inn

A beautifully appointed home with 6 guest rooms, overlooking the Mackenzie River in Fort Simpson. Your comfort is our business! Read more

Janor Guest House

Fort Simpson's best kept secret! A six-room guest house centrally located with ensuites and standard rooms and all amenities. Read more

Fort Simpson Territorial Park

This idyllic park overlooks the confluence of the Mackenzie and Liard rivers, yet is within walking distance of the centre of town. The adjoining Papal Site commemorates the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul ll.... Read more

Lindberg Landing

Comfortable Bed and Breakfast between Fort Simpson and Fort Liard on the Liard Highway (Hwy 7). Log house and two rustic cabins available. Read more

Maroda Motel

Comfortable motel in downtown Fort Simpson. Read more

North Nahanni Naturalist Lodge

Full service lodge located on Cli Lake 72 miles (115 km) west of Fort Simpson in the Nahanni Mountain Range. Fishing, hiking, birding, wildlife viewing, cultural activities, Aurora viewing and conferences. Access... Read more

South Nahanni Executive Suites

Lovely two bedroom suite across from the golf course. Read more

Nahanni Mountain Lodge

Remote private wilderness paradise on Little Doctor Lake, 100 km west of Fort Simpson. Accommodates 20 in cabins. Fishing, swimming, canoeing. Satellite phone.  June 1 to September 30. Three months advanced booking... Read more

Fort Simpson Gardens

Two apartments, accommodation for up to three persons in each, located on the second floor of a building at the heart of the community.   Read more

Dehcho Suites

Beautifully decorated accommodation in quiet private area of Fort Simpson, close to everything. Read more

CheckPoint Bed and Breakfast

Bed and breakfast in a convenient location. Read more

Fort Simpson Lodging

Single-story home offering four rooms for short, mid, and long-term rental at a fixed per-night rate. Please contact us for availability.  Read more

Northwest Territories Parks

To truly experience the Northwest Territories, take your camping gear for a highway driving adventure! Long ribbons of road without traffic jams or urban clutter take you through vast landscapes with unrivaled vistas -... Read more

Nahanni Inn Ltd.

Comfortable two-story Hotel located near the confluence of the Mackenzie and Liard Rivers in downtown Fort Simpson, 14 km from Fort Simpson Airport. Read more

Pandaville Restaurant

Coffee shop and licensed dining room with Chinese and Canadian menu. Read more

Ice Breaker Lounge

Enjoy a beverage and/or a meal in our comfortable lounge or outdoor patio. Pool tables, video games, and multiple large screen TVs have all the sports you would desire. Read more

The Papal Site

On the floodplain where the Liard River flows into the great Mackenzie, Pope John Paul II held mass for the Indigenous people of Canada nearly three decades ago. Thousands gathered as the world turned its eyes... Read more

Fort Simpson Territorial Park

This idyllic park overlooks the confluence of the Mackenzie and Liard rivers, yet is within walking distance of the centre of town. The adjoining Papal Site commemorates the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul ll.... Read more

Seven Spruce Golf Course

Within easy walking distance of downtown Fort Simpson, the Seven Spruce Golf Course in features rolling, grassy fairways and a laid-back vibe. Rent clubs and tackle the sun-soaked nine-hole course or put up your... Read more

Explore the Natural Wonders of Nahanni National Park

Nahanni National Park Reserve/ Naha Dehe is an outstanding example of northern adventure rivers, vast canyons, sheer granite spires and vast alpine plateaus. Dall’s sheep, mountain goats, woodland caribou, wolves,... Read more

McPherson House

Built in 1936, this one-and-a-half storey squared-log dwelling overlooks the Papal Flats in Fort Simpson. An excellent example of Metis architecture, it is located at the southern edge of the original... Read more

Ehdaa National Historic Site

On the flats at the southwestern end of Fort Simpson Island, for centuries Dene gathered at this site during their seasonal rounds to allocate land use, arrange marriages, resolve disputes, hold puberty rites... Read more

Lafferty House

​The Lafferty House is a one-and-a-half storey squared-log dwelling built circa 1929,  located at the north end of the village of Fort Simpson, close to the waterfront. It was built by the Laffertys, a proud... Read more

Albert Faille's Cabin

Legendary prospector Albert Faille spent his life hutning for gold in the Nahanni Mountains. Each spring from the 1950s until his death in 1973 he journeyed up the Liard and Nahanni rivers from his... Read more

The Papal Site

On September 20, 1987, on the flats where the Mackenzie and Liard Rivers flow together above Fort Simpson, as many as 4,000 people – mostly Dene – gathered to welcome Pope John Paul II. It was the first time any pope... Read more

DEHCHO OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT

June 21

Celebrate Aboriginal Day in Fort Simpson with some friendly competition at the Seven Spruces golf course. The event starts with canoe races. Call the golf course for more details. Read more

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

June 21

Territorial holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices for details. Read more

Canada 150: Celebrating Diversity and a Place of Gathering

June 30-July 9, 2017

Held in Fort Simpson at Edhaa National Historic Site of Canada (also known as the Papal Grounds where Pope John Paul II held mass in 1987). This beautiful site ioverlooks the grand confluence where the Mackenzie River... Read more

BEAVERTAIL JAMBOREE

March

A community winter festival in Fort Simpson featuring snowmobile races, traditional games, youth activities, talent shows, dances, sports and entertainment. Read more