Dehcho

Big mountains, big waters, big hearts 

Dehcho means “big river” – referring to the great Mackenzie, 1,600 kilometres long and as much as five kilometres wide, sluicing relentlessly toward the Arctic sea. Flanking the current: The foothills and spires of the Mackenzie Mountains are home to not one but two national park reserves, Nahanni and Nááts’ihch’oh – jewels in Canada’s crown and destinations on every paddler’s life-list. Despite all this wilderness, the Dehcho is within easy reach. For Alaska Highway roadtrippers, it’s a convenient, rustic sidetrip, free from long lines of RVs. The region is also accessible by air and road from Yellowknife. Moose, bison, and black bears ramble the dusty roadsides. And traditional villages thrive – outposts of Dene, Métis, traders, bush pilots and more, whose friendly faces and the low-key pace will pacify your soul.

Our Stories

Intriguing tales from Canada's Northwest Territories

The Nahanni Classic

Black Feather - The Wilderness Adventure Company

The two week Nahanni Classic trip is the most popular canoe expedition on the Nahanni River. The route follows the river from the old park boundary at Rabbitkettle Lake to Virginia Falls, through the spectacular canyons section to the Mackenzie Lowlands and the confluence of the Liard River. 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

Black Feather - The Wilderness Adventure Company

Guided wilderness canoeing, sea-kayaking and hiking adventures. Nahanni, Natla-Keele, Mountain, Coppermine, Hood Rivers. Photography, wilderness camping. Fully qualified guides, outfitted with top quality expedition... Read more

South Nahanni Outfitters Ltd.

Outfitting service in the Nahanni region, offering unique wilderness experiences in the mountains. Read more

The Willows Inn

Six room motel with private exterior entrance. 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 National Park Reserve

Journey with the spirits of the Dehcho. Paddle through Canada’s deepest river canyons.  Fly Nahʔą Dehé with a legendary northern pilot. Breathe the mist of Náįlįcho. Find your Nahanni.   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

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

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

First Air

Canada’s largest diverse airline with a reputation as the leading “Airline of the North.” Read more

Denendeh Development Corporation

The Denendeh Development Corporation is a private company, incorporated in 1982, to enable the Dene of Canada's Northwest Territories to share in the ownership of profitable businesses and to foster employment growth... 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

Nahanni Butte Outfitters Ltd.

Guided hunts for Dall's sheep, caribou, moose, mountain goat, black bear. Air access is from Fort Simpson. Read more

Acho Dene Native Crafts

Acho Dene Native Crafts is a collective of over 40 cottage producers living in the community produce the products sold by the store. These products are made using a blend of ancestral techniques and themes with... Read more

Sambaa K'e Fishing and Tourism Lodge

For 35 years, Sambaa K’e has offered world-class fishing on Trout Lake just north of the Northwest Territories-British Columbia border. Sport anglers and nature-lovers alike will marvel at the breath-taking scenery and... Read more

Blackstone Territorial Park

Midway between Fort Simpson and Fort Liard on the Liard Trail, Blackstone Territorial Park boasts stunning mountain views and a prime location on the Liard River, downstream from its confluence with ... 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

Sambaa Deh Territorial Park

This popular park and campground are located at the junction of Highway 1 and the Trout River (Sambaa Deh in the Slavey language). The river was a traditional transportation route before and during the fur... Read more

Bannockland Inn

Located on the river bank overlooking both the Liard and Mackenzie River, Bannockland Inn is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. We have 12 private bedrooms each with their own private bathroom attached.... 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

CheckPoint Bed and Breakfast

Bed and breakfast in a convenient location. Read more

Open Sky Creative Society

The Open Sky Creative Society is the longest running artist society in the NWT and the only one of its kind in the Deh Cho region operating year round. Read more

Northern News Services Ltd.

Northern-owned and operated since 1972. Publisher of six award winning community newspapers. Visitors' guides for Yellowknife, Dehcho, Inuvik and Iqaluit are published annually. Visitors' Guides are available... Read more

Northern BC Tourism Association

British Columbia borders on and has road access to the southwestern Northwest Territories via the Liard Highway.   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

Miki Enterprises Inc.

Year-round tour operator with a specific focus on the Asian market. Provides custom tour designing for small groups to Nahanni National Park Reserve and other regions. We offer wildlife viewing, flower and bird watching... Read more

Maroda Motel

Comfortable motel in downtown Fort Simpson. 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

Lucy's Bed & Breakfast

Trailer accommodation in the quiet Mackenzie River community of Jean Marie River. Ask about our moosehair tuftings! Read more

Liard Valley General Store & Motel

Motel and general store. Twelve air-conditioned units. Read more

K & K Expediting

4x4 pickup trucks and SUVs for rent or lease. Passenger shuttling, logistics, freight handling and satellite phones for rent. Read more

Grand Prairie Regional Tourism

Alberta borders on and has direct highway access to the southern Northwest Territories. Ask for your copy of the Deh Cho Travel Connection: a northern driving route that explores the southern reaches of the Northwest... 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

Denk!Zauber Marketing

Founded in 2011 the agency focuses on destination marketing/representation of tourism enterprises. We offer a high level of service with much attention to detail. We specialize in tourism marketing and media and... Read more

South Nahanni Airways

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

South Nahanni Executive Suites

Lovely two bedroom suite across from the golf course. 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

Deh Cho Travel Connection

The Deh Cho Travel Connection is a driving route that extends just over 1,800 kilometres from "Mile Zero" of the Mackenzie Highway to "Mile Zero" of the Alaska Highway through northern Alberta, British Columbia and the... Read more

Dehcho Suites

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

Shehtah Adventures

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

Nahanni Butte River Taxi

The road to Nahanni Butte ends at the Liard River, and a river taxi service is required to cross the river. Call one of the taxi operators in advance to visit the community. 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

Blackstone Visitor Information Centre

Blackstone Territorial Park on Highway 7 (Liard Highway) is open daily, May 15 to September 15, 8 am to 11 pm. Stop in and see our displays and videos. 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

Pehdzeh Ki First Nation

The Pehdzeh Ki First Nation is a member of the Dehcho First Nations in the Northwest Territories of Canada, and is located in Wrigley.The Pehdzeh Ki First Nation offers visitors a variety of experiences.  Read more

K'iyeli Services

Extend your trip to Fort Simpson with a visit to our Dene Camp, K'iyeli. We have options available for an afternoon, or overnight experience. You will learn about the people who have lived in the territory for... Read more

Tah-Chay Adventures

Join us for an unforgettable experience on the mighty Mackenzie River. Day trips are available for a full or half day. Exceptional nature and wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking and historical tours are available. We will... Read more

The Willows Inn

Six room motel with private exterior entrance. Read more

Nahanni National Park Reserve

Journey with the spirits of the Dehcho. Paddle through Canada’s deepest river canyons.  Fly Nahʔą Dehé with a legendary northern pilot. Breathe the mist of Náįlįcho. Find your Nahanni.   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

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

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

Sambaa K'e Fishing and Tourism Lodge

For 35 years, Sambaa K’e has offered world-class fishing on Trout Lake just north of the Northwest Territories-British Columbia border. Sport anglers and nature-lovers alike will marvel at the breath-taking scenery and... Read more

Blackstone Territorial Park

Midway between Fort Simpson and Fort Liard on the Liard Trail, Blackstone Territorial Park boasts stunning mountain views and a prime location on the Liard River, downstream from its confluence with ... 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

Sambaa Deh Territorial Park

This popular park and campground are located at the junction of Highway 1 and the Trout River (Sambaa Deh in the Slavey language). The river was a traditional transportation route before and during the fur... Read more

Bannockland Inn

Located on the river bank overlooking both the Liard and Mackenzie River, Bannockland Inn is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. We have 12 private bedrooms each with their own private bathroom attached.... 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

CheckPoint Bed and Breakfast

Bed and breakfast in a convenient location. 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

Maroda Motel

Comfortable motel in downtown Fort Simpson. 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

Lucy's Bed & Breakfast

Trailer accommodation in the quiet Mackenzie River community of Jean Marie River. Ask about our moosehair tuftings! Read more

Liard Valley General Store & Motel

Motel and general store. Twelve air-conditioned units. 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

South Nahanni Executive Suites

Lovely two bedroom suite across from the golf course. 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

Dehcho Suites

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

Acho Dene Native Crafts

Acho Dene Native Crafts is a collective of over 40 cottage producers living in the community produce the products sold by the store. These products are made using a blend of ancestral techniques and themes with... 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

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

MOCCASIN SPRING CARNIVAL

Late March

A cultural event with traditional games, tea boiling, bannock making, log splitting, foot races and a talent show. 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