Fort Good Hope

Fort Good Hope

Rádeyįlįkóé – “Place of rapids”

Population: 560

On the west bank of the Mackenzie, just upstream from where the river squeezes through the towering limestone chute of The Ramparts, this Dene town has deep roots in fishing, hunting and trapping. It’s also home to the oldest building in the NWT: the ornate Our Lady of Good Hope Church, built in 1865 and now a National Historic Site. Access is by air from Norman Wells or, in winter, by ice road up the Mackenzie Valley.

Our Stories

Intriguing tales from Canada's Northwest Territories

Jackson's B&B

Bed and Breakfast accommodation located in the historic Mackenzie River community of Fort Good Hope. Read more

Little Dipper Bed & Breakfast

Four rooms available in comfortable house, meals available when needed. Read more

The Ramparts

The closest thing to whitewater on the mighty Mackenzie River, this fast-flowing section occurs a few kilometres upstream from Fort Good Hope where the river is choked between 40-metre-high ... Read more

Our Lady of Good Hope Church

The oldest and certainly the most ornate place of worship in the North, this tiny cathedral crowns a bluff overlooking the Mackenzie River in Fort Good Hope. Built starting in 1865 by Oblate missionaries – including the... Read more


June 21

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