Fort Smith

Fort Smith

Thebacha – “Beside the rapids”

Population: 2,536

Equal parts Métis, First Nations and non-Natives, this friendly, historic town was once the NWT’s front door: All northbound river travellers passed through here while portaging the Slave River Rapids. These days, visitors arrive by scenic Hwy 5, to tour sprawling Wood Buffalo National Park, paddle (or peer at white pelicans) in the Slave’s foaming whitewater, walk or cycle the riverfront Thebacha Trail, and check out museums, gift shops and historic sites. 

 

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Intriguing tales from Canada's Northwest Territories

Dark Sky Festival

Touch the Arctic Tours

Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival is a weekend of family oriented activities at the world's largest Dark Sky Preserve. Join us for an exciting 4-day journey of exploring the wonders of our universe and the sciences that makes it all work. Read more

Canoe Arctic Inc.

For more than 40 years, Canoe Arctic Inc. has operated guided canoe trips on the most remote wild rivers left on our planet. With chartered amphibian aircraft based in Fort Smith, we fly our clientele in to the Thelon... Read more

Reliance Airways Ltd

We own and operate a 24 hour on-demand air charter service. Hunting and fishing charters can be arranged in the Northwest Territories. We offer air support for canoeing adventures at Lynx Tundra Lodge and the Thelon... Read more

Northwestern Air Lease Ltd.

Northwestern Air is a scheduled airline providing service between Edmonton, Fort Smith, Hay River, Yellowknife, Fort Chipewyan, High Level and Fort McMurray. We also have charter aircraft available on wheels, skis and... Read more

North Star Resort

Northstar Resort is a remote fishing lodge located on Thekulthili Lake, 95 miles (152 km) northeast of Fort Smith. Operates from June - Sept. Read more

Lynx Tundra Lodge

An Arctic Barrenlands trophy fishing adventure for the serious sportsman. Located on Lynx Lake (420 km east of Yellowknife) Lynx Tundra Lodge is your destination for trophy class Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling, Pickerel,... Read more

Frontier Coachlines NWT

Travel through the NWT by the highways connecting these great communities. Read more

Canadian Wild Wilderness Outfitters

Outstanding fly-in fishing for northern pike and lake trout. Approximately 75 minutes NE of Fort Smith on Thekulthili Lakes. Read more

Taiga Tour Company

We offer a wide range of tour packages for the adventure enthusiast and invite you to join us for a personalized experience in and around Wood Buffalo National Park. Tour packages range from 3-10 days. 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

Nivek Ltd.

Dogsled rides and Kennel Tours. Read more

Pelican Rapids Inn & Suites

41 room full service facility with a restaurant, dining, gift store, lounge and night club which offers accommodation and associated amenities to local, regional, national and international tourist and travellers.... Read more

Reliance Airways Ltd

We own and operate a 24 hour on-demand air charter service. Hunting and fishing charters can be arranged in the Northwest Territories. We offer air support for canoeing adventures at Lynx Tundra Lodge and the Thelon... Read more

Whispering Pines Cottages

Serving you with over 50 years of tourism experience. 4 private units, that are excellent for your company, business sports teams and organizations comfort while visiting Ft. Smith. Enjoy private, clean,... Read more

Wilderness Edge Guest House

An executive two bedroom suite complete with all the amenities of home conveniently located in Fort Smith. Read more

Whooping Crane Guest House

Beautiful octagonal shaped log home within walking distance of downtown. Smoke free, full breakfast, open year round. Friendly and inviting. Bicycles available in the summer.  Read more

Queen Elizabeth Territorial Park

Located just outside Fort Smith, this large, lushly wooded campground features 17 powered campsites, showers and washrooms, a kitchen shelter, firewood, a playground, and a walking trail leading to great... Read more

Little Buffalo River Falls Territorial Park

This picturesque spot features six non-powered campsites. The area was devastated by a forest fire in 1981; nearly 40 years later it is now an ideal spot to observe how nature replenishes the land. Relax by the... Read more

Salt River Elders Village

Visiting Wood Buffalo National Park? We offer four log cabins out by the Salt River, for rent by the night or the week. Read more

Lynx Tundra Lodge

An Arctic Barrenlands trophy fishing adventure for the serious sportsman. Located on Lynx Lake (420 km east of Yellowknife) Lynx Tundra Lodge is your destination for trophy class Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling, Pickerel,... Read more

King George'€™s Bed and Breakfast

Comfortable Bed and Breakfast conveniently located in Fort Smith. Read more

Thebacha Camp Services

Five-unit construction-style camp accommodates up to 25 persons. Read more

Axehandle Guest House

Fully-furnished loft studio apartment in Fort Smith. Read more

North Star Resort

Northstar Resort is a remote fishing lodge located on Thekulthili Lake, 95 miles (152 km) northeast of Fort Smith. Operates from June - Sept. Read more

Canadian Wild Wilderness Outfitters

Outstanding fly-in fishing for northern pike and lake trout. Approximately 75 minutes NE of Fort Smith on Thekulthili Lakes. Read more

Wood Buffalo Inn

Wood Buffalo Inn is centrally located in Fort Smith and offers comfortable, fully equipped suites. 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

Pelican Rapids Inn & Suites

41 room full service facility with a restaurant, dining, gift store, lounge and night club which offers accommodation and associated amenities to local, regional, national and international tourist and travellers.... Read more

North of 60 Books

Books, arts, crafts and giftware made by local residents. Specialty coffee cafe as well!   Read more

Berro's Pizzeria

Eat-in or take-out pizza. Always fresh and delicious. Read more

Anna's Home Cooking

Health food bistro with eat-in or take-out service. Read more

The Sweetest Grounds

Located on the main street of Fort Smith, The Sweetest Grounds has hard ice cream, candy, chocolates, coffees and teas. Read more

The Rusty Raven Gallery & Gift

The Rusty Raven is a speciality coffee café offering a variety of hot or cold lattes and freshly baked treats. We are proud to sell northern arts, crafts and books. We also carry a great selection of giftware. Read more

FORT SMITH MISSION TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

Fort Smith Mission Heritage Park is all that remains of the original 151-acre Oblate Catholic Mission in what is now the centre of Fort Smith. For a period of a century between 1876 and the early 1980s, the... Read more

Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre

In the heart of Fort Smith, this must-see museum showcases the area’s First Nations, Métis and Euro-Canadian heritage. It boasts a collection of some 10,000 items, including local man Frank Conibear’s famous trap,... Read more

Little Buffalo River Falls Territorial Park

This picturesque spot features six non-powered campsites. The area was devastated by a forest fire in 1981; nearly 40 years later it is now an ideal spot to observe how nature replenishes the land. Relax by the... Read more

Queen Elizabeth Territorial Park

Located just outside Fort Smith, this large, lushly wooded campground features 17 powered campsites, showers and washrooms, a kitchen shelter, firewood, a playground, and a walking trail leading to great... Read more

Salt Plains

What in the world? Just west of Fort Smith in Wood Buffalo National Park lies a shimmering, pearly desert, stretching to the far horizon. A quick hike downhill will bring you to the bizarre... Read more

Pine Lake Beach

The finest beach and campground in Wood Buffalo National Park, Pine Lake features soothing sand and shallow, warm, aquamarine waters, ideal for swimming or paddling when you're tired of gawking at the... Read more

Slave River Rapids

For most of its length the broad Slave River plods over the boreal plains, sliding listlessly toward Great Slave Lake. But at the point where it hits the Northwest Territories border, it is suddenly stirred by the... Read more

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

June 21

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

SOUTH SLAVE FRIENDSHIP FESTIVAL

August

Three days of music from the NWT and around the world – traditional, rock, country and more. Read more

SLAVE RIVER PADDLEFEST

August Long Weekend

Paddlefest includes instructional clinics, river trips, and fun, friendly competitions. There are events for kayaks, canoes, voyageur canoes, kids and adults. Paddlefest includes lots of activities for spectators... Read more

THEBACHA & WOOD BUFFALO DARK SKY FESTIVAL

August 17-20

The 6th Annual Dark Sky Festival is a celebration of the return of dark skies to our northern latitude (60°N). Festival activities take place in Fort Smith, NWT and the in world's largest... Read more

WOOD BUFFALO FROLICS/MUFFALOOSE DAYS

March

Weekend events including a community feast, dances, games, a hockey tournament and dogsled races. Most popular is the cabane à sucre – the sugar shack where maple syrup is poured over snow for a... Read more

FITZ-SMITH THEBACHA LOPPET

First Saturday in March

The Thebacha Loppet is a spring classic ski tour for skiers of all ages and abilities. It’s a great family event with everyone from Jackrabbits to national-team members participating. The full loppet is... Read more