Fort McPherson

Fort McPherson

Teetł'it Zheh – “Place at the head of the waters”

Population: 792

The first community you’ll encounter when driving north on the Dempster, this friendly Gwich’in town is set in the rolling Richardson foothills along the Peel River, a popular paddling route. Don’t miss the famous Tent and Canvas shop, source of heavy-duty trapper’s tents, satchels and souvenirs, as well as the graves of the Lost Patrol – four Mounties who died en route to Dawson City in the terrible winter of 1911. 

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Nitainlaii Territorial Park

This park is perched on a cliff overlooking the Peel River and surrounded by stands of white birch and white spruce trees. It's an ideal place to unwind for a few nights on the long journey up or down the Dempster. The... Read more

Peel River Inn

Adventurers and explorers have used the Peel River Inn as the place to stay since 1972. Boasting the most modern guest rooms, banquet and conference centre in Western NWT, the Peel River Inns North hotel has the staff... Read more

Fort McPherson Tent and Canvas

Fort McPherson Tent and Canvas Shop is located above the Arctic Circle in a Gwich'€™in community of approximately 800 people. Today, a wide array of durable and practical arctic tough items are available. Read more

TETLIT GWINJIK TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

You'll find interpretive displays at this fine lookout along the Dempster Highway.    Read more

Nitainlaii Territorial Park

This park is perched on a cliff overlooking the Peel River and surrounded by stands of white birch and white spruce trees. It's an ideal place to unwind for a few nights on the long journey up or down the Dempster. The... Read more

The Lost Patrol graves

The graves of the infamous "Lost Patrol" lie beside St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Fort McPherson, and pay homage to one of the most tragic episodes in Northern history.  Read more

Fort McPherson Tent and Canvas Shop

Established in 1970 to stimulate employment in Fort McPherson, this community-based enterprise combines local traditional skills with current manufacturing and production methods to craft a wide... Read more

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

June 21

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

MIDWAY LAKE FESTIVAL

August

Music festival attracting old-time fiddlers as well as local bands. Bring a tent. Food and crafts available. Held at Midway Lake, 30 kilometres from Fort McPherson on the Dempster Highway. Bus service from... Read more