Where we live: Fort Good Hope

A little introduction to Rádeyįlįkóé – 'Place of rapids'

 

A little introduction to Rádeyįlįkóé – “Place of rapids”

Location:
66°16′ N, 128°38′ W
 
Elevation:
268 metres
 
Population:
557
 
Traditional name:
Rádeyįlįkóé – “Place of rapids”
 
Record high / low:
35.0°C / -55.6°C
 
Setting:
On a rolling, forested peninsula between Jackfish Creek and the east bank of the Mackenzie River in the northern Sahtu region
 
Languages:
North Slavey, English
 
Ethnicities:
Dene (K'asho Got'ine), Métis, non-Aboriginal
 
Getting here:
By air from Norman Wells or Inuvik, by winter road from Wrigley
 
Founded in:
This is the ancestral territory of the Sahtu Dene. In 1805 the North West Company arrived, opening the first fur-trading post in the lower Mackenzie Valley, prompting permanent settlement in the area 
 
Best daytrip:
Three kilometres by boat downstream to “The Ramparts,” where towering limestone cliffs constrict and accelerate the Mackenzie River
 
Claim to fame:
Home to the oldest permanent structure in Northern Canada, the ornate Our Lady of Good Hope church, a national historic site built in 1865
 
Come for:
Rampart Rendezvous, a community festival held every August featuring traditional contests such as duck-plucking, tent-setting, tea-boiling, dryfish-making and canoe races
 
Notable locals:
Frank T’Seleie, political leader and activist; Stephen Kakfwi, former territorial premier
 
More info:
To get the whole story on the “place of rapids,” explore Fort Good Hope