Where we live: Fort Providence

Where we live: fort providence


A little introduction to Zhahti Kųę – “the mission house”

61°21′ N, 117°40′ W
160 metres
Traditional name:
Zhahti Kųę
Name means:
“Mission house”
On the north bank of the Mackenzie River, just a few dozen kilometres downstream from Great Slave Lake
Slavey, English
Dene, Métis, non-Aboriginal
Getting there:
By all season road from Hay River (two hours) and Yellowknife (3.5 hours)
Founded In:
The 1860s, when Roman Catholic Oblates opened a mission, boarding school and orphanage here, calling the site “Providence.” By 1868 the Hudson Bay Company had opened a trading post nearby, calling it “Fort Providence”
Claim to fame:
One-tonne wood bison, which roam the dusty streets, often browsing in locals’ front yards
Visit for:
Purchasing local arts and crafts; watching the tremendous crash of ice-floes when the Mackenzie River breaks up; the Bison Jamboree (end of March)
Best daytrip:
Flightseeing over nearby attractions such as Great Slave Lake, the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary and Lady Evelyn Falls
Best expedition:
Setting off from here to paddle the Mackenzie River
Historic highlight:
Opening of the Deh Cho Bridge (the only bridge across the Mackenzie River) in 2012
Notable locals:
Robert McLeod, premier of the Northwest Territories; Michael McLeod, the Northwest Territories' Member of Parliament
More info:
To get the whole story on “Zhahti Kųę,” explore Fort Providence