A little introduction to Thebacha, 'The place beside the rapids'
Location: 60°00’N, 111°53’W
Elevation: 205 metres
Named After: Donald Alexander Smith (Lord Strathcona)
Traditional Name: Thebacha, “Beside the rapids”
Claim to Fame: World-class whitewater paddling
Founded In: 1874, as a Hudson’s Bay Company post
Historic Highlight: Town made administrative capital of the NWT, 1911
Historic Lowlight: Five fur-traders die in the Rapids of the Drowned, 1786
Quirky Fact: Has just about the only water tower North of Sixty
Visit For: Paddlefest, in early August
Gateway To: Wood Buffalo National Park
Best Daytrip: Flightseeing over the Peace River Delta, salt plains and bison herds
Best Expedition: Paddling the Slave from Peace Point to Fort Smith
Notable Locals: Frank Conibear (inventor), Francois Paulette (aboriginal activist), Mark Carney (former governor, Bank of Canada)
More info: For the whole story on "the place beside the rapids," explore Fort Smith.