Jean Marie River

Jean Marie River

Tthek'éhdélı̨: "Water flowing over clay"

Population: 71

This tiny, tranquil Dene settlement got its start in 1915 as a trading post, strategically located on the flats where the Jean Marie meets the Mackenzie. Today the community can be reached via a 27-kilometre access road off Hwy 1. It’s a good place to picnic at the river, photograph the historic tugboat now retired on shore, or launch a kayak or canoe for a paddle downriver to Fort Simpson.

 

Location: 61°32′ N, 120°38′ W
Elevation: 143 metres
Population: 71
Traditional name: Tthek’éhdélı – “Water flowing over clay”
Setting: On the south bank of the Mackenzie River just above its junction with the Jean Marie River
Languages: Dene Zhatie (South Slavey), English
Ethnicities: Dene (South Slavey)
Getting here: By road from the Mackenzie Highway
Best expedition: Paddling from here down the Mackenzie to Fort Simpson (two or three days)
Founded in: Long used by the Slavey Dene, the first permanent structures here were erected by locals approximately a century ago. In 1951 the community built its own school, and the Hudson Bay Company established a store in 1964
Don’t miss: Hiking and sightseeing at Sambaa Deh Falls, on the Mackenzie Highway, a half-hour’s drive from the community
 

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