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Canoes in the water near Behchokǫ̀



Behchokǫ̀ is the largest Dene community in the Northwest Territories (Pop. about 2,000) and is located at the point where Great Slave Lake's North Arm connects with Marian Lake. It is the first community you'll encounter in the North Slave. Formerly known as Fort Rae or Rae-Edzo, Behchokǫ̀ is headquarters of the Tlicho Government. In the Tlicho language, its name translates to "Big Knife." 

Here you'll find idyllic creeks and rivers from which to launch memorable canoe trips, one of the best beaches in the entire North, and a warm and traditional Tlicho community. It's a short drive from Yellowknife, and if you visit during the town's exciting handgames tournament you'll meet Dene people from across the territory.

Access Behchokǫ̀ year-round by road from Yellowknife or Fort Providence. 

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