Known long ago as the gateway to the Northwest Territories, Fort Smith tantalizes with history and mystery. Here, hugging the Alberta border, you'll find giant bison, a vast national park and the world's largest Dark Sky Preserve, wild whitewater, rich fur-trade heritage, and diverse, friendly Northern folks. Traditionally known as Thebacha or "Beside the Rapids," Fort Smith is home to about 2,500 people.
In summer, the land abounds with birds, fish and animals. The trails are endless, and fences are rare. You can hike, paddle or swim in the Slave River, and watch the American white pelicans feed in the roaring whitewater rapids. While travelling the roads keep an eye out for wildlife and Wood Buffalo National Park’s herd of more than 5,000 free-roaming wood bison.
In winter, Fort Smith becomes a peaceful oasis of sparkling snow, clear skies and Northern Lights. In fact its latitude makes it one of the best places in the world to view the Aurora Borealis.
Summer’s scenic hiking trails turn into winter’s cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. Winter is a favourite time for many travellers to visit and participate in classic winter activities like dog sledding or for the more adventurous big air snowboarding. There is something for everyone.
In town you'll find attractions like the Northern Life Museum, showcasing First Nations, Metis and Euro-Canadian heritage; the Fort Smith Mission, a territorial historic park; and of course the Pelican Rapids Golf Course, where you can tee off under the midnight sun.
Best of all, Fort Smith is easy to get to. It is a day's drive (or quick flight) from Edmonton or Yellowknife – and if you're really up for an adventure, in winter you can drive here by the scenic ice road from Fort McMurray.
Explore the trails, the waterways, the night sky, the pristine wilderness, the unforgettable wildlife and so much more in Fort Smith!