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Community of Tsiigehtchic


Hollywood sign of Tsiigehtchic. Photo Credit: Colin Field


The Tsiigehtchic ferry. Photo Credit: Colin Field



Formerly known as Arctic Red River, Tsiigehtchic is a quaint community of just under 200 people. This is the ancestral territory of the Gwichya Gwich'in. Permanent settlement here began with the establishment of a Catholic mission in 1868, followed by a Hudson Bay Company trading post in the 1870s. Many of Tsiigehtchic's Gwich'in residents still live a traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing and trapping. The visitor centre can connect you with local residents and craftspeople. To resume your trip, park at the ferry landing, and the ferry will pick you up to cross the wide Mackenzie River on your way to Inuvik.

If you're making the drive in August, check out their Canoe Days celebration, with canoe races, fiddling, jigging and drum dancing.

Access to Tsiigehtchic is via the Louis Cardinal Ferry from Fort McPherson that crosses the Arctic Red and Mackenzie Rivers. But make sure to tell the crew you're making the Tsiigehtchic detour.

If you've brought your fishing gear, this would be an excellent place to look for feisty little Arctic Grayling.

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