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Why Fort Smith?

The 2,500 residents of Fort Smith have fallen in love with their town for many reasons. For some it’s the career opportunities and for others it’s the history and natural beauty.

The town has modern facilities, including a pool, curling rink, and large gymnasium; excellent health and safety services; and regular community programming for all age levels. Health and safety is ensured by the local RCMP detachment, a volunteer fire department, and the Fort Smith Health and Social Services Centre. The North’s developing midwifery program was founded based on the success of Fort Smith’s program, which has been in operation since 2005.

Fort Smith is an NWT education centre. All grades are available, from kindergarten to Grade 12, as well as French immersion and alternative education programs. The town is also home to the largest of Aurora College’s three campuses.

World-class rapids, the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and territorial and national parks are all nearby. The Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre features impressive cultural and natural collections from the Thebacha region. The upper galleries showcase the traditional lifestyle of the First Nations and Metis people of the region, and the lower galleries are often used to display the works of local artists. 

We welcome you to our community and encourage you to learn more about Fort Smith in the pages to follow.