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About Fort Smith

Fort Smith is a beautiful town located where the Slave River divides the boreal plains from the Canadian Shield. Once the capital of the Northwest Territories, Fort Smith has been a hub of activity for hundreds of years - and has a vibrant history to tell. With a population of just under 2,500, the town is big enough to boast some of the best facilities in the Northwest Territories and small enough to make you feel at home the moment you arrive. 

The magnificent surrounding landscape draws thousands of visitors each year. Fort Smith and the surrounding Thebacha region is home to world-renowned whitewater kayaking, hiking, biking, and golfing in the summer and unforgettable snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and dogsledding in the winter. Spend a day or two exploring the natural landscapes and wildlife in Wood Buffalo National Park, the largest national park in Canada. Come and take in the sights and sounds of the Slave River Paddlefest or Dark Sky Festival in August, celebrate the Wood Buffalo Frolics winter carnival in March, or stop in and check out the displays at the Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre at any time of year.

Whether you're here for a short or a long while, we're happy to welcome you to unexpected, unforgettable Fort Smith.