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Thebacha and Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival


The annual Dark Sky Festival is a celebration of the return of dark skies to our northern latitude (60°N) and is hosted in the world's largest Dark Sky Preserve, Wood Buffalo National Park.

At the Dark Sky Festival we do not just look at stars, we try to answer your questions about science through fun and interactive activities.  For kids there is the Circus of Science and the Science Academy events, while adults can enjoy guest speakers and workshops.

2019 guest speakers include:

Slave River Paddlefest

Will you be joining us? 

World class paddling, warm water, sun until midnight, and good friends, what's not to love!
Paddlefest includes instructional clinics, river trips, and friendly competitions.

There are events for kayaks, canoes, SUPs, voyageur canoes, kids, and adults. The Slave River offers every type of paddling imaginable!

Desnede Farmers Market

Each market day is a feast for the senses and a gathering point for the community. Taste, chat, and take home new ideas for locally grown or harvested vegetables and hand made products. Come and meet our Northern farmers, crafters and artisans. We welcome you to stop by and see what's new!

See you at the Market!

The Market runs:

Every Saturday 11 AM - 1 PM 

at the Fort Smith Centennial Arena Park

From June 22 - September 29

Barefeet on the Salt Plains - Guided Hike

Guided hike to the Salt Plains in Wood Buffalo National Park every Tuesday at 1:00 pm.

Walk on the remains of a prehistoric sea, as you tread on the Salt Plains. Unique in Canada as the only salt flats in the entire country, they are also interesting because other salt flats are usually found in deserts. Try a few crystals from the naturally-occurring salt mounds or see if you can figure out which animals have left their tracks in the clay! While you enjoy a barefoot pedicure strolling in the clay, an interpreter will share the science, and history of humans at the Salt Plains.

Get to Know Your Trails - Wood Buffalo NP

Join us in Wood Buffalo National Park as we take you on some of our favourite hikes!

Every Wednesday at 1:00 pm.

Register at the Visitor Information Centre or call (867) 872-7960. $13.70/person.

A Walk Through Time - Guided Tour


Offerend every Friday at 1:00 pm, and anytime upon request! The cost is FREE!

Take a journey into the past through a vareity of stories about the people, culture, places and events that made Fort Smith the community it is today. From its unique placement to its purpose as a gathering place,to the traditions that take us up to the present times!