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Welcome to Fort Smith!

The Chipewyan name for the region is Thebacha, which means beside the rapids. Fort Smith is located next to the magnificent Slave River and is the main gateway to Wood Buffalo National Park.

A trip to Fort Smith is one steeped in history, beauty and adventure. Our rapids along the Slave River are world class, our Dark Sky Preserve is the largest on Earth and Wood Buffalo National Park is thriving with unique wildlife, such as the protected and majestic whooping crane.

In summer the land abounds with birds, fish and animals. The trails are endless, and fences are rare. In winter it becomes a peaceful oasis of sparkling snow, clear skies and Northern lights.

We look forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy your stay!


At the Mary Kaeser Library, visitors have access to films, music, magazines, audiobooks and, of...

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Grosbeak Lake is part of Wood Buffalo National Park’s extensive band of salt plains which cover...

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Cross-country skiers have many choices for adventure in Fort Smith. The scenic trails offer...

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Polar Creations' artist, Michel Labine, is of Metis heritage and has made Fort Smith, Northwest...

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Desnede Farmers Market

Each market day is a feast for the senses and a...

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Wood Buffalo Inn is centrally located in Fort Smith and offers fully equipped suites with a... Read more
Your hosts, Christine and Don Aubrey, welcome you to Fort Smith and its unique surroundings in the... Read more
42 room full service facility with a restaurant, dining, gift store, lounge and night club which... Read more


Northern Stores carry food and general merchandise, serving remote, Northern Canadian communities.... Read more
Catering services
Lounge and nevada sales, charitable organization, rental of basement area for events