Community Feature: Fort Simpson

 January 28, 2019
Posted by smiklosovic

This week, we are featuring a Northwest Territories’ community that is on the Walk to Tuk route: Fort Simpson!  Did you know that Fort Simpson is actually located on an island?  With a population that hovers around 1,200 people, Fort Simpson/ Łíídlıı Kųę is the largest community found in the Deh Cho region.  It is also the only community in the NWT to be designated as a “village.”

Łíídlıı Kųę means “the place where rivers come together” and lies where the Liard and Mackenzie rivers meet, making for some spectacular scenery all throughout the year.  There are many things to enjoy here, from golfing on their nine-hole course to taking in the Open Sky festival during the Canada Day long weekend.  You can stop by their office any time of year to see some beautiful hand work from across the NWT and purchase some art or a fine craft to remember your visit.

Fort Simpson is also one of the communities participating in the Active Healthy Intergenerational Connections project, which aligns nicely with their community goal of “celebrating our culture in a way that bridges the gap between generations.”

Fort Simpson Artist Martha Drake:

For more information about Fort Simpson:

www.dehcho.org

www.openskycreativesociety.com

www.fort-simpson.com