Located on the western edge of the Northwest Territories Canada, Fort Simpson is the government centre for the Dehcho region. With a population of approx. 1200, Fort Simpson is also home to corporate offices such as Canadian Zinc’s Prairie Creek Mine, and Enbridge Pipeline.
Fort Simpson (or Liidlii Kue, “place where the rivers come together”) is the Dehcho’s gateway to the Nahanni. From here, take off for the mountains by air or by boat. Day tours are offered by local air charter companies to Virginia Falls and other points in Nahanni National Park. Visit a small lodge on a mountain lake for a weekend or a week. Or travel the North Nahanni River by jet boat on a camping trip into the Nahanni Range.
The VIC is the first building on the left as you come into town. The VIC is a wealth of information relating to Fort Simpson and area. There is a small museum displaying the history of the area and its people as well as a movie theatre with a variety of movies on our history and area. The VIC is staffed throughout the summer months providing helpful information to all visitors as well as guided walking tours of town. For more information including obtaining a Fort Simpson Visitors Guide please contact:
PO Box 438 Fort Simpson, NT, X0E 0N0
Tel: 867-695-3182 Tel: 867-695-3005 (Open Sky Society)
FAX: 867-695-2511 FAX: 867-695-2005
Visitors from around the world arrive in Fort Simpson as it is the Gateway into the UNESCO designated Nahanni National Park Reserve, and other wilderness adventures—fishing, hunting, backpacking, canoeing, rafting and more.
The administration office for Nahanni National Park Reserve is in Fort Simpson and provides information, reservation and registration services.
Cirque of the Unclimbables
As the gateway to the Nahanni National Park Reserve, Fort Simpson is a vibrant, active community year round. Whether it's an event at the recreation centre, a musical performance, an art gallery opening, workshops in traditional aboriginal crafts, or sports activities, there is always something to do.
Stop by the Visitor Information Centre on your way into town to arrange a guided walking tour of Fort Simpson. This historic walking tour covers prospector Albert Faille’s cabin, the Papal Grounds, and Fort Simpson Heritage Park, a likely location of the first trading post here in 1801. The Village’s visitor information centre has displays on the history, culture and geography of the region. Tours will last approximately 1.5 hours covering many of our historical buildings and offering tales of colourful past residents. Please be prepared to walk up to 2.5 km (1.5 miles) for the complete tour. Contact the VIC (Visitor Information Centre) for more information.
Enjoy a round of golf at the best little golf course in the Northwest Territories!
9 holes, grass fairways, clubhouse, rentals.
See more photos in the Photo Gallery
Day tours are offered by local air charter companies to Virginia Falls and other points of interest in Nahanni Country. Let us book a tour for you!
The Open Sky Creative Society brings together local artists and supporters, fostering art, cultural traditions and creative expression in the community.
Ask about arts and crafts from the local Dene peoples. High quality items are available, from clothing to unique wall decor featuring fine beadwork, moosehair tufting and quillwork.
Photo: Jackie Zinger