Fort Simpson


Fort Simpson at a Glance 

Located in the southwest corner of the Northwest Territories Fort Simpson sits at the meeting point of two great rivers, Mackenzie and Liard, a location that established the area as a significant transportation hub in its early days.

An important gathering place for centuries, the traditional Dene name for Fort Simpson is 'Liidli Kue', meaning 'the place where the rivers come together'.

Fort Simpson was established in 1803 as a fur trading outpost called 'Fort of the Forks'. The town's history is preserved at Heritage Park and McPherson House. From here, there are views of the Papal Flats-the plot of land where Pope John Paul II celebrated mass in 1987. Fort Simpson has a vibrant arts community, which is celebrated in part through the Open Sky Creative Society..

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Fort Simpson