Echaot’ıe Kųę – “Place of the people from the land of giants”
Sheltered by tall timber in the rolling foothills of the Mackenzie Mountains, this rambling riverfront hamlet is the NWT’s “garden spot,” enjoying warm weather and luxuriant vegetation. Located just off the Liard Trail 37 kilometres north of the NWT border, it’s a good place to gas up, buy exquisite Dene arts and crafts (birchbark baskets are the local specialty), or kick back on the banks of the river.
Elevation: 216 metres
Traditional name: Echaot’ıe Kųę
Name means: “Place of the people from the land of giants”
Setting: At the confluence of the Liard and Petitot Rivers in a deep, heavily wooded valley, 37 kilometres north of the B.C. border
Languages: Slavey, English
Ethnicities: Dene, Métis, non-Aboriginal
Getting here: By all season road from Fort Nelson B.C. (two hours) or Fort Simpson (three hours)
Founded In: The Deh Gah Gotie Dene have lived in the area for as much as 10,000 years. The Northwest Company founded a fur-trading post, “Riviere aux Liards” (River of Aspens) in 1807
Claim to fame: The “garden spot of the North,” with the warmest weather and most luxuriant vegetation in the Northwest Territories
Visit for: Purchasing exquisite birchbark baskets and moosehide beadwork at the Acho Dene Native Crafts store, possibly the finest source of Dene art in the territory
Best daytrip: Fishing and paddling on the Liard River
Notable local: Charles Camsell, founder of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
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