Pedzéh Kı̨́ – “Clay place”
The northernmost Dehcho Dene community, this small log-cabin settlement sits on a high bluff overlooking the Mackenzie River. Tucked with a view of the Franklin Mountains, it’s scenic and serene, with a traditional lifestyle revolving around trapping, hunting and fishing. Access is by Hwy 1, which rolls through the foothills north from Fort Simpson and crosses the Mackenzie by ferry or ice-road (except during breakup/ freeze-up).
Elevation: 149 metres
Named for: Hudson’s Bay Company chief commissioner Joseph Wrigley
Traditional name: Pedzéh Kí (“Place where the rock goes into the water”)
Setting: In the shadow of the Franklin Mountains on the high east bank of the Mackenzie River just below the confluence of the Wrigley River
Record high/low: 37.0°C / -53.3°C
Languages: South Slavey, English
Ethnicities: Slavey Dene
Getting here: By road from Fort Simpson (two hours)
Founded in: This is the ancestral territory of the Slavey Dene. Beginning in 1817 various trading posts were established in this area, including Fort Alexander, Fort of the Small Rapid and Fort Wrigley. In 1965, due to the swampy conditions at Fort Wrigley, the government relocated the population 16 kilometres up the Mackenzie River to the present site of Wrigley
Notable locals: Internationally acclaimed Dene fashion designer D’arcy Moses lived in Wrigley for many years
Best daytrip: Downstream to Roche qui trempe a l’eau sulphur springs, or to the top of 1,228-metre Cap Mountain, the highest peak in the Franklin Range
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