Dehcho

Big mountains, big waters, big hearts 

Dehcho means “big river” – referring to the great Mackenzie, 1,600 kilometres long and as much as five kilometres wide, sluicing relentlessly toward the Arctic sea. Flanking the current: The foothills and spires of the Mackenzie Mountains are home to not one but two national park reserves, Nahanni and Nááts’ihch’oh – jewels in Canada’s crown and destinations on every paddler’s life-list. Despite all this wilderness, the Dehcho is within easy reach. For Alaska Highway roadtrippers, it’s a convenient, rustic sidetrip, free from long lines of RVs. The region is also accessible by air and road from Yellowknife. Moose, bison, and black bears ramble the dusty roadsides. And traditional villages thrive – outposts of Dene, Métis, traders, bush pilots and more, whose friendly faces and the low-key pace will pacify your soul.

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Intriguing tales from Canada's Northwest Territories

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS DAY

June 21 every year

Territorial holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices for details. Read more

OPEN SKY FESTIVAL

June 30, 2018

From its inception, the Open Sky Creative Society has held an annual summer festival in late June or early July on the flats at the confluence of the Liard and Mackenzie Rivers in Fort Simpson. This annual event hosted... Read more

CANADA DAY

July 1 every year

National holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices and check community websites for details. Read more