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Fort Chipewyan

Fort Chipewyan - Image copyrighted & courtesy of Chris Slavo
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The oldest settlement in all of Alberta, Fort Chipewyan ranks as the second largest community in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, with a population of  just over 1,000 people. Situated at the western tip of Lake Athabasca, roughly 300 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, this is a sought after destination for various outdoor pursuits while also boasting the world’s first NHL-sized synthetic ice surface.

Over 200 years of rich history has created a destination that has enticed explorers, fur traders and adventure enthusiasts since the 18th century with offerings of many recreational opportunities including trapping and fishing. Fort Chipewyan’s roots can be traced back to the Northwest Company trading post built there in 1788.

Fort Chipewyan is nestled in some of this country’s most spectacular natural beauty and wildlife reserves. The quiet beauty and remote location create the impression of stepping back in time. A must see in Fort Chipewyan is the Bicentennial Museum where Aboriginal and historic displays depict the key role Fort Chipewyan played in Canada’s early exploration and fur trade.

Steeped in history, this region is a living testament to the people who live here. The region is stamped with their time honored traditions, natural and authentic way of life, and love for the land and water. Fort Chipewyan is the launch point for your adventure into Wood Buffalo National Park. This UNESCO Heritage Site is home to the world’s largest free roaming herd of buffalo and over 200 species of migratory birds, including the most famous and rarest – the whooping crane.

Fort Chipewyan is the perfect destination for your remote getaway, plan your trip well in advance and contact the tourism operators in Fort Chipewyan to assist you with planning accommodations, company retreats, activities and travel.

For more information, please check out the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo's page on Fort Chipewyan.