A community with amplifying tourism potential, Fort Fitzgerald is the most northern hamlet, only 25 kilometres from the city of Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories. This hamlet positioned along the Slave River and home to world famous rapids ranging from Class II to a stretch of Class VI+, draw young, extreme-sports kayakers and traditional canoeists.
Fort Fitz, as the hamlet is affectionately known, was named in honour of Francis Joseph Fitzgerald, an inspector with the Northwest Mounted Police, the precursor to today’s RCMP. During the summer months, Fort Fitzgerald is most easily accessed from the northwest via Highway 5 and the community of Fort Smith NWT, only 25 kilometres to the north. Fort Fitzgerald is definitely off the beaten path, but you won’t regret making the trip.
The isolated hamlet lies in some of the most unspoiled northern wilderness the region has to offer and the residents, though few, are always happy to welcome visitors and share their traditional way of life, a cultural heritage that has remained largely unchanged for generations.