Welcome to Fort McPherson
Known as Tetl'it Zheh (Town at the Headwaters) to its largely Teetl'it Gwich'in population, Fort McPherson was established slightly downriver in 1849 as a trading post by a Hudson's Bay Company explorer, with Anglican missionaries hot on his heels. Its Saint Mathew's Anglican Church Cemetery is the final resting place of the Lost Patrol, the four Mounties who set off from Fort McPherson for Dawson City in the winter of 1911, but got lost and never made it. The Chii Tsal Dik Gwizheh Tourist & Heritage Center aims to introduce visitors to Gwich'in culture by organizing traditional dance demonstrations, walking tours, fish cutting demos and more. Inside you'll find information on the community, along with a Gwich'in-English dictionary and Gwich'in story books.