This low-key Dene community, by the slow-rolling waters of the Mackenzie River, was settled in 1861 with the establishment of a Catholic mission and was randomly visited by Queen Elizabeth II in 1970 to start a canoe race. Off the access road is pretty Fort Providence Territorial Park, with birch-shaded riverfront sites.
Wander the lovely high riverside, admire the beautiful wooden church and shop for Dene handicrafts. The fishing's good: pike, walleye and sometimes grayling can be caught from the bank. Outfitters can take you out on the water; ask the folks at the Snowshoe Inn to put you in touch with an operator.