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Top Choice River in Fort Smith

Pelican Rapids

Twelve kilometers south of Fort Smith, an old roadway leads east towards the river, with a footpath dipping down to a creek and ascending a bluff overlooking the tumultuous river. There are not that many pelicans he…
Top Choice Cafe in Fort Smith

Anna's Home Cooking

Home cooking prepared with care is the key here, with a range of mighty breakfasts, delicious salads, panini, tasty fresh juices, stone-baked pizzas and lunchtime specials such as chili. Dinner is burgers and more s…
Top Choice Light Show in Fort Smith

Dark Sky Festival

The Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society in Fort Smith runs a weekend full of events around mid-August, when the nights are dark and clear and there's tremendous potential for spotting the northern light…
Top Choice River in Fort Smith

Rapids of the Drowned

Named after a fatal 19th-century boat accident, these turbulent rapids are the northernmost pelican nesting site in the world. Walk ten minutes from the top of Portage St to observe the birds snatching fish out of t…
Museum in Fort Smith

Northern Life Museum

This museum has intriguing displays on local history, from the first Dene arrivals 10,000 years ago to the founding of the 19th-century fur-trapping post. Look out for the re-created fur-trapper home and store, plus…
Sports in Fort Smith

Slave River Paddlefest

Held on the first weekend in August, this wet ’n’ wild river festival involves paddling the Slave River, encompassing everything from flat-water canoeing to serious white water. Instructional clinics, Dene tradition…
Arts & Crafts in Fort Smith

Rusty Raven

This sweet place sells some Dene beadwork, local art, books on local attractions and ESPE faux-leather handbags. It also does decent fair-trade coffee.
Park in Fort Smith

Fort Smith Mission Historic Park

This park commemorates the days when Fort Smith was Catholicism's beachhead into the North. Self-guided tour maps are available from the visitor center.
River in Fort Smith

Cassette Rapids

The Slave River's southernmost rapids are in Fort Fitzgerald, part of Smith's Landing First Nation, 24km south of Fort Smith. Follow the road to the river and take the marked path to the rapids. There are several go…
River in Fort Smith

Mountain Rapids

Eight kilometers south of Fort Smith, towards Fort Fitzgerald, these rapids are accessible via a 2.5km dirt road just past the golf course. There are interpretative signs and a trail up a steep hill that drops down …