Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ (Fort Simpson)?

You can drive to the community via the Dehcho Travel connection. You can also fly to the community via Air Tindi and Canadian North.

What is the best season to visit?

This depends greatly on the activities you are interested in.

If you want to enjoy winter activities like aurora viewing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more, winter is the perfect season for you. This season runs from November through April.

If you want to enjoy flightseeing in the Nahanni National Park, canoeing, camping, boat tours, fishing, hiking and more, summer is the season for you! This season typically runs from June through September.

What shall I bring with me?

If you are interested in camping, there are many amazing territorial parks along your drive. Check out the Liard Trail Route, Waterfall Route or Heritage Route for driving route options.
View all your options on the Northwest Territories Parks website.

Liard Trail Route: https://www.nwtparks.ca/explore/liard-trail
Waterfall Route: https://www.nwtparks.ca/explore/waterfalls-route
Heritage Route: https://www.nwtparks.ca/explore/heritage-route

Who organizes the tours? Locals or not?

There are local and non-local operators that offer a variety of tours. View our list of tour operators on our Visit Us page.

How do I book a tour?

Learn more on our packages page.

What type of food is available?

Options for restaurants and grocery stores can be found on our Food & Drinks page.

Can we drink local tap water?

Yes! Fort Simpson has some of the freshest water in Canada as it comes from the Mackenzie River, flowing out of Great Slave Lake with headwaters at the Peace River. At Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́/Fort Simpson, the Nácháh Dehé (Liard River) joins up with the Dehcho (Mackenzie River) and the contrast between the muddy, silt-laden water of the Nácháh Dehé (Liard River) and the clear water of the Dehcho (Mackenzie River) is apparent.

Is the place family-friendly?

Yes! There are many activities for families, the children and parents alike. Local families can be seen out and about enjoying summer on their bikes, on the beach or on-the-land enjoying nature.

Can we do a couple of days on our own and then do a short tour to learn more about the community?

Yes! Many people travel to the community on their own road trips for a variety of reasons. Our community operators are happy to offer tours at a variety of lengths from just a few hours to multiple days.

Can we organize a tour for wellness groups? Yoga and exercises?

Yes! We are happy to organize retreats for wellness and yoga groups. Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation’s Tourism Center (Opens Fall 2023) is the perfect location the find the harmony between health and spirituality.

Do we need to be of a certain level of fitness to do the canoe tours?

It depends on which trip you take! If you book a canoe trip along the Dehcho (Mackenzie River) there is very little fitness required as the equipment is delivered for you and it is not a long trip.

If you book a Nahanni River Trip there is a certain level of fitness required as there is a 1.3km portage from the campsite at the top of the falls to the launch point below. Majority of the portage is on a boardwalk, ending with approximately 300m of switchbacks.

If you do a self-guided trip you will need to take all your gear on your own, so pack light. If you book with a guided trip, your guides will take a lot of the gear for you so it is ideal to book with a guide if you are unsure of your physical abilities.

Are tour operators certified?

All the tour operators are certified.

Are prices negotiable?

Often products and pricing can be adjusted to the needs of our visitors. Contact us today to see what we can do to meet your needs today.

Where is the closest airport?

The Fort Simpson Airport is located 14km outside of the community so you will require a pick-up. If you just want a ride into town, you need to book ahead of time with Double A Ventures.

Can we drive there?

Yes! You can drive various different routes, check out the Dehcho Travel Connection for all the information on how to drive here.

Is there a cell phone signal all the way?

The cell signal is limited to the communities only.

Where is the closest city?

The closest city is the only city in the NWT, that place is called Yellowknife. It is located 630km from Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ (Fort Simpson), the drive is about six hours with Fort Providence and the Big River gas station located at the halfway mark.

What can we buy there?

Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ (Fort Simpson) has all the essentials including a grocery store, convenience store, restaurants and a liquor store. If you want to cook your own meals, you can bring fresh fruits and vegetables as the supply may be low. The store has the basic amenities so if you have dietary restrictions, you will need to bring in your own special products.