On Fort Smith Highway 5, just to the east of Wood Buffalo National Park. Visitor Information Centre: located on King Street at the Fort Smith Recreation and Community Centre (867) 872-3065. The Fort Smith Wood Buffalo National Park Visitor Reception Centre is located at the Federal Building, 126 McDougal Road. The centre is open daily mid June to early September and closed on weekends the rest of the year. The wheelchair-accessible centre features a 20 minute show, exhibits, park information, backcountry registration, videos and souvenir sales (park video and park poster); Phone: (867) 872-7960; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Smith is adjacent to North American’s largest National Park, home to the biggest free roaming bison herd in the world as well as the summer nesting grounds of the rare whooping crane. It is not uncommon to see a bison or black bear on the highway into Fort Smith. The area is a great place for backpacking, day hikes, site seeing the bison and northern lights, canoeing and kayaking. There are hikes of all lengths and challenges around Fort Smith.
Four sets of impassable rapids necessitated a 27 km long portage by early travelers between Fort Fitzgerald and Fort Smith. Today you can still hike this historic route, now a part of the Transcanada Trail. Rapids of the Drowned, Mountain, Pelican and Cassette Rapids are each unique and beautiful. The Slave Rapids Monument, a tribute to the river guides and explorers who traveled the Slave in the 1700s and 1800s, is located on Park Drive, where the Rapids of the Drowned can be seen.
Within the town of Fort Smith a territorial park preserves the historic Roman Catholic Mission. The Wood Chopper’s Monument sits on the 60th parallel on the NWT and Alberta border. The Northern Life Museum showcases artifacts representing the people and history of the north. The natural history collection allows for a closer experience of the diverse wildlife and knowledgeable staff is on hand to answer questions about the town and its history. For more information contact (867) 872-2859. Other attractions in the Fort Smith Area include Salt Plains, Parson’s Lake Road, Salt River Day Use Area, Pine Lake Day Use Area and campsite, Kettle Point Campsite and Little Buffalo Falls Territorial Park.