On the traditional territory of the Cree, Dene, and Métis people, a North West Company trading post was established at the southwestern corner of Lake Athabasca in 1788. The community of Fort Chipewyan has existed here ever since, and is the oldest European settlement in Alberta. Nestled in the spectacular natural beauty of the Peace-Athabasca Delta and the Canadian Shield, the quiet location offers a glimpse into what life would have been like hundreds of years ago.
Fort Chipewyan is a vibrant Indigenous community with about 1000 residents, many of whom are members of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, or Fort Chipewyan Métis. Discover time-honoured traditions, a natural and authentic way of life, expressed by their love for the land and water.
Be sure to visit the Fort Chipewyan Bicentennial Museum and historic displays depict the key role Fort Chipewyan played in Canada’s early exploration and fur trade. Fort Chipewyan is also a launch point for your adventures into Wood Buffalo National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the world's largest free roaming herd of buffalo and over 200 species of migratory birds, including the rare whooping crane.
Located roughly 300 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, the community can only be accessed by plane or boat in the summer or by winter road in the winter. For more about driving to Fort Chipewyan, check out: Winter Road Experience
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