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Fort McPherson | Northwest Territories

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Fort McPherson, National Historic Site of Canada

The hill with its spectacular views has been part of traditional Teetl’it Gwich’in lands for many generations.

In 1840 John Bell of the Hudson’s Bay Company built the first Fort McPherson four miles upriver from here.

Moved to this site in 1848, it was for over fifty years the principal trading post in the Mackenzie Delta region and, after 1860 a centre of missionary activity.

In 1903 Inspector Charles Constantine established the first R.N.W.M.P. post in the western Arctic here. In the winter of 1898-99, a number of overlanders tried to use Fort McPherson as a base to reach the Klondike.

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The Lost Patrol Graves

The graves of the infamous “Lost Patrol” lie beside St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Fort McPherson. They pay homage to one of the most tragic episodes in Northern history.

In December 1910 four men from the Northwest Mounted Police left Fort McPherson on routine patrol to Dawson City in the Yukon Territory. Failing to find their way through the mountains, the patrol turned back to Fort McPherson.

By late February, when they had still not arrived at their destination, a search party was organized and set out to find them. The bodies were all found in March 1911.

Today their remains rest in the cemetery at the Anglican Church.

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Nitainlaii Territorial Park

The park is perched on a cliff overlooking the Peel River and surrounded by stands of white birch and white spruce trees.

It’s an ideal place to unwind for a few nights on the long journey up or down the Dempster.

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Fort McPherson Tent and Canvas Shop

Established in 1970, this community-based enterprise combines local traditional skills with current manufacturing and production methods to craft a wide selection of products, from canvas tents to cordura nylon travel bags to custom sewing projects.

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