Fort Providence is located on the Mackenzie Highway on the north bank of the Mackenzie River, near the new Deh Cho Bridge, the first bridge to span the kilometer-wide river. Fort Providence’s economy has long been based on delivering services to road travelers: everything from gas, food and lodging to cultural arts and crafts and river tours. Fort Providence is also home to a line of woven fur fashion accessories produced by Dene Fur Clouds. In the winter, trapping remains an important part of the economy while forest fire fighting is key in the summer.
The majority Aboriginal population speak Slavey and Michif as well as English. The Deh Gáh Elementary and Secondary School offers K-12. There are grocery stores, a motel, restaurants, a health centre and an RCMP detachment. There is also an attractive Territorial Park offering camping beside the Mackenzie River.
Additional community information can also be found on the LGANT site: http://fortprovidence.lgant.ca.
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