The Mackenzie River


The Mackenzie River

The Mackenzie River is the world’s 10th largest river. It is sometimes called the Amazon of the north. The Mackenzie:

  • starts at Great Slave Lake
  • meanders north and west for 1,060 miles to the Mackenzie Delta at Inuvik
  • transports one fifth of Canada’s fresh water
  • drains an area twice the size of Ontario
  • is too wide to bridge; it is almost 4 miles wide in some spots
  • ferries are used to transport vehicles across the river
  • gathers the water of a hundred mountain rivers

The Mackenzie River passes by the:

  • Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary
  • Lower Mackenzie River Islands Bird Sanctuary

and the communities of:

  • Fort Providence
  • Fort Simpson
  • Wrigley
  • Tulita (formerly Fort Norman)
  • Norman Wells
  • Fort Good Hope
  • Tsiigetchic
  • Inuvik

on its way to the Mackenzie Delta and the Beaufort Sea.


Aerial Map


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