Fort McPherson

Population: 791

Fort McPherson is located on the Dempster Highway, 115 miles south of Inuvik on the Peel River. 

Visitor Information: Hamlet of Fort McPherson at Box 57, Fort McPherson, NT Canada X0E 0J0; phone 867-952-2428.

Fort McPherson was named in 1848 for Murdoch McPherson, chief trader of the Hudson’s Bay Co., which had established its first posts in the area 8 years before.

Today, this Dene Indian settlement depends on subsistence fishing and hunting, trapping (mostly muskrat and mink), handicrafts, government employment, and commercial enterprises.

Visitor services include lodging at a co-op hotel; dining at a cafe; a gas station and tire repair shop; and 2 general stores. Camping near town at Nitainlaii Territorial Park.


  • Photos and artifacts depicting the history and way of life of the community are displayed in the Chief Julius School.
  • Visit the Fort McPherson Tent & Canvas Factory.
  • Buried in the cemetery outside the Anglican church is the Lost Patrol Gravesite: Inspector Francis J. Fitzgerald and 3 men from the ill-fated North West Mounted Police patrol of 1910–1911 between Fort McPherson and Dawson.
  • Wildlife watching, adventure tours and canoe trips along the Peel River.


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