Fort Liard

Population: 584

Fort Liard is located on the Liard Trail, 131 miles north of Fort Nelson, BC, and 176 miles south of Fort Simpson, NT. 

Visitor Information: Hamlet of Fort Liard, General Delivery, Fort Liard, NT, Canada X0G 0A0; phone 867-770-4104.

The North West Co. established a trading post near present-day Fort Liard in 1805. The post was abandoned after the massacre of more than a dozen residents by Indians. It was taken over by the Hudson’s Bay Co. in 1821 and re-established in 1822. Today, this small, well-laid-out settlement of traditional log homes and new modern housing supports a comparatively traditional lifestyle of hunting, trapping, fishing and making handicrafts. Recently, oil, gas and forestry have created a rise in the local economy.

Visitor services include lodging, groceries, ATM, post office, hardware and sundries at the Liard Valley General Store and Motel (at the far end of Main Street). Gas, diesel, propane and fishing and hunting licenses available at the Fort Liard Fuel Centre which also has the Sisters Cafe, crafts and groceries. There is no bank in Fort Liard.

Attractions:

  • Fishing for pike, pickerel, goldeye and spring grayling at the confluence of the Liard and Petitot rivers.
  • Air charters to Trout Lake, Virginia Falls, Nahanni National Park, Nahanni Butte and other destinations.
  • Check out the Acho Dene Native Crafts Store for birch-bark baskets and porcupine quill arts and crafts. This store doubles as the visitor centre. Note: closed Sundays.