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Facts About Fort Simpson
The Village of Fort Simpson was a permanent settlement in July 1822 when the Hudson’s Bay Company constructed a trading post, naming it for George Simpson, then the Governor of Rupert’s Land.
Fort Simpson is a village, the only one in the entire territory, in the Dehcho Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada.
Fort Simpson is the regional centre of the Dehcho and is the gateway to the scenic South Nahanni River and the Nahanni National Park Reserve.
Fort Simpson is 169 m above sea level.
The Mackenzie Highway was extended to Fort Simpson in 1970-71.
Fort Simpson was first started as a fur trading site in 1803 then named Fort of the Forks.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Fort Simpson was 36.6 °C (97.9 °F) on 25 July 1994 and 13 July 2014. The coldest temperature ever recorded was −56.1 °C (−69 °F) on 1 February 1947.
The Estimated Population of Fort Simpson is 1,202.
Pope John Paul II attempted to visit the community in September 1984 as part of his Canadian tour but was prevented from landing due to fog.
There are two main annual festivals that occur in Fort Simpson: Beavertail Jamboree & Open Sky Festival.