Fort Providence is a small community located on the banks of the Mackenzie River in the Northwest Territory, Canada. Situated in the southwest bottom corner of the Deh Cho Region in the Liard Valley surrounded by wildlife and rivers. Nearby communities in the Deh Cho Region include Trout Lake, Fort Liard and Enterprise.
South of the community is the Mackenzie River Ferry. To the east of the community is the protected tundra of the Mckenzie Bison Sanctuary. To the north of the community is the Northern Frontier and the capital of the Northwest Territory - Yellowknife.
The river ferry operates in the summer and an ice road forms in the winter. Both connect Fort Providence to the Frontier Highway and Yellowknife.
Fort Providence is a refueling stop for many traveling to Yellowknife on Highway #3. The next gas station is 224 kilometres away. The community is a major service stop for some while others stay awhile and explore the region.
There is a waterfront walkway in the community following the banks of the Mackenzie River with viewing benches and picnic tables. Venture off the waterfront path and explore the side streets of the village and there are a few heritage buildings. Most noticeably is the Lady of Fort Providence Church.
South of the community are a series of waterfalls which provide the region with some excellent sightseeing opportunities. Other activities enjoyed during the summer months include fishing, canoeing, boating, kayaking, hiking and camping.
During the winter months the roads, rivers and trails become snowmobile routes and ice roads. And some of the winter routes lead to ice fishing destinations.