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This is a list of National Historic Sites (French: Lieux historiques nationaux du Canada) in the territory of Northwest Territories. There are 12 National Historic Sites designated in the Northwest Territories, of which one (Sahoyúé-§ehdacho) is administered by Parks Canada (identified below by the beaver icon Beaver 1 (PSF)(retouched)(transparent).png).[1][2] The first National Historic Site to be designated in the Northwest Territories was Parry's Rock Wintering Site in 1930.

A number of National Historic Events also occurred in the Northwest Territories, and are identified at places associated with them, using the same style of federal plaque which marks National Historic Sites. Several National Historic Persons are commemorated in the same way. The markers do not indicate which designation—a Site, Event, or Person—a subject has been given.

This list uses names designated by the national Historic Sites and Monuments Board, which may differ from other names for these sites.

National Historic Sites

Site Date(s) Designated Location Description Image
Church of Our Lady of Good Hope[3] 1885 (completed) 1977 Fort Good Hope
66°15′6.84″N 128°38′38.04″W / 66.2519000°N 128.6439000°W / 66.2519000; -128.6439000 (Church of Our Lady of Good Hope)
Early northern Oblate mission church, illustrative of northern mission churches in a simplified version of the Gothic Revival Style; one of the oldest surviving buildings of this type
interior of Church of Our Lady of Good Hope
Déline Fishery / Franklin's Fort[4] 1825-7 (wintering site) 1996 Deline
65°11′11″N 123°24′57″W / 65.18639°N 123.41583°W / 65.18639; -123.41583 (Déline Fishery / Franklin's Fort)
The archaeological remains of a fort on the site of a traditional seasonal fishery, constructed as the wintering quarters of Sir John Franklin and his second expedition; symbolic of the 19th-century relationship between Aboriginal people in the north and Euro-Canadian exploration parties
Ehdaa[5] 2002 Fort Simpson
61°51′33″N 121°20′35″W / 61.85917°N 121.34306°W / 61.85917; -121.34306 (Ehdaa)
Traditional gathering site for the Dene which continues to be used for important events, including the signing of Treaty 11 in 1921 and Pope John Paul II's visit in 1987
People gathered at Ehdaa
Fort McPherson[6] 1840 (established) 1969 Fort McPherson
67°26′7″N 134°52′55″W / 67.43528°N 134.88194°W / 67.43528; -134.88194 (Fort McPherson)
The principal Hudson's Bay Company trading post in the MacKenzie Delta region for over 50 years, and a centre of missionary activity; the first North-West Mounted Police post in the Western Arctic
The wooden church and a maple leaf flag on a flagpole at Fort McPherson
Fort Reliance[7] 1833 (established) 1953 Great Slave Lake
62°42′46″N 109°9′53″W / 62.71278°N 109.16472°W / 62.71278; -109.16472 (Fort Reliance)
The remains of a Hudson’s Bay Company fort built as a base of operations for an expedition by George Back, and later used as a trading post in the 1850s
Fort Resolution[8] 1819 (established) 1973 Fort Resolution
61°10′14″N 113°40′16″W / 61.17056°N 113.67111°W / 61.17056; -113.67111 (Fort Resolution)
A small, rectangular-shaped peninsula on which first stood a North West Company fur post and later a Hudson’s Bay Company store; the oldest continuously occupied place in the Northwest Territories with origins in the fur trade
Great Slave Lake at Fort Resolution
Fort Simpson[9] 1804 (established) 1969 Fort Simpson
61°51′36″N 121°20′37″W / 61.86000°N 121.34361°W / 61.86000; -121.34361 (Fort Simpson)
A traditional aboriginal meeting place at the junction of the Liard and Mackenzie Rivers where the North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company constructed trading posts
Mackenzie River from Fort Simpson
Hay River Mission Sites[10] 1868 (established) 1992 Hay River Reserve
60°51′28″N 115°43′26″W / 60.85778°N 115.72389°W / 60.85778; -115.72389 (Hay River Mission Sites)
A complex of mission buildings and associated cemeteries; the missions were located at the centre of a 4,000-kilometre (2,500 mi) inland water route, and are symbolic of the meeting of Dene and European cultures
View of the side facade of Ste. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, with corner towers and projecting spire, and teepees
Kittigazuit Archaeological Sites[11] 1400 c.(occupation begins) 1978 Inuvik Region
69°20′25″N 133°41′50″W / 69.34028°N 133.69722°W / 69.34028; -133.69722 (Kittigazuit Archaeological Sites)
An archaeological site on Kittigazuit Island, occupied continuously circa 1400 to 1900 and the location of the largest known seasonal gatherings of Inuit in Northern Canada; traditional Beluga hunting station by the ancestors of today's occupants of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk
Kittigazuit photographed by Isaac O. Stringer, circa 1910
Nagwichoonjik (Mackenzie River)[12] 1997 Tsiigehtchic
67°27′9″N 133°44′54″W / 67.45250°N 133.74833°W / 67.45250; -133.74833 (Nagwichoonjik (Mackenzie River))
A cultural landscape of cultural, social and spiritual significance, along the section of the Mackenzie River which traverses the traditional lands of the Gwichya Gwich'in
Parry's Rock Wintering Site[13] 1819 (wintering site) 1930 Melville Island
74°46′2″N 110°38′8″W / 74.76722°N 110.63556°W / 74.76722; -110.63556 (Parry's Rock Wintering Site)
A large sandstone rock, approximately 5.5 metres (18 ft) long and 3 metres (9.8 ft) high, marking the 1819 wintering site of William Parry's expedition of the Northwest Passage
A group of men standing in front of Parry
Saoyú-ʔehdachoBeaver 1 (PSF)(retouched)(transparent).png[14][15] 1997 Great Bear Lake
65°20′0.63″N 121°0′5.9″W / 65.3335083°N 121.001639°W / 65.3335083; -121.001639 (Sahoyúé-§ehdacho)
A sacred site for the Sahtu people; the largest National Historic Site (approximately the size of Prince Edward Island) and the first one designated and acquired through consultation with Aboriginal peoples

See also


  1. ^ "Northwest Territories". Directory of Federal Heritage Designations. Parks Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Northwest Territories". National Historic Sites of Canada - administered by Parks Canada. Parks Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  3. ^ Church of Our Lady of Good Hope. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  4. ^ Déline Fishery / Franklin's Fort. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  5. ^ Ehdaa. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  6. ^ Fort McPherson. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  7. ^ Fort Reliance. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  8. ^ Fort Resolution. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  9. ^ Fort Simpson. Directory of Federal Heritage Designations. Parks Canada. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  10. ^ Hay River Mission Sites. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  11. ^ Kittigazuit Archaeological Sites. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  12. ^ Nagwichoonjik (Mackenzie River). Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  13. ^ Parry's Rock Wintering Site. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  14. ^ Sahoyúé-§ehdacho. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Backgrounder". Signing of Memorandum of Understanding for Permanent Protection of Sahoyúé §ehdacho National Historic Site of Canada. Parks Canada. 11 March 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.