Arctic Red River, Mouth of the river of iron
Located in a picturesque setting at the confluence of the Arctic Red and Mackenzie Rivers, the permanent settlement of Tsiigehtchic was first established as an Oblate Father Catholic Mission in 1868. In the early 1870’s, a Hudson Bay Company trading post was established.
Most of the 170 Gwichya Gwich’in inhabitants still follow a traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing and trapping, and many spend extended periods of the year living “out on the land”, just as they have always done. You may notice their hunting or fishing camps near the highway as you pass through.
Tsiigehtchic offers access to the Arctic Red Heritage River, navigable without portage for some 200 km (124 miles) upstream between early June and late September. Stop in to visit the community centre, visit the local store and try some renowned Arctic Red dryfish.