Community Profile

Community Profile

Nestled on the northwest shore of Lake Athabasca, Fort Chipewyan is one of the most northern communities in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Isolated by nature, Fort Chipewyan can only be accessed by plane or boat in the summer and by a winter road in the winter. Established as a trading post in 1788 by the Northwest Trading Company, Fort Chipewyan is the oldest settlement in all of Alberta. More than 230 years later, trapping and fishing are still activities enjoyed by residents of Fort Chipewyan.

With 1,261 residents, Fort Chipewyan is the second largest community in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Many of the residents of Fort Chipewyan are Mikisew Cree First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and Métis.


Predominant Language: English, Cree and Dené

Nearest Town/City: Fort McMurray

Services: Athabasca Delta Community School, Fort Chipewyan Municipal Office, Archie Simpson Arena, Syncrude Youth Centre, Mamawi Community Hall, Nunee Health Authority, Fort Chipewyan Fire Department, social and community development coordinator, fitness room, winter road, swimming pool set to open in fall 2016, Keyano College Campus, Wood Buffalo Regional Library and Lake Athabasca Youth Council.  

Recreation: Fishing, hunting, trapping, hiking, quadding, snowmobiling, hockey, public skating, fitness, exercise programs and youth programs.

Attractions: Peace-Athabasca Delta, Lake Athabasca, Wood Buffalo National Park, Fidler-Greywillow Wildland Provincial Park, Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park, Bicentennial Museum, Egg Island Ecological Reserve and sport fishing camps.

Banking: ATM machines available in Fort Chipewyan. The following banks are available in Fort McMurray:

Alberta Treasury Branch, TD Bank, Royal Bank, CIBC, Bank of Montreal, Scotia Bank, Servus Credit Union, Meridian Credit Union.

Media: Chip Chat, Northern Journal newspaper, 99.9 FM CBC Radio One, 89.9 FM CFWE Radio.