Moving Here

Here is some helpful information that will make your move here easy and enjoyable.

Driver Requirements
If you have a vehicle, you will have to get your own private vehicle insurance.  Then a quick visit to the government offices (across the street from the Northern) to fill out the form, and you will have your driver’s license.  See NWT Drivers License for more details.


Fire Department
We have a volunteer fire department.  Consider becoming a volunteer!


Garbage & Recycling
The Village of Fort Simpson takes care of garbage removal each week.  We have a recycling depot that is open three days a week.  Just call 867-695-2600 to confirm the hours they are open.


We have a few newspapers available in Fort Simpson:



We have one provider of land line communications and that is Northwestel.  When it comes to cell phones, we have a tower in the Village and “on the hill”.  Cell phones can work to the airport, and to the ferry.  Outside this area, the cell phone ceases to work.  For those who require a cell phone outside the village area, they use a satellite phone.  ATTENTION:  UPGRADED CELL SERVICE AND A NEW TOWER TO EXPAND SERVICES announced by Northwestel for implementation in December, 2012.


We have the John Tsetso Memorial Library which is part of the NWT Public Library Services.  This means that although we are in Fort Simpson we can access all of the materials available through the public library system.  Check out the link for more information NWT Public Library Services.


Pet Information
Dogs are prevalent in Fort Simpson and as a result we have a Dog By-law.  Keep your dog leashed and cared for, and there will be no problems.  We have a Veterinary that visits Fort Simpson from time to time.


Post Office
The Canada Post office is a full service postal office which includes mail, packages, and Money Grams.


We have an enclosed summer pool, and the hours and programs are always posted around town.  We have a winter Nordic Walking Group which meets in the winter.  The DehCho Friendship Centre runs a number of different programs every year from Sewing Groups to summer program for children.  Posters around town will alert you to what is currently available.


The Northwest Territories Power Corporation provides electricity to the region and they have an office building in Fort Simpson.

Propane and fuel oil are the two main ways of heating in winter.  Two local suppliers are Superior Propane and Stittco Energy. Wood pellet stoves are gaining popularity, and wood pellets are available locally.