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Hosting families in northern Canada
Posted February 7th, 2011 - 6:43 am by from Fort Smith, Canada (Permalink)
Hi there,

I posted this in the Families Welcome group, but thought I'd re-post it here, in case people look here first.

My name is Kirsten, my husband is Kris, and we have 2 boys, ages 5 and 7. We live in Fort Smith, a small friendly town in the Northwest Territories of Canada. It is very much "off the beaten track" so I thought I should introduce us, in case any of you are looking for inspiration for a trip...

Our town is surrounded by wilderness, and there are some neat things to see around here. The rapids of the Slave River are world-class - I've done a lot of travelling, and these rapids are one of the most beautiful and impressive things I've ever seen. Also great for whitewater kayaking.

We teach kayaking with the local paddling club, and we have access to children's kayaks (we have 2, and the club has more), so we can take families out paddling (on calm, safe water).

Fort Smith is also a great place to view bison, pelicans, and sometimes bears. There's a beautiful lake outside of town for camping, and great northern lights in the fall or winter (although you can't predict when they'll come out, so you might not see them).

We are far north, so we have lots of daylight in summer, and lots of darkness in winter - it's neat to experience that! It does get very cold here in winter, but it's also sunny.

Our town is very hard to get to without a car. It's a 17-hour drive north of Edmonton (2 days with kids), and that is the best way to get here.

Anyways, check out my profile for more info about our house and our family, but if you are looking for a unique place to travel, this is an option! We'd love to host other families!


Posted February 8th, 2011 - 8:52 pm by from Biel/Bienne, Switzerland (Permalink)
Hi Kirsten,

You make us wanna get out of here, it's been too long we could not go on a trip. But I guess the next trip will rather go south, getting some sun. BUT, we'll keep you in mind, I am not kidding!

Greetings from Montreal,
Pablo, Chantal, Tea and Cira

Posted December 14th, 2013 - 6:28 am by from Fort Saint John, Canada (Permalink)
I think we are probably the closest to you in Fort St John BC. Not sure how long of a drive from here. . .my best guess is about 7 hours?