The road between Fort Simpson and Wrigley traverses thick boreal forest, breaking only for a short ferry trip at Ndulee (daily 9–11 a.m. and 2–8 p.m.), 84 kilometers (52 miles) out of Fort Simpson.
Most of the community’s 160 residents are Slavey Dene who live a semi-traditional lifestyle. Across the Yukon River from the village is Roche qui-Trempe-à -L’eau (The Rock that Plunges into the Water), an isolated hill that has been eroded away by the river on one side, creating a sheer cliff that drops 400 meters (1,300 feet) into the water below.
The Petanea Hotel (867/581-3102, www.wrigleyhotel.com) is in a modular building that holds five guest rooms. Rates are $240 per person per day with three meals. The hotel also has a small coffee shop and a dining room that opens in the evening. Enquire here about boat rentals and tours.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition