Fort Liard (Echaot'l Koe - “people from the land of the giants”) is nestled in a pretty valley at the junction of the Liard and Petitot rivers. The community is famous for birchbark baskets, so beautifully crafted that they're considered works of art. The Acho Dene Koe First Nation’s corporate arm provides camp and catering services, oil and gas field construction, seismic development services and equipment rentals. Tourism also features in the economy.
This growing community, a few kilometres from Highway 7, the Liard Trail, has road access to Fort Simpson to the north and Fort St. John to the south. Echo Dene School provides K-12. The Slavey language is still widely spoken here. Accommodation and groceries are available, and there is a health centre and RCMP detachment.
For more information, visit the GNWT’s Bureau of Statistics page.