Accessed by a 27 kilometre all-weather road, Jean Marie River First Nation is located on the banks of the mighty Mackenzie River and is home to some 70-plus year round residents. It is about 127 kilometres east of Fort Simpson and 354 kilometres west of the Town of Hay River.


The community has short, mild summers and long, cold winters. The average daily temperature in July is just under 24°C; and, the average maximum temperature in January is between -21 and -30°C.


There are three main ways to get to Jean Marie River (JMR), depending on the season. Driving is the most popular. Access is along the Mackenzie Highway, 197 kilometres from Fort Providence and 127 kilometres from Fort Simpson. There are no gas stations along the highway taking either of these routes. It is always best to bring extra gas on northern highways.

You can charter a plane from Fort Simpson – not an inexpensive choice but the view is spectacular! Your options are: Simpson Air (1-866-995-2505 or/ 867-695-2505); or, Wolverine Air (867-695-2007).


Lucy’s B&B is currently the only available accommodation in Jean Marie River. It is locally owned and operated by Lucy and Isadore Simon and can sleep up to five people comfortably. Rooms are available with or without meals. For more information and to make reservations, please contact (867) 809-2031.

Political Structure

Jean Marie River is governed by the Tthets’ek’ehdeli Dene Band Council. The council consists of an elected chief and six councilors and meets on a monthly basis. The band’s affairs are administered by the SAO who also maintains the Council’s meeting agendas and minutes. These documents are secure and are available to members only [hyperlink to Members Only portion]. You will require a password, also available from the SAO.

Source: Interviews with members