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Your options in Fort Chip are notably few, but there are a couple of comfortable places. Bordering on cozy, in fact, is the Wah Pun B&B (tel. 780/697-3030), operated by Archie Waquan, the former chief of the Athabasca Tribal Council, and his wife Dawn. Archie lives well, in a large split-level home with satellite TV and high-speed Internet; behind his house, shouldering up to the dense bush that his property sits against, Archie has built several cabins that he rents to guests long- and short-term (Archie says that writers in particular like his cabins -- dead quiet and free of distraction). The food is nothing short of great for so remote a location; if you ask nicely, Archie and his family might prepare some wild game for you, like moose or elk. If that's not to your liking, Archie operates the only pizzeria in Fort Chip in one of his buildings out back, complete with high-grade commercial pizza ovens. Doubles start at C$120; call for seasonal rates. Another good B&B option is the Northern Lights B&B (tel. 780/697-3053; www.fortchip.com), a comfortable choice with excellent food in the center of town. Rates range from C$110-C$140.

More standard accommodation is available at the Fort Chipewyan Lodge (tel. 780/697-3679; www.fortchipewyanlodge.com). The only de facto hotel in town, the Lodge offers basic hotel rooms in a large wooden lodge building with 6m-high (20 ft.) windows facing Lake Athabasca from its restaurant, where you'll find standard, somewhat greasy fare like hot turkey sandwiches, club sandwiches, and an array of deep-fried goodies. Doubles start at C$135. Note: As of summer 2008 the lodge was for sale, so be sure to call well in advance to make sure the lodge is operating.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.