Transportation

Highway 1

Check conditions and have a travel plan before you travel. 



  • The Mackenzie Highway, the longest in the Northwest Territories, starts at the NWT/Alberta border and continues for approximately 690 kilometres to the community of Wrigley.
  • The first 220 kilometres are paved, as are 60 kilometres from the junction of the Liard Highway to Fort Simpson. The remainder is gravel, with portions treated for dust control.
  • During the winter months, the Mackenzie Valley winter road system extends from Wrigley to Colville Lake. This provides a critical transportation link to all five Sahtu communities to allow for goods to be transported over land. The road is constructed by clearing a route across the frozen ground and is monitored carefully.
  • The section of Highway 1 between the Alberta border and Enterprise has been designated as the NWT Highway of Heroes.  This designation will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by Northern soldiers, police officers, firefighters, emergency medical and rescue personnel, and other first responders who have died in the line of duty.


Ferries 

MV Lafferty
KM 457
Liard River near Fort Simpson

MV Johnny Berens 
KM 548
Mackenzie River N’Dulee Crossing

  • Service begins mid- to late May and ends in late October, and is on demand between 8am and 11:45pm.
  • This crossing is subject to extreme high and low water level fluctuations that may cause delays.
  • The ice crossing normally opens to small vehicles in late November, to larger vehicles in early January, and closes in mid-April.

    Click here for historical opening and closing dates.
  • Service begins late May and ends late October, and is on demand from 9-11am and 2-8pm.
  • The ice crossing normally opens to small vehicles in mid-December, to larger vehicles in mid-January, and closes in mid-April.

    Click here for historical opening and closing dates.