Transportation

Winter Roads

Check conditions and have a travel plan before you travel.

Winter roads significantly increase access to smaller and remote communities. Improved transportation infrastructure improves mobility. People can choose to leave their communities and return at any time for recreation, purchases, training, and employment.

This improved mobility helps make remote and small communities less isolated and better able to sustain themselves by reducing the cost of living and increasing connections to each other. In addition, communities are able to more fully develop their tourism potential, increasing the potential for local employment.

For the most up-to-date information on winter road conditions, please call our automated Road and Ferry conditions phone number: 1-800-661-0750. You can also follow us on Twitter to get the latest news.

For detailed statistical information on the annual opening and closing dates of all Northwest Territories winter roads, please click here.

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Historical Open / Close Dates

WINTER ROAD

OPEN (15-year average)

CLOSE (15-year average)

Mackenzie Valley Wrigley to Tulita: January 1
Tulita to Norman Wells: December 29
Norman Wells to Fort Good Hope: Dec 24
Access road to Deline: January 18
Fort Good Hope to Colville Lake: N/A
Wrigley to Tulita: March 28
Tulita to Norman Wells: April 1
Norman Wells to Fort Good Hope: April 2
Access road to Deline: March 30
Fort Good Hope to Colville Lake: N/A
Tlicho Whati access road: January 28
Gameti access road: February 20
Wekweeti access road: March 7
Whati access road: April 16
Gameti access road: April 15
Wekweeti access road: April 14
Mackenzie Delta  Ice road to Tuktoyaktuk: December 16
Ice road to Aklavik: December 24
Ice road to Tuktoyaktuk: April 28
Ice road to Aklavik: April 29
Dettah Winter Road December 21 April 21
Nahanni Butte Winter Road December 9 March 28
Trout Lake Winter Road December 24 March 26

Additional Info 


WINTER ROAD OPEN (15-year average) CLOSE (15-year average)
Mackenzie Valley To Tulita: January 1
To Norman Wells: December 29
To Fort Good Hope: December 24
To Deline: January 18
To Colville Lake: N/A
To Tulita: March 28
To Norman Wells: April 1
To Fort Good Hope: December 24
To Deline: March 30
To Colville Lake: N/A
Tlicho
Mackenzie Delta
Dettah
Nahanni Butte
Trout Lake
WINTER ROAD OPEN (15-year average) CLOSE (15-year average)
Mackenzie Valley To Tulita: January 1
To Norman Wells: December 29
To Fort Good Hope: December 24
To Deline: January 18
To Colville Lake: N/A
To Tulita: March 28
To Norman Wells: April 1
To Fort Good Hope: December 24
To Deline: March 30
To Colville Lake: N/A
Tlicho
Mackenzie Delta
Dettah
Nahanni Butte
Trout Lake