Mackenzie Valley Highway Project

The Mackenzie Valley Highway will connect Northwest Territories communities to the Arctic Coast.

Quick Facts (Wrigley to Norman Wells)

  • Two-lane gravel highway
  • 321 kilometres in length
  • 40 of 42 bridges already built

Project Highlights

  • Improved intercommunity mobility, embrace social opportunities and lower the cost of living in the region.
  • More resilient transportation system in the face of climate change.
  • New economic opportunities, such as increased tourism and access for mineral and petroleum resource development.
  • The Government of the Northwest Territories is working with the various land claimant organizations to advance the project.

Current Status

  • The northernmost section of the MVH, the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway, opened to traffic on November 15, 2017
  • A 14 kilometre-long access road from Norman Wells to Canyon Creek is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, creating employment, training and business opportunities for local residents.
  • On June 27, 2018, the Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories announced $140 million for construction of the Great Bear River Bridge, planning and environmental studies for the Mackenzie Valley Highway, and construction of an access road from Wrigley to Mount Gaudet.
  • Six project phases have been identified:
  1. Construction of the Great Bear River Bridge
  2. Environmental and Planning Studies
  3. Wrigley to Mount Gaudet access road
  4. Canyon Creek to Tulita
  5. Tulita to the Sahtu-Dehcho boundary
  6. Sahtu-Dehcho boundary to Mount Gaudet access road.
  • Staff from the Department of Infrastructure visited four communities between February 25-28, 2019 to conduct engagement sessions with Indigenous governments, town and hamlet councils, industry, and community members.
    Click here to view the presentation.

  • Next steps include engaging with Indigenous governments, NWT residents, and other stakeholders, completing a business case and further planning.