Highways, Ferries, and Winter Roads

Ferries

Ferries are open for the season.

Visit our highway conditions page for the latest information.

For historical ferry open and close dates, click here.

Arctic Red River/Mackenzie River Ferry (Highway 8)
Open for Spring/Summer 2021

Vessel Name: MV Louis Cardinal
15-year average open date: May 30
15-year average close date: November 8

Technical Information

  • Crossing distance: 900 metres          
  • Time to cross: 8 minutes
  • Built: 1972 (midlife refit in 1987)     
  • Gross tonnage: 241.11                                  
  • Deck length: 38.1 metres     
  • Ramp clearance: 6 metres   
  • Draft: 2.21 metres    
  • Overhead restriction: 5.9 meters

Liard River Ferry (Highway 1)
Open for Spring/Summer 2021


Vessel name: M.V. Lafferty
15-year average open date: May 13
15-year average close date: November 3

Hours of Operation:
Operating on demand every 30 minutes between:

8 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.

Technical Information:

  • Type of ferry: Propeller ferry
  • Crossing distance: 731 metres          
  • Time to cross: 10 minutes
  • Built: 1993    
  • Gross tonnage: 314.23                     
  • Deck length: 127.3 metres   
  • Ramp clearance: 6.54 metres          
  • Draft: .95 metres    
  • Overhead restriction: none  

Mackenzie River/N'Dulee Ferry (Highway 1)
Open for Spring/Summer 2021

Vessel Name: MV Johnny Berens
15-year average open date: May 22
15-year average close date: November 1

Hours of Operation:
Operating on demand every 30 minutes between:

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
2 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Technical Information:

  • Type of ferry: Propeller ferry
  • Crossing distance: 1097 metres        
  • Time to cross: 12 minutes
  • Built: 1961 (midlife refit in 1999)     
  • Gross tonnage: 104.65                                 
  • Deck length: 23.4 metres     
  • Ramp clearance: 4.8 metres
  • Draft: 1.6 metres    
  • Overhead restriction: none  

Peel River Ferry (Highway 8)
Open for Spring/Summer 2021


Vessel Name: Abraham Francis
15-year average open date: June 2
15-year average close date: November 8

Technical Information:

  • Type of ferry: Cable ferry
  • Crossing distance: 600 metres          
  • Time to cross: 5 minutes
  • Built: 1981    
  • Gross tonnage: 128.22         
  • Deck length: 23.7 metres     
  • Ramp clearance: 5.9 metres
  • Draft: 1.6 metres    
  • Overhead restriction: none