Highways, Ferries, and Winter Roads

Ferries

COVID-19 Impact on Ferry Season

Some restrictions will be in place this sailing season to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Each ferry has a passenger limit (see the chart below).
  • All passengers will be required to stay in their vehicle during the crossing.
  • To request access to washroom facilities, passengers must alert staff by honking their vehicle horn.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices will be introduced and undertaken throughout the day in between crossings.
  • Passengers waiting on shore are asked to maintain physical distance from others.

Each ferry will operate on-demand during the following hours:

Crossing

Highway

Maximum passengers

Hours of Operation

Liard River

(MV Lafferty)

Highway 1

10

8:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Mackenzie River/N'Dulee

(MV Johnny Berens)

Highway 1

10

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Peel River
 

(CF Abraham Francis)

Highway 8

20

9:15 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.

Arctic Red River/Mackenzie River

(MV Louis Cardinal)

Highway 8

25

8:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Each ferry will begin operating when water and ice conditions are safe to do so. The GNWT will monitor both ferry activity and the changing environment surrounding COVID-19 and will modify hours as required.

For the latest highway condition information, including the status of ferries, visit the GNWT’s highway conditions map or visit @GNWT_INF on Twitter.

Arctic Red River/Mackenzie River Ferry (Highway 8)

Vessel Name: MV Louis Cardinal
15-year average open date: May 31
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)


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

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)

Vessel Name: MV Johnny Berens
15-year average open date: May 21
15-year average close date: November 2

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)


Vessel Name: Abraham Francis
15-year average open date: June 1
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