Highways and Ferries

Ferries

There are four vehicle and passenger ferries that operate as part of the Northwest Territories highway system. 

  • For historical open and close dates, please refer to the information below. 
  • For current open and close ferry information, visit our our highway conditions page.

Arctic Red River/Mackenzie River Ferry (Highway 8)

Vessel Name: MV Louis Cardinal
Daily schedule: 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
15-year average open date: June 2
15-year average close date: October 25

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
  • Capacity: 16 Vehicles (approximately) 

Liard River Ferry (Highway 1)


Vessel name: M.V. Lafferty
Daily schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
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  
  • Capacity: 14 vehicles (approximately)

Mackenzie River/N'Dulee Ferry (Highway 1)

Vessel Name: MV Johnny Berens
Daily schedule: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
15-year average open date: May 23
15-year average close date: November 1

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  
  • Capacity
    • 8 Vehicles (approximately) 

Peel River Ferry (Highway 8)


Vessel Name: Abraham Francis
Daily schedule: 9:15 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
15-year average open date: June 2
15-year average close date: October 28

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  
  • Capacity
    • 8 vehicles (approximately)