Highways and Ferries

The Northwest Territories highway system includes 3,835 km of all-weather highways and winter roads, four ferries and ice crossings, and over 300 bridges and major structures. 

For the most up-to-date information on highway conditions, please visit our highway conditions map, follow us on Twitter, or call our automated highway conditions phone number at 1-800-661-0750.

HIGHWAY 1

Highway 1, also known as the Mackenzie Highway, starts at the NWT/Alberta border and continues for approximately 690 kilometres to the community of Wrigley.

The first 220 kilometres are paved, as are 60 kilometres from the junction of the Liard Highway to Fort Simpson. The remainder is gravel, with portions treated for dust control.

The section of Highway 1 between the Alberta border and Enterprise has been designated as the NWT Highway of Heroes.  This designation will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by Northern soldiers, police officers, firefighters, emergency medical and rescue personnel, and other first responders who have died in the line of duty.

HIGHWAY 2

Highway 2, also known as the Hay River Highway, is a paved highway that connects Hay River to Highway 1 at Enterprise.

The highway passes through Hay River, ending on the southern shore of Great Slave Lake.

HIGHWAY 3

Highway 3, also known as the Yellowknife Highway, is a paved highway that connects to Highway 1 just south of the Deh Cho Bridge located at kilometre 23 near Fort Providence.

From Fort Providence, it continues along the western and northern shores of Great Slave Lake, past Behchokǫ̀ and on to Yellowknife.

Travellers are very likely to encounter wood bison along this highway. Drive with caution.

HIGHWAY 4

Highway 4, also known as the Ingraham Trail, extends 70 kilometres east from Yellowknife and travels through numerous parks and day use areas. 

The first 34 kilometres are paved, the remaining 36 kilometres are gravel, treated for dust control.

The end of highway 4 becomes a privately constructed and operated winter re-supply road to a number of mine sites. 

HIGHWAY 5

Highway 5, also known as the Fort Smith Highway, passes through Wood Buffalo National Park.

The first 106 kilometres are paved, as are the last 97 kilometres before reaching Fort Smith.

Travellers are very likely to encounter wood bison along this route. Drive with caution.

HIGHWAY 6

Highway 6, also known as the Fort Resolution Highway, begins at kilometre 60 of Highway 5 at the Buffalo River Junction. 

The route generally follows the shore of Great Slave Lake past the old Pine Point mining site to the community of Fort Resolution. 

The first 28 kilometres are paved, as are the 28 kilometers from Fort Resolution. 

The remaining 34 kilometres are gravel.

HIGHWAY 7

Highway 7, also known as the Liard Trail, is a gravel highway that begins at the BC border and continues north for 254 kilometres, generally following the Liard River to the junction of Highway 1.

The community of Fort Liard is located 5 kilometres off the highway, 38 kilometres north of the BC border.

Travellers are very likely to encounter wood bison along this route. Drive with caution.

HIGHWAY 8

Highway 8, also known as the Dempster Highway, is a gravel highway (except the last 10 kilometres which are paved) that starts at the Yukon/NWT border and continues for 272 kilometres to Inuvik.

The highway passes Fort McPherson at kilometre 85 and Tsiigehtchic at kilometre 142.6.

When travelling this highway, be sure to check at the visitor centres in Dawson or Inuvik for the latest road conditions, as it is a long way between service centres.

There are two river crossings en route to Inuvik. Two vehicle ferries operate during warmer months and a ice crossing is built during colder months.

HIGHWAY 10

Highway 10, also known as the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway, is a gravel highway that was the first in Canada to reach Canada's Arctic coast. 

The highway connects Inuvik with the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk and is located within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region.

When travelling this highway, be sure to plan ahead and check highway conditions, as it is a long way between service centres.

COMMUNITY ACCESS ROADS

Community access roads are part of the highway system and link communities to NWT public highways. Winter roads are open only in winter. Access roads may also connect campgrounds and other areas of importance to the highway system.

Highway 1 Highway 2 Highway 3 Highway 4

Kakisa Lake Access Road

Jean Marie River Access Road

Fort Simpson Access Road

Wrigley Access Road

Sambaa K'e Winter Road

Mackenzie Valley Winter Road

Délįne Winter Road

Colville Lake Winter Road

Hay River Service Road

Fort Providence Access Road

Behchokǫ̀ – Edzo Access Road

Behchokǫ̀ – Rae Access Road

Yellowknife City Bypass Road

Yellowknife Access Road

Gamètì Winter Road

Whatì Winter Road

Wekweètì Winter Road

Detah Access Road

Detah Ice Road (Yellowknife Bay)

Highway 5

 Highway 6 Highway 7   Highway 8

Hay River Reserve Access Road

Salt River Village Road

Little Buffalo Village Road

Fort Liard Access Road

Nahanni Butte Access Road

Fort McPherson Access Road

Inuvik Access Road

Aklavik Ice Roads

Tsiigehtchic Winter Access Road