Highways, Ferries, and Winter Roads

Winter Roads Open and Close Dates

  • For current open and close information, visit our highway conditions page.
  • For the historical open and close dates of all NWT winter roads, ice roads, and ice crossings from 1993 to 2018, click here.

Winter Roads

  • Colville Lake Winter Road
    15-year average opening date: December 22
    15-year average closing date: April 2

  • Délįne Winter Road
    20-year average opening date: January 17
    20-year average closing date: March 30

  • Gamètì Winter Road
    20-year average opening date: February 18
    20-year average closing date: April 15

  • Nahanni Butte Winter Road
    20-year average opening date: December 11

    20-year average closing date: March 30

  • Norman Wells to Fort Good Hope Winter Road (Highway #1)
    20-year average opening date: December 23

    20-year average closing date: April 1

  • Sambaa K'e Winter Road
    20-year average opening date: December 23
    20-year average closing date: March 27

  • Tulita to Norman Wells Winter Road (Highway #1)
    20-year average opening date: December 27
    20-year average closing date: April 1

  • Wekweètì Winter Road
    8-year average opening date: March 3
    8-year average closing date: April 13

  • Whatì Winter Road
    20-year average opening date: January 28

    20-year average closing date: April 15

  • Wrigley to Tulita Winter Road (Highway #1)
    20-year average opening date: December 27

    20-year average closing date: March 28


Ice Roads

  • Aklavik Ice Road
    20-year average opening date: December 21
    20-year average closing date: April 28
  • Dettah Ice Road
    20-year average opening date: December 23
    20-year average closing date: April 16

Ice Crossings

  • Liard River Ice Crossing at Fort Simpson
    20-year average opening date: November 29

    20-year average closing date: April 22

  • Mackenzie River Ice Crossing at Tsiighetchic
    20-year average opening date: November 23

    20-year average closing date: May 5

  • Mackenzie River Ice Crossing at Camsell Bend
    20-year average opening date: December 15

    20-year average closing date: April 22

  • Peel River Ice Crossing
    20-year average opening date: December 3
    20-year average closing date: May 6


Private Mining Road

  • Tibbitt-Contwoyto Winter Road
    20-year average opening date: January 30
    20-year average closing date: April 1