Highways and Ferries

Winter Roads Open and Close Dates

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
  • Detah 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