Highways and Ferries

Travel Planning 

Always have a travel plan when driving on NWT highways. Know where to get fuel, where the nearest repair facilities are, and what the hours of operation are.

Check road conditions by visiting our highway conditions page or by calling 1-800-661-0750.

Be aware that at the beginning and end of the ferry operating season, ice conditions and fluctuating water levels may shut down services with little or no notice. Similarily, at the end of the winter road and ice crossing season, some roads may shut down with little to no notice. 

PDF iconMackenzie Valley Winter Road - Safety Booklet

PDF iconNorthwest Territories Highway System Map

Highway Conditions

  • Highway conditions are updated 24/7 on our website. Click the highway, ferry, or ice crossing you are interested in to find more information. If the ferry or ice crossing is closed, the icon will be red.
  • Call 1-800-661-0750 any time.
  • Follow us on Twitter for updates.

Emergency Services

  • The RCMP provide highway emergency assistance. Call (867) (3-digit local exchange)-1111. For example, in Yellowknife, the number is (867) 873-1111 and in Hay River the number is (867) 874-1111.
  • Please note that cellular coverage along some sections of highways and in some communities is limited or non-existent.

Safety Tips

  • Wear your seat belt and keep your headlights on at all times. It’s the law in the Northwest Territories.
  • Drive with caution and always be aware of conditions.
  • Carry a spare tire, first aid kit, tow rope, flare, ax, knife, matches, candles, and extra fuel.
  • Keep your vehicles in good mechanical condition.
  • Fit your headlights with wire mesh or plastic protectors.
  • Reduce your speed when approaching other vehicles: this reduces dust and flying stones.
  • Carry extra food and water.
  • Bring seasonally appropriate gear: windshield cleaner and insect repellent in summer, extra warm clothes and sleeping bags in winter.