Fuel is readily available along Northwest Territories highways, but it’s wise to fill up at each stop, since distances between services are long, and there are only a few communities with a choice of fuel. Service stations and automobile dealers in the major centres can offer mechanical service and car washes. If you run out of gas, flag a passing motorist for help.
Where to Stay
You’ll find good campgrounds in territorial and private parks along our highways. In larger towns choose between modern hotels, motels, inns and friendly B&Bs. Even the smallest communities offer a guest house, motel or inn.
Dining Along the Way
Hay River, Yellowknife, Norman Wells and Inuvik have a wide selection of restaurants and snack bars to choose from. Fort Simpson and Fort Smith also offer some dining choices. Our smaller communities usually have snack bars, restaurants or home style cooking at service stations, grocery stores or general stores. Pack a picnic for day-use parks or campgrounds.
Yellowknife and Inuvik have well equipped regional hospitals. Hay River and Fort Smith have smaller hospitals, and most NWT communities have Health Centres with specially trained nurses who can deal with emergencies. Your provincial or territorial health care plan will provide general coverage, however foreign visitors should ensure they have emergency coverage.
Your home or international driver’s permit will normally be accepted in the Northwest Territories.