Q: Where can I camp and plug in?
Across the Northwest Territories you’ll find a dozen or so RV-friendly territorial campgrounds, complete with convenient pull-through lots, electricity, running water, showers, dumping stations and amazing local sights and trails.
Q: Are any of your roads too narrow, too hilly of too soft?
Throughout the Northwest Territories you’ll find gentle grades and plenty of elbow room even for the broadest RV. The Liard Trail can get mushy after heavy rains, so ask ahead.
Q: Is there radio reception?
CBC Radio can be received near most communities along the highway, but it deteriorates quickly outside of them. You may want to bring your own music along for the ride.
Q: Will my cell phone have reception along the highway?
Only around the larger communities, not between. Hay River, Fort Smith, Fort Simpson, Yellowknife and Inuvik provide cellular service, but check with your phone company to make sure it supports Northern calling – some providers do not operate here.
Q: Rocks and dust?
Yep, on unsealed roads, flying rocks can be a problem. Some people install little screens over their headlights. Also, beware passing – and being passed – on dusty stretches. It can cause quite a smoke-screen, reducing visibility.
Q: Any other hazards?
Watch for wildlife on the road – bears, moose, lynx, and especially bison. Passing through the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary or Wood Buffalo National Park, you’re sure to encounter these one-ton beasts strolling down the road. Stop, snap photos, and let them clear the road in their own sweet time.