Road Trips

Choose a highway and go

Each of our six road routes offers a different perspective on the Northwest Territories. For the adventure of a lifetime, drive the 730 km Dempster Highway from Dawson City, Yukon, to Inuvik in the Mackenzie Delta.  In the southern Northwest Territories, head east and south to Wood Buffalo National Park, and the Slave River rapids at Fort Smith. Take the Deh Cho Travel Connection route to visit a series of waterfalls and hiking trails, and stop at Fort Simpson, gateway to Nahanni. Head north, crossing the Deh Cho Bridge toward Yellowknife on the north shore of Great Slave Lake. For road tour information and campgrounds en route visit nwtparks.ca

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Wood Buffalo National Park

Wood Buffalo National Park Bigger than Switzerland, this is Canada’s largest park – and maybe its most intriguing. Founded to protect the Western Hemisphere’s mos hefty land animal, the rare wood bison, the park bestrides the NWT/Alberta border, taking in sweeping...

CHAN LAKE TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

Approximately haflway between Fort Providence and Behchoko, in the heart of the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary, this roadside day-use park offers a kithcen shelter and picnic area.   

CAMERON RIVER CROSSING TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

This Ingraham Trail day-use area features washrooms, a picnic area, a lookout, trails and fishing.   

DORY POINT TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

Located on the south bank of the mighty Mackenzie River where it empties out of Great Slave Lake, just a short way from the Mackenzie River ferry crossing at Fort Providence, this us great spot to take a break before continuing your journey north or south. You'll find washooms, a picnic...

TETLIT GWINJIK TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

You'll find interpretive displays at this fine lookout along the Dempster Highway.   

Deh Cho Bridge

The Deh Cho Bridge near Fort Providence is the only bridge to straddle Canada’s biggest river, the Mackenzie. It's twice as long as any other bridge in Northern Canada. It was also the costliest piece of infrastructure in territorial history, with a price tag of $202 million. RIsing...

Fort Providence Territorial Campground

Perched on the banks of the Mackenzie, this placid, timber-shrouded campground is an ideal basecamp for fishing the big river and exploring the town of Fort Providence, three kilometres downstream. You’ll find powered campsites, potable water, showers, picnic tables, fire grates – and incredible...

Dory Point Day Use Area

For roadtrippers, this is an ideal spot to stretch your legs, lay out a picnic and enjoy your first glimpse of the big Mackenzie River as it begins its 1,750-kilometre odyssey to the Arctic Ocean. Situated just a few kilometres shy of the Dehcho Bridge and the community of Fort Providence, Dory...

Louise Falls

A four-kilometre dayhike downriver from Alexandra Falls or upriver from Enterprise, this tiered, 15-metre-high cataract in the Hay River Canyon can be viewed from one of the finest (and most popular) campgrounds in the Northwest Territories. 

Alexandra Falls

A mandatory stop on the drive North of Sixty, this booming, 10-storey spillover on the Hay River is the centerpiece of Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park, not far from Enterprise. Shockingly, in 2003, an American daredevil kayaked the falls – and lived.

Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park

One of the most popular parks in the Northwest Territories, Twin Falls boasts a wealth of attractions. The park, 75 kilometres north of the Alberta border, stretches along the rim of Twin Falls Gorge, encompassing 32-metre-high Alexnadra Falls, where the Hay River plunges into a deep...

Hay River Gorge

Just a few dozen metres from the heart of Enterprise, the earth falls away and a gaping chasm yawns. This is the Twin Falls Gorge, a Grand Canyon in miniature. Here, sheer limestone walls glitter like shimmering sand, while the rim is lined with a dark wall of evergreens. Hundreds of feet below,...

Delta Ice Roads

Delta Ice Roads From January to April, ice roads connect Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Visitors can rent a vehicle and drive the winding river and stream route to Aklavik. For a wildly different sense of place, it is still possible to drive on the...

The Ingraham Trail

The Ingraham Trail The Ingraham Trail stretches 70 kilometers east of Yellowknife threading together over a dozen lakes. There are picnic spots, hiking trails, campgrounds and boat launches all along the highway. It is terrific fishing, hiking, boating and canoeing country. Cameron Falls...

NORTH ARM TERRITORIAL PARK DAY USE AREA

Enjoy a break from driving at this roadside park, offering washrooms, a kitchen shelter and a boat launch. Stop and rest on the picturesque shores of Great Slave Lake to take photos or simply to relax with a picnic. Be sure to look around you – the scenery abruptly changes here from...

NIHTAK DAY USE AREA

You'll find washrooms and a boat launch at this Depmster Highway day-use area.   

Tundra North Tours Ltd.

Thinking about visiting Canada's North? Let us organize your trip so you can focus on enjoying your #AuthenticArcticExperience! Local tour operator offering tours in the Mackenzie Delta area, including boat and flight... Read more

Department of Transportation

Up-to-date information about road conditions, ferry operations and ice bridges, as well as flight information, travel tips and links to weather forecasts. Read more

Wood Buffalo National Park

Explore the wild splendor of the northern boreal plains, where whooping cranes call and bison roam free. Visitor reception centres in Fort Smith and Fort Chipewyan. Open year round. Read more

Deh Cho Travel Connection

The Deh Cho Travel Connection is a driving route that extends just over 1,800 kilometres from "Mile Zero" of the Mackenzie Highway to "Mile Zero" of the Alaska Highway through northern Alberta, British Columbia and the... Read more