Getting Around The Northwest Territories

The North by road or sky

The communities, parks, lodges and historic sites of the Northwest Territories are serviced by a modern, efficient transportation network. 

All-weather roads: All major communities in the territory, and many of the smaller outposts, are linked by year-round highways. Most of these routes are paved, and all can be navigated by standard passenger cars, RVs, etc. 

Ice-roads: In winter, almost all of our remote settlements enjoy a few months of connection to the outside world via ice road. These roads, built atop packed snow and three-foot-thick lake ice, weave through the Mackenzie Delta, the Mackenzie Valley, the North Slave region, and to the Dehcho towns of Nahanni Butte and Sambaa K’e

Ferries: In summer, four car ferries bear travellers across our unbridged rivers. For several weeks during "freeze up" in the autumn and "break up" in the spring these ferries are out of operation, limiting overland access to certain parts of the territory. 

Scheduled air service: Almost every community in the Northwest Territories receives regularly secheduled passenger air service. Inuvik is the main hub for flights to smaller communities in the Western Arctic, while Norman Wells services the Sahtu region and Yellowknife provides flights throughout the southern half of the territory.  

Chartered air service: From all major centres, float-, ski- and wheeled planes can be chartered for travel to national parks, wild rivers, remote fishing lodges and other isolated locales. 



Our Stories

Intriguing tales from Canada's Northwest Territories

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