List of Northwest Territories highways

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Route list

The following is a list of territorial highways in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

Number Length (km)[1][2] Length (mi) Southern or western terminus Northern or eastern terminus Formed Removed Notes
Highway 1 690.0 428.7 Hwy 35 at Alberta border north of Indian Cabins Wrigley Mackenzie Highway Construction began 1938, paused during Second World War, resumed and completed to Hay River in 1949; extended to Highway 3 junction in 1960 and to Fort Simpson in 1971; latest extension to Wrigley completed 1994; Longest highway in the territory
Highway 2 48.6 30.2 Highway 1 in Enterprise Hay River Hay River Highway Also connects with Highway 5; Shortest highway in the territory
Highway 3 338.8 210.5 Highway 1 near Fort Providence Highway 4 in Yellowknife Yellowknife Highway Also known as the Great Slave Highway, completed in 1960
Highway 4 69.2 43.0 Highway 3 in Yellowknife Tibbitt Lake Ingraham Trail Provides access to Dettah (27 km (17 mi)) when the ice road (6.5 km (4.0 mi)) is closed
Highway 5 267.0 165.9 Highway 2 near Hay River Fort Smith Fort Smith Highway Completed in 1966, passes through Wood Buffalo National Park
Highway 6 90.0 55.9 Highway 5 near Hay River Fort Resolution Fort Resolution Highway Also provides access to the former community of Pine Point
Highway 7 254.1 157.9 Hwy 77 at British Columbia border south of Fort Liard Highway 1 near Fort Simpson Liard Highway Packed dirt and gravel road
Highway 8 272.5 169.3 Hwy 5 at Yukon border Inuvik Dempster Highway Canada's only all-weather road to cross the Arctic Circle, completed as a through road from the Yukon in 1979; studies are being done to include a possible link to the Mackenzie Highway
Highway 9 97 60 Highway 3 near Behchokǫ̀ Whatì Tłı̨chǫ All-Season Road Opened in November 2021.
Highway 10 138 86 Highway 8 near Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway Replaced the Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road; construction began 2013, completed 2017 and opened in November. Designated as Highway 10.

Unnumbered highways

Highway Length (km)[1] From To[2] Notes
Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road 568 km (353 mi) Tibbitt Lake Contwoyto Lake, Nunavut Private road first built in 1982 to service mines and exploration activities
Mackenzie Valley Winter Road 483 km (300 mi) Wrigley Fort Good Hope Connects to Tulita (formerly Fort Norman), Norman Wells, Fort Good Hope, with 106 km branch route to Deline and 165 km branch route to Colville Lake. 34 permanent bridges completed along route which can be used as part of an all-weather route.
Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road (closed) 187 km (116 mi) Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Former ice road; closed permanently in April 2017 with the completion of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway
Canol Road (closed) 357 km (222 mi) Norman Wells Macmillan Pass, Yukon/Northwest Territories border Second World War road completed early 1943, abandoned mid-1945, now the Canol Heritage Trail, connecting to the active Yukon Highway 6, the Canol Road

Access by community

The communities reached by the all-weather highway network are:

Communities that can only be reached by ice-road are:

Communities with no access by surface vehicle:


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