Saskatchewan Highway 956

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Saskatchewan Highway 956 shield

Highway 956
Garson Lake Road
Route information
Length: 44 km (27 mi)
Existed: 1999 – present
Major junctions
West end: Winter road ending at Alberta border, near Garson Lake
East end: Hwy 155
Northern Administration District
Highway system
Provincial highways in Saskatchewan

Highway 956, also known as the Garson Lake Road, is a highway in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It runs from the Alberta border until Highway 155. The highway is 44 km (27 mi.) long.[1]

Highway 956 is meant to connect the community of La Loche to Fort McMurray, Alberta. Beyond the Alberta border, the same route continues as a 65-km winter road going east until Alberta Highway 881, about 25 km south of Anzac, Alberta and about 75 km south of Fort McMurray. This winter road is expected to be upgraded to an all-season road by 2009.


  • Construction began in 1986 and completed in 1999.[2]
  • In 1999, as part of the Saskatchewan provincial budget, a project was begun to gravel 30 km of Highway 956.[3]
  • In September 2005, to celebrate the centennials of Saskatchewan and Alberta, Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert and Alberta Premier Ralph Klein announced a project costing $45 million to connect La Loche and Fort McMurray with an all-season road. The premiers explained that this would create economic and recreational opportunities, as well as improved access to services and schools.[4]
  • A crushing project and two clearing projects had been initiated by the time the 2006-2007 Saskatchewan Mid-Year Report was released. They were expected to be completed by the end of 2006.[5]
  • By May 2006, work began on improving Highway 956 as a joint project by the Alberta and Saskatchewan governments to connect La Loche and Fort McMurray.[6]
Highway 956 road bridge over the La Loche River


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