Liard Highway

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Liard Highway
British Columbia Highway 77
Northwest Territories Highway 7
Route information
Length: 393 km (244 mi)
Existed: 1984 – present
British Columbia Highway 77
Length: 138 km[1] (86 mi)
South end: BC 97 near Fort Nelson, BC
North end: BC-NWT border
Northwest Territories Highway 7
Length: 255 km[2] (158 mi)
South end: BC-NWT border
North end: Highway 1 near Fort Simpson, NT
Highway system
British Columbia provincial highways
Northwest Territories highways
BC 52 BC-77.svg BC 91
Highway 6 NWT-7.svg Highway 8
Liard Highway in winter.

The Liard Highway, designated Highway 77 in British Columbia and Highway 7 in the Northwest Territories, is a highway in Canada which forms the sole road connection between B.C. and the Northwest Territories.

The highway officially opened to traffic in 1984 and was assigned the number 77 in 1986. It begins at a point on the Alaska Highway 28 km (17 mi) northwest of Fort Nelson and runs 138 km (86 mi) northeast through expanses of forest to the border of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, beyond which it continues for 254 km (158 mi) as a very rough packed dirt and gravel road, designated Highway 7. It terminates at a junction with Highway 1 south of Fort Simpson.

In 2012 Peter’s Bros. Construction Ltd. was awarded a contract valued at $8,911,212.00 to pave (level course and overlay) over the existing sealcoat from the end of the existing pavement at km 83 (mi 51.6) to the Northwest Territories border at km 137 (mi 85.1) .[3] The project was completed August 2012.

Major intersections[edit]

From south to north:

Province / Territory Regional district / Region Location km[1][2] mi Destinations Notes
British Columbia Northern Rockies R.M. 0 0.0 BC 97 (Alaska Highway) – Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Whitehorse BC 77 southern terminus
42 26 Crosses the Fort Nelson River
60th parallel 138
British ColumbiaNorthwest Territories border
BC 77 northern terminus / Highway 7 southern terminus
Northwest Territories Dehcho Fort Liard 38 24 Access road
Checkpoint 255 158 Highway 1 (Mackenzie Highway) – Fort Simpson, Fort Providence, Hay River Highway 7 northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Route transition


  1. ^ a b Landmark Kilometre Inventory (PDF). British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (Report). Cypher Consulting. July 2016. p. 398. 
  2. ^ a b Google (April 26, 2017). "Highway 7 in Northwest Territories" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ BC MOTI. "Northern Region Highway Projects". Retrieved 25 November 2012. 

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