List of Northwest Territories highways

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

Name Shield From To[1] Length (km)[2] Notes
Mackenzie Highway NWT-1.svg Towards Grimshaw, Alberta Wrigley 690.0 km (428.7 mi) 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
Hay River Highway NWT-2.svg Enterprise (Hwy 1) Hay River 48.6 km (30.2 mi) Also connects with Highway 5
Yellowknife Highway NWT-3.svg Near Fort Providence (Hwy 1) Yellowknife (Hwy 4) 338.8 km (210.5 mi) Also known as the Great Slave Highway, completed in 1960
Ingraham Trail NWT-4.svg Yellowknife (Hwy 3) Tibbitt Lake 69.2 km (43.0 mi) Provides access to Dettah (27 km (17 mi)) when the ice road (6.5 km (4.0 mi)) is closed
Fort Smith Highway NWT-5.svg Near Hay River (Hwy 2) Fort Smith 267.0 km (165.9 mi) Completed in 1966, passes through Wood Buffalo National Park
Fort Resolution Highway NWT-6.svg Near Hay River (Hwy 5) Fort Resolution 90.0 km (55.9 mi) Also provides access to the former community of Pine Point
Liard Highway NWT-7.svg Towards Fort Nelson, British Columbia Near Fort Simpson (Hwy 1) 254.1 km (157.9 mi) Packed dirt and gravel road
Dempster Highway NWT-8.svg Towards Dawson City, Yukon Inuvik 272.5 km (169.3 mi) 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
Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway None Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk 138 km (86 mi) Replaced the Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road; construction began 2013, completed 2017 and opened in November. Designated as Highway 10.
Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road None Tibbitt Lake Contwoyto Lake, Nunavut 568 km (353 mi) Private road first built in 1982 to service mines and exploration activities
Mackenzie Valley Winter Road None Wrigley Fort Good Hope 483 km (300 mi) 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) None Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk 187 km (116 mi) Former ice road; closed permanently in April 2017 with the completion of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway
Canol Road (closed) n/a Norman Wells Macmillan Pass, Yukon/Northwest Territories border 357 km (222 mi) 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[edit]

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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