Saskatchewan Highway 956

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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 west as a 65-km winter road to Alberta Highway 881, about 25 km south of Anzac, Alberta and about 75 km south of Fort McMurray.


  • 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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