The Mackenzie Highway


The Mackenzie Highway

The Mackenzie Highway starts in Grimshaw, Alberta as Highway 35. As you cross the 60th parallel into the Northwest Territories, you travel on Highway 1. The MacKenzie Highway travels through the communities of:

  • Hay River, NWT
  • Yellowknife, NWT
  • Fort Simpson, NWT

North of Fort Simpson at kilometer 548, it officially ends at Wrigley, Northwest Territories. Here it joins to a series of Winter Roads that connect the communities of:

  • Normal Wells, NWT
  • Tulita, NWT
  • Fort Good Hope, NWT

to Wrigley, the Mackenzie Highway system, the Liard Highway system and the Alaska Highway.

The Mackenzie Highway passes many waterfalls along its route. It is often referred to as the Waterfall Highway. You will pass near:

  • Louise Falls
  • Lady Evelyn Falls
  • Saamba Deh Falls

on your journey North of 60.

The Mackenzie Highway follows the Mackenzie River for much of the journey. The drive between Fort Simpson and Wrigley will provide many spectacular views of the Mackenzie River. There are two ferry crossings along the highway system:

  • across the Mackenze River at Fort Providence
  • across the Mackenzie River between Fort Simpson and Wrigley


Near Wrigley

Mile One

Franklin Mountains

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