How to Get Here

By Air

Have breakfast poolside in Beverly Hills before catching your flight for dinner in the land of the midnight sun!

There's daily jet service to Yellowknife from many southern destinations, including direct flights from Calgary (2 hours), Edmonton (1.5 hours), Ottawa (4 hours), Toronto (4 hours), Vancouver (2.5 hours) and Whitehorse (1.5 hours). The four airlines with direct flights into the Yellowknife airport are:

Many more NWT airlines offer scheduled or charter service within the NWT to communities, wilderness rivers, national parks, remote fishing lodges and fishing lakes.

Click here to view our flight plan map to learn more. 

By Road

Highways across NWT cut through untamed nature. With scenic lookout points and roaming wildlife, your adventure begins before even arriving at your destination. 

There are three southern routes that take you to the NWT:

  • Alaska Highway - begins in British Columbia, goes through Yukon and reaches NWT Highway 8 (Dempster Highway) towards the Mackenzie Delta and the town of Inuvik.
  • Alberta Highway 35 - connects to NWT Highway 1 (Mackenzie Highway) south of Hay River.
  • British Columbia Highway 77 - connects to NWT Highway 7 (Liard Trail) which runs parallel to the Mackenzie Mountains, ending in Fort Simpson.

Within the territory, some areas of the highways are covered by rivers, which need to be crossed by ferry or ice road, depending on the season.  Winter roads are typically in service from mid-January to late March, but may change based on weather conditions.

Our lives are sometimes dictated by weather in NWT, but it’s part of the northern charm. Daily reports on all NWT highways, ices roads and ferries are available online, or by phone at 1-800-661-0750.  Always check conditions before heading out.