NWT Border Information

Last modified: 
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 10:17

Road Travel

  • Information for Long Haul Drivers.
  • The NWT will continue to prohibit non-resident travel within the territory, and keep our entry points strong.
  • Checkpoints have been established at most highway border locations in the NWT. Each location has different restrictions:

Alberta/NWT Border (Highway 1)

This border is closed to all traffic except:

  • NWT residents.
  • Import/export workers — including truckers and others providing important supply chain transportation services for food, equipment, fuel, or other goods into the territory, movers and carriers, and workers that support the supply chain industry. 
  • Persons who support essential services — including health care professionals, law enforcement, and those who supports services that if interrupted could endanger residents’ lives, health or safety.
  • Workers involved in the construction of GNWT capital infrastructure projects 
  • Southern resident transient workers in the mineral and petroleum resources industry

Alberta/NWT Border (Highway 5)

This border is closed to all traffic except:

  • Smith’s Landing, Alberta and Fort Fitzgerald, Alberta residents who are crossing the border for groceries or other essential goods.
  • NWT residents.
  • Import/export workers — including truckers and others providing important supply chain transportation services for food, equipment, fuel, or other goods into the territory, movers and carriers, and workers that support the supply chain industry. 
  • Persons who support essential services — including health care professionals, law enforcement, and those who supports services that if interrupted could endanger residents’ lives, health or safety.
  • Workers involved in the construction of GNWT capital infrastructure projects 
  • Southern resident transient workers in the mineral and petroleum resources industry
  • See the Public Service Announcement for more information.

British Columbia/NWT Border (Highway 7)

This border is closed to all traffic except:

  • Emergency vehicles
  • Inspection vehicles

Yukon/NWT Border (Highway 8)

At 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8 2020, Highway 8 – the Dempster Highway – will be closed to all traffic except:

  • Emergency vehicles
  • Inspection vehicles

The closure begins at kilometre 1 and extends to kilometre 14.2. The intent is to re-open the highway once ferries begin operation for the season.