Named after the Mackenzie River—Deh Cho is Slavey Dene for "big river"—the Deh Cho route is a 795-mile/1,279-km wilderness loop connecting Grimshaw in the Peace River region of northern Alberta with the Alaska Highway in British Columbia by way of the Mackenzie River region of Northwest Territories. The Deh Cho also provides access to an additional 700 miles/1,127 km of Northwest Territories’ road system. All of these roads are well maintained. Road conditions range from 2-lane paved highway to hard-packed gravel. An active asphalt paving program is under way on the remaining gravel portions of Northwest Territories highways. The NWT government provides free summer ferry service for cars and passengers across the Liard River to Fort Simpson and across the Mackenzie River to Wrigley. In winter, traffic crosses on the ice. Summer ferry service/winter ice road are also offered across the Mackenzie River on Highway 3 to Fort Providence and Yellowknife until completion of the Deh Cho Bridge, tentatively scheduled for fall 2012. Current highway and ferry conditions are available online here.
This route follows Alberta Highway 35 north to the Alberta/NWT border, where it continues as NWT Highway 1 (the Waterfalls Route) to Checkpoint and the junction with the Liard Trail (NWT Highway 7/BC Highway 77). The Deh Cho “loop” is completed as the Liard Trail junctions with the Alaska Highway about 17 miles/27 km from Fort Nelson, BC.
|The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log
Miles from Grimshaw (G) shown.
- G 0 GRIMSHAW (pop. 2,435) is Mile 0 of the Mackenzie Highway; all services available. Get your Deh Cho Travel Connection Passport stamped at the Visitor Info Centre. Lodging at Dee-Jay Motel, phone 780-332-4298.
- G 1.9 Queen Elizabeth Provincial Park (camping) and Lac Cardinal Pioneer Village Museum.
- G 24.8 Dixonville (pop. 100); gas, store, shopping, museum, campground.
- G 49.6 Little Prairie RV Camping; 15 sites.
- G 52 Manning (pop. 1,493); food, gas, lodging, camping.
- G 54.2 Truck stop: 24-hour food, gas, lodging.
- G 61.7 Hotchkiss Community Club Park; 10 campsites.
- G 89.4 Twin Lakes Lodge.
- G 89.8 Twin Lakes Campground.
- G 113.4 KEG RIVER (pop. 400); food, gas, lodging.
- G 130.3 PADDLE PRAIRIE (pop. 164); gas bar and store.
- G 137 Junction with Highway 697/Mackenzie County Loop to La Crete and Fort Vermilion. Visitor Information.
- G 172.5 Aspen Ridge Campground, phone 780-926-4540.
- G 174.2 HIGH LEVEL (pop. 4,199); all services available. High Level is Mile 180 of the Mackenzie Highway. Visit Mackenzie Crossroads Museum & Visitors Centre; open year-round, phone 780-926-4811.
- G 174.9 Junction with Highway 58/Mackenzie County Loop to Fort Vermilion and La Crete.
- G 284 INDIAN CABINS (pop. 10); food, gas, diesel.
- G 293.5 AB–NWT border, 60th Parallel. Territorial park campground.
- G 338.5 Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park, Alexandra Falls picnic area.
- G 339.9 Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park, Louise Falls Campground.
- G 341.7 Escarpment Creek picnic and group camping area.
- G 345 ENTERPRISE (pop. 90); food, gas, diesel, lodging, grocery store. Winnie's Dene Art Gallery & Gift Shop.
- G 345.1 Junction with Highway 2 which leads 24 miles/40 km to HAY RIVER and 114 miles/183 km to FORT RESOLUTION.
- G 368.2 McNallie Creek Territorial Park day-use picnic site.
- G 397.5 Lady Evelyn Falls Territorial Campground.
- G 398.6 Kakisa River Territorial Park day-use picnic site.
- G 409.2 Junction with Highway 3 which leads 25 miles/40 km to FORT PROVIDENCE and 211 miles/340 km to YELLOWKNIFE.
- G 494.7 Sambaa Deh Falls Territorial Park;20 campsites.
- G 550.2 Checkpoint: Junction of Highway 1 with the Liard Trail (Highway 7). Highway 1 continues 38 miles/61 km to FORT SIMPSON.
- G 614.2 Blackstone Territorial Park; 19 campsites.
- G 685 Junction with access road to FORT LIARD (pop. 591); food, gas, lodging, camping. Acho Dene Native Crafts store; birch-bark baskets, moosehide products.
- G 794.5 Junction of Liard Trail and the Alaska Highway.