Northwest Territories, Canada
Waterfall Highway, Northwest Territory, Canada
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Waterfall Highway (Hwy #1 W)
Northwest Territory, Canada

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Nearby Waterfall Communities: Fort Providence | Hay River

Waterfall Highway (Hwy #1)

The Waterfall Highway travels northwest from the Alberta/NWT Border to the service community of Checkpoint. It is in Checkpoint where you can continue west on the Mackenzie Highway #1 (Heritage Route Hwy #1 E) to the community of Fort Simpson or travel south on the Liard Highway (Hwy #7) to British Columbia, Canada.

The Waterfall Highway (Hwy #1 E) is a sightseeing route with a collection of large waterfalls complimented by rivers and hiking trails. Many of the major waterfall attractions include campgrounds and are ideal destinations for activities like fishing, canoeing, kayaking and swimming.

The total distance of the Waterfall Highway measures 413 kilometres (258miles). The touring highway is a paved highway and is the main transportation route in the Northwest Territory, Canada when arriving from Alberta, Canada.

It is very wise to travel with a good spare tire, emergency supplies (it is cold at night) and a full tank of gas when traveling in the NWT, as there are long distances between gas stations. And always drive the speed limit with your headlights and seatbelts on.

Mile "0" on the Waterfall Highway, when traveling east to west , begins at the Alberta / NWT Border. At the border crossing the Alberta Highway # 35 turns into the Waterfall Highway (Hwy #1 E). At Mile "0" is a NWT Visitor Centre and the 60th Parallel Territorial Park Campground. The visitor centre is open to the public from May to September.

The first waterfall park is called the Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park. It is located at the kilometre 72 (mile 45) point of the Waterfall Route. There is a 2 kilometre boardwalk path connecting two large waterfalls - the Alexandra Waterfall and the Louise Waterfall. There are viewing decks and opportunities to walk to the top of both falls.

At kilometre 83 (mile 52) on the Waterfall Highway is the community of Enterprise. It is a small service community located at the junction of Highway #1 and Highway #2. There are services in Enterprise including a gas station, general store, accommodation and restaurants.

At kilometre 120 (mile 74) is a rest stop called the McNallie Creek Picnic Area. There is a short trail leading to the McNallie Falls. Further ahead on the Waterfall Highway at kilometre 135 (mile 84) is another sightseeing viewpoint called the Slave River Lowlands.

The Lady Evelyn Falls Territorial Park is located at kilometre 167 (mile 104) on the Waterfall Highway. There is a campground, day use area and a short trail leading to a viewpoint overlooking Lady Evelyn Falls. The trail continues down to the base of the falls and to the banks of the Trout River.

A few kilometres ahead on the highway is the Kakisa River Day Use Area. It is located at the kilometre 171 (mile 106) mark of the highway. There is a hiking trail connecting the day use park with Lady Evelyn Falls.

At kilometre 289 (mile 180) is Wallace Creek. It is a rest stop on the highway with a short trail to a waterfall. At kilometre 297 (mile183) is Redknife River. Fishing is good here for pickerel and arctic grayling.

The winter road entrance to Trout Lake is located at the 321 kilometre (mile 199) point of the Waterfall Highway. During the winter an ice road forms and vehicle access becomes possible to Trout Lake. The ice road is 126 kilometres long. During the summer the road is inactive and non passable.

The Sambaa Deh Falls Territorial Park is located at kilometre 325 (mile 245). There is a campground, day use area and a 2 kilometre trail leading to a viewpoint overlooking Sambaa and Coral Falls.

The exit road leading to the community of Jean Marie River is located at kilometre 376 (mile 234).

At kilometre 413 (mile 258) is the service community of Checkpoint. In Checkpoint 3 NWT highways meet. The east section of the Mackenzie Highway (Waterfall Hwy #1 E) connects with the west section of the Mackenzie Highway (Heritage Hwy #1W). From the south, the Liard Highway (Hwy #7) connects with the Mackenzie Highway. Checkpoint services include a gas station, general store and accommodations.


Nearby Northwest Territory Communities

Waterfall Highway Communities: Fort Providence | Hay River


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Waterfalls

- Alexandra Falls
- Lady Evelyn Falls
- Louise Falls
- Sambaa Deh Falls

Communities

- Fort Providence
- Fort Simpson
- Hay River

N.W.T. Highways
- Liard Trail (Hwy #7)
- Waterfall (Hwy #1 E)
- Heritage (Hwy #1 W)
- Great Slave (Hwy #2)
- Wood Buffalo (Hwy #5)
- Frontier Trail (Hwy #3)
- Ingraham Trail (Hwy #4)
- Dempster (Hwy #8)

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