The Deh Cho Travel Connection continues west on Mackenzie Highway 1, parallel to the Mackenzie River as it crosses the boreal plains. If your plans include a visit to Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories, allow an additional 2-3 days in your trip.
Side Trip: Yellowknife, Return (680 km/425 mi), +2-3 days
Cross the wide, fast flowing Mackenzie River on their newly built bridge. On the way, stop at historic Fort Providence - the craft shop specializes in moose hair tufting. Gas up here, as there are no services along Highway 3 for another 224 km (139 mi). As you drive north you enter the vast Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary.
Yellowknife, population 18,000, is located 340 km (211 mi) north of the junction of Highways 1 and 3. It has all the services of a large city with small city friendliness. Founded on gold mining, diamonds now provide the glitter. There is plenty to see and do including canoeing, hiking, fishing, golfing and swimming. Join in summer festivals, visit the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly or drive the Ingraham Trail.
Back on the Deh Cho route, the Mackenzie Highway continues west to Sambaa Deh Falls Territorial Park, located on a bluff overlooking the Trout River near Coral Falls – an excellent fossil hunting location.
Still on Hwy 1, the Waterfalls Route becomes the Heritage Route, as it continues north to Fort Simpson, from the junction of Highways 1 and 7. The largest community in this region and the oldest former trading post on the Mackenzie River, this town at the confluence of the Liard and Mackenzie Rivers boasts a population of 1,200. Stop at the Fort Simpson Park and Visitors’ Centre to learn about trips into Nahanni National Park.
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