Getting there & around
Northwestern Air Lease offers flights to Yellowknife ($305 one way, one hour, Sunday to Friday) and Edmonton ($497 one way, two hours, five weekly). Frontier Coachlines runs buses to Hay River ($71, three hours, three weekly). In the winter, an ice road runs to Fort MacMurray, Alberta.
From Hay River, partially paved Hwy 5 cuts through the top of Wood Buffalo National Park; for more on this drive see right. In the winter, an ice road runs from Fort Smith to Fort McMurray, Alberta. Fort Smith proper is walkable, and McDougal Rd is the main drag. For a taxi service, try Portage Cabs (867-872-3333).