Frontier Coachlines (867-874-2566; email@example.com) meets Greyhound Canada in Hay River, and offers connecting buses to Yellowknife (five times a week), Fort Smith (three times a week) and Fort Simpson (twice a week).
To best appreciate the NWT, you need wheels. Automobiles can be rented in major communities.
The territory has two highway networks: a southern system, linking most communities in the North Slave, South Slave and Deh Cho regions; and the Dempster Hwy, which winds through the Mackenzie Delta. Getting to the Delta from southern NWT requires a two-day detour through BC and the Yukon.
In summer, free ferries cross several rivers; in winter, vehicles drive across on 4ft-thick ice. Travel is interrupted for several weeks during ‘break-up’ (April and May) and, often, ‘freeze-up’ (December or January). For ferry information, call 800-661-0750. The major crossing, at the Mackenzie River on Hwy 3, may soon be obviated by construction of a $150-million bridge.
Before traveling, call 800-661-0750 for highway reports.
Half of the NWT’s 32 communities are fly-in only, accessed from hub airports in Yellowknife, Norman Wells and Inuvik. Service in the North Slave region is provided by Air Tindi (867-669-8260, 888-545-6794; www.airtindi.com), in the Mackenzie Valley by North-Wright Air (867-587-2333; www.north-wrightairways.com), and in the Mackenzie Delta by Aklak Air (867-777-3777, 866-707-4977; www.akla kair.ca).