Welcome to Highway 3
The first stretch winds through bogs, taiga and pinkish outcrops of the Canadian Shield. Watch out for roller-coaster bumps, caused by the road's heat, which melts the permafrost in summer. Behchokò (pop 1926), 10km north of Hwy 3 on an access road, is the largest of NWT's First Nations, with a gas station, lodgings and indigenous art for sale.
Later, the land becomes flat boreal forest, ubiquitous in the southern NWT. The Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary, home to Canada's northernmost population of around 4000 free-ranging wood bison, flanks the road for around 150km.The animals outweigh your car and have tempers, so give them plenty of room.
South of here, a 5km access road leads to Fort Providence. A few kilometers further, the Deh Cho Bridge spans the mighty Mackenzie River.