Welcome to Mackenzie Highway
The blessed exception is Sambaa Deh Falls Territorial Park, halfway to Fort Simpson, featuring a marvelous roadside waterfall, fishing spots, the smaller Coral Falls, and a pleasant campground with showers.
Another 88km along, at the junction of the Mackenzie Hwy and Hwy 7, is Checkpoint, with accommodation but, frustratingly, no fuel.
From Fort Simpson, the Mackenzie Hwy continues a rugged 222km north into rolling mountains, reaching beautifully situated Wrigley (population 133). Hunting, fishing and trapping remain the basis of this mainly log-cabin village. A winter ice road continues to Tulita, Norman Wells and beyond.