Liard Highway

Liard Highway is an all-weather road linking northern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Beginning 27 km north of Fort Nelson on the Alaska Highway, it runs 400 km north to join the Mackenzie Highway a short distance south of Fort Simpson, NWT.


Liard Highway is an all-weather road linking northern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Beginning 27 km north of Fort Nelson on the Alaska Highway, it runs 400 km north to join the Mackenzie Highway a short distance south of Fort Simpson, NWT. Work on the highway started in 1969, when the federal government began construction south from Fort Simpson; in 1972 the BC government commenced work on the southern section. Jurisdictional disputes delayed the work, and the highway was not finished until 1984. At present, the only facilities for travellers are at Fort Liard, the approximate mid-point of the road.