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Getting Here!

There are many ways to travel to Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. The community is connected year-round to the NWT highway system. In winter, an ice road connects Fort Smith to Fort Chipewyan and Fort McMurray, both in Alberta.


By Car - Travelling to Fort Smith by car is ideal if you want to see the north and appreciate the landscape. This also gives you the opportunity to see plenty of northern wildlife on the way.

Driving distances (estimates) from other communities, via NWT Highways 1, 2 and 5:


  • Hay River, NT to Fort Smith, NT: 272 km

  • ​High Level, AB to Fort Smith, NT: 583 km

  • Yellowknife, NT to Fort Smith, NT: 740 km

  • ​Edmonton, AB to Fort Smith, NT: 1,365 km


Road Conditions – NWT highways are all two-lanes and well-maintained. Highway 5 will lead you to Wood Buffalo National Park and Fort Smith. It is fully paved and suitable for cars, vans, trucks, and camper trailers.

Winter Road - Check the Parks Canada website for safety updates and the latest information about the winter road between Fort Chipewyan, Alberta and Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.


Driving distances from other communities, via the winter road through Wood Buffalo National Park:


  • Fort Chipewyan, NT to Fort Smith, NT: 228 km

  • Fort McMurray, AB to Fort Smith, NT: 499 km

  • Edmonton, AB to Fort Smith, NT: 955 km


By Air - Air service to Fort Smith is provided by Northwestern Air Lease Ltd, a local airline, serving the Northwest Territories and Alberta.


By Bus:

  • Northern Express provides service between High Level, AB and Edmonton, AB, Grande Prairie, AB

  • Cold Shot provides service between Calgary AB, Edmonton, AB, and Grande Prairie, AB. 


Experience the unforgettable. Travel Fort Smith, NT.