Driving to Yellowknife is a lot of fun and there are lots to see if you like nature. When you get yourself to Grimshaw, Alberta you will start on the MacKenzie Highway, it will take you straight up through Northern Alberta and into the South Slave region of the NWT. When you pass through Enterprise you will want to follow the signs that say Yellowknife/Fort Providence and eventually, you will want to turn onto Highway 3, which will take you to Fort Providence and Yellowknife.
Where to get gas
There are gas stations along the way from Alberta to Yellowknife. Typically a person can fuel up in High Level, Ab and make it the 414km to Fort Providence to fuel up again before the last 300km to Yellowknife. With the closure of Lisa’s Place in Enterprise, NT, there is no longer gas there. If you think you require gas/fuel between High Level, AB and Fort Providence, NT the most reliable option is to detour 40km into Hay River, NT.
High Level is the last reliable place to get gas in Alberta before entering the NWT. Indian Cabins just on the Alberta side of the border often has gas as well but their hours of operation are unknown.
[CLOSED] Enterprise (273km from High Level) is a small community at the intersection of the Mackenzie highway and the highway to Hay River. It has a self-serve gas station and convenience store that is open year round with reasonable operating hours.
Hay River (312km from High Level) is a community on the shore of Great Slave Lake. It is off the highway that heads to Yellowknife, but if you are in need of gas and the Enterprise station is close, it is the place to go.
Fort Providence (141km from Enterprise/414km from High Level) is the major fuel up spots along the highway to Yellowknife. The gas station, open until 10 pm daily, also has fast-food and a restaurant within it. Fort Providence is the last stop before Yellowknife.
Behchoko (230km from Fort Providence) is the last resort if you can not make it the additional 90km to Yellowknife. The small community has a gas pump in town which is 10km off the highway.
Yellowknife (315km from Fort Providence) has several major gas stations, one of which is open 24/7.
Reverse the order if you are driving out of Yellowknife heading south.
Where to stay
Campground – In the summer there are 4 territorial campgrounds along the highway for you to stay at:
- 60th Parallel Campground at the border of Alberta and the NWT,
- Louise Fall Campground just south of Enterprise,
- Kakisa Territorial Campground outside the community of Kakisa between Enterprise and Fort Providence,
- Fort Providence Territorial Campground along the road to Fort Providence off the highway.
Hotels – There are motels in Enterprise and Fort Providence; quality, cost and availability unknown. Hay River has a few full-service hotels.