Living in Yellowknife Yk Quick Tips

Merv Hardie Ferry and MacKenzie River Crossing

Yk Quick Tips is your guide to Yellowknife, NT. Whether you are moving to the city, just visiting or live here, we can offer information about all the best things. The show will contain info about what to do while visiting, things to know about moving to the City and everything else interesting about the Knife .

Time to head across the Mighty MacKenzie River

UPDATE: The Deh Cho Bridge is now open 24 hours a day and the Merv Hardie Ferry is not operating.

Whether you are coming or going, or live here or are just visiting, if you drive between May and December you will probably cross the MacKenzie River on the Merv Hardie Ferry. The Ferry is located just outside the community of Fort Providence and operates daily. The first trip across is at 6am the last for the day normally around 12pm sometime.

Most of the time it is smooth sailing, but you do get the occasional bump which may cause some delay. Things like low water levels, ice blockage or just mechanical issue with the ferry can put it out of commission with little to no notice. Best way to keep informed is to check the Department of Transportation website before heading out on the highway.

In this episode I talk about things to be aware of when it come to freeze-up and spring-thaw and how Yellowknife isn’t affected as much as it once was. I go more into depth on the ferry operations and a bit about the Deh Cho Bridge.

All that and more information you’ll want to hear in episode 16 of Yk Quick Tips. Remember to SUBSCRIBE via iTunes and send in your Yellowknife related questions to


About the author

Kyle Thomas

Kyle grew up in Yellowknife and is a local entrepreneur, writer, baker, and Yellowknife Advocate who is addicted to learning as much as he can about the community and sharing it with anyone who'll listen. In 2009 he developed A website all about living, working and thriving in Yellowknife for residents, newcomers, and visitors.

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