Fall chopper service resumes while residents wait for Liard River to freeze

One Great Slave Helicopter's "Astar B3" (Great Slave Helicopter Photo)

Another ferry season has come and gone for residents in the Dehcho Region. The MV Lafferty closed for the season Sunday night and is expected to be hoisted out of the water by its crew this afternoon.

The Liard River crossing connects Fort Simpson and members of the Liidllii Kue First Nation to NWT Highway 1. It also connects other Dehcho communities like Wrigley, Nahnni Butte, Sambaa Ke’ and Fort Liard to Highway 1.

Now residents who make their way to Fort Simpson can only cross the Liard River before it freezes by helicopter.

Yesterday former NWT Premier and Chief Jim Antoine shared a video on twitter of the river in front of his home community.

Great Slave Helicopters charges $265 per person according to a recent post on social media from their base manager. They operate from 9 am till 5 pm, weather and daylight permitting, and only fly passengers across, not their vehicles.

Fort Simpson Bulletin on Facebook.

Last year the chopper company came in handy for elder Roy Mouse who lives on the East side of the Liard River. The company was praised for giving him a lift across to pick up his prescriptions.

The Department of Infrastructure’s 20-year average opening of the Liard River crossing is November 29th.


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Josh Campbell
Start your morning with the Splash on Denendeh Sunrise from 7:30-8:30am. Campbell was trained and mentored by longtime CKLB host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Prior to hosting the morning show and filling in on the Saturday Request Show, he had stints in the Yukon on CKRW the Rush, CBC North in Yellowknife, and began his broadcasting career at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving North he was born and raised on the banks of the Tobique River, the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet First Nation.