New passes allow for passage between NWT- Alberta border

(CKLB file photo).

Special passes are now available to NWT residents traveling between Fort Smith and neighbouring towns in Alberta.

The GNWT said in a press release the checkpoint between the NWT and Alberta was created to provide protection from COVID-19.

However, the territory has established exceptions, implemented by passes that ensure safe passage between Fort Smith and Fort Fitzgerald, Smith’s Landing, and nearby communities in Alberta.

Those who acquire the passes will not need to self-isolate upon return to the NWT, the press release said. The passes are available for all NWT residents but may take up to seven days to arrive to applicants.

Passes for NWT residents include:

  • Standard access pass, which allows for day-use travel between the NWT and as far as Fort Fitzgerald, Alta.
  • Limited access pass, which allows for overnight travel in Alberta to the final destination of Hay Camp, Alta.
  • Restricted access pass, which allows for overnight travel passes for travel further than Hay Camp.

For Alberta residents:

  • Standard access passes, for non-NWT residents where their travel originates in the vicinity of Fort Fitzgerald, Alta. allows for day use access to the Town of Fort Smith and the immediate vicinity.
  • Limited access passes and restricted access passes, for non-NWT residents where their travel originates in the vicinity north of Hay Camp and allows day use access to the Town of Fort Smith and the immediate vicinity.

Anyone interested in acquiring a pass can email landssouthslave@gov.nt.ca or apply at a checkpoint.

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Luke Carroll
Luke Carroll is a journalist originally from eastern Ontario. He has worked as a reporter and editor in Ottawa, Halifax and New Brunswick. Luke is very excited to live and work in Yellowknife and learn more about the community. If you have a story idea, feel free to send him an email at luke.carroll@cklbradio.com.

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