NWT ferries expected to close over weekend

The CF Abraham Francis at the Peel River crossing. (CKLB file photo.)

Despite the warmer-than-usual temperatures, the territory’s ferries are all expected to close this upcoming weekend.

The Department of Infrastructure has already announced the closure of the Liard River ferry crossing on Nov. 3. The date matches the 15-year closing average.

The Arctic Red River/Mackenzie River Ferry closed at 1 p.m. on Friday.

Operators have eked out a few extra days for the N’Dulee crossing — the average closing date is Nov. 1. The department has reduced its hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and placed it on 24-hour closure notice on Nov. 4.

The Peel River Ferry is also expected to close on Sunday, Nov. 7.

But the department says weather conditions could lead to all ferries closing sooner than anticipated.

Residents can stay up to date on closures with the department’s highway conditions page.

Updated Nov. 5, 2 p.m. following closure of Nacjebz

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com