Lafferty ferry service resumes on short notice

The crew of the MV Lafferty and Northwest Territories department of infrastructure (formerly known as DOT) confirm the Liard river crossing to Fort Simpson, NWT re-opened at 9:00 am.

Fort Simpson Bulletin post from Kevin Allen (Facebook)

Kevin Allen who’s a manager with the Lafferty crew also spread the word on social media that the ferry was back in the water this morning, but it could stop service if water levels dropped.

On Sunday residents were advised of the low water levels, and that the ferry would likely stop crossing the Liard River at little to no notice.

But when the river levels rose late last night as temperatures raised in the region, Allen and his crew were in ship shape and ready to sail.

Newly elected mayor Sean Whelly told CKLB this morning he hopes a plan for a bridge will begin.

“There’s never been a plan, as far back as I can tell. It’s time that discussion took place,” said Whelly, before the GNWT gave notice the ferry was back in the water Thursday morning.

Whelly also says he will work with the Liidlii Kue First Nation and Metis Council to address common issues. He says he and the new council will be encouraging the GNWT to investigate or find  a better river crossing location, to keep ferry service running more smoothly.


About the Author

Josh Campbell
Splash is back as the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning current affairs program. Campbell was mentored by longtime host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Josh, as he's known professionally by folks across the broadcast industry has worked for CBC North, CKRW the Rush in Yukon, and at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving north for his love of radio and Indigenous culture in 2007, Campbell graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program in Belleville, Ontario the traditional territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. Campbell is proud of his Scottish and Irish ancestry. He was born and raised along the Tobique River the home of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet Nation.

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