Liard Highway
British Columbia Highway 77
Northwest Territories Highway 7
Route information
Length393 km (244 mi)
British Columbia Highway 77
Length138 km[1] (86 mi)
South end Hwy 97 near Fort Nelson, BC
North endBC-NWT border
Northwest Territories Highway 7
Length255 km[2] (158 mi)
South endBC-NWT border
North end Highway 1 near Fort Simpson, NT
Highway system
British Columbia provincial highways
Northwest Territories highways
Hwy 62
Hwy 91
Highway 6
Highway 8
Liard Highway in winter.
Liard Highway in winter.

The Liard Highway, designated Highway 77 in British Columbia and Highway 7 in the Northwest Territories, is a highway in Canada which forms the sole road connection between B.C. and the Northwest Territories.

The highway was constructed by the Ministry of Transportation & Highways between 1975 and 1982 and officially opened to traffic in 1984 at a cost of $25 million. It was assigned the number 77 in 1986. It begins at a point on the Alaska Highway 28 km (17 mi) northwest of Fort Nelson and runs 138 km (86 mi) northeast through expanses of forest to the border of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, beyond which it continues for 254 km (158 mi) as a very rough packed dirt and gravel road, designated Highway 7. It terminates at a junction with Highway 1 south of Fort Simpson.

In 2012 Peter's Bros. Construction Ltd. was awarded a contract valued at $8,911,212.00 to pave (level course and overlay) over the existing sealcoat from the end of the existing pavement at 83 km (52 mi) to the Northwest Territories border at 137 km (85 mi).[3] The project was completed August 2012.

As of 2018 the highway is paved to the Northwest Territories border.

Major intersections

From south to north:

Province / TerritoryRegional district / RegionLocationkm[1][2]miDestinationsNotes
British ColumbiaNorthern Rockies R.M.00.0 Hwy 97 (Alaska Highway) – Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, WhitehorseHwy 77 southern terminus
4226Crosses the Fort Nelson River
British ColumbiaNorthwest Territories border138
Hwy 77 northern terminus • Highway 7 southern terminus
Northwest TerritoriesDehchoFort Liard3824Access road
13181Nahanni Butte access road
Checkpoint255158 Highway 1 (Mackenzie Highway) – Fort Simpson, Fort Providence, Hay RiverHighway 7 northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Route transition


  1. ^ a b Landmark Kilometre Inventory (PDF). British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (Report). Cypher Consulting. July 2016. p. 398. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 March 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b Google (26 April 2017). "Highway 7 in Northwest Territories" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  3. ^ BC MOTI. "Northern Region Highway Projects". Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2012.