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
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 378 kilometre, two-lane highway in Canada that serves as the only direct road link between British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. It travels through sparsely populated areas of boreal forest and serves as the sole land access route for the communities of Fort Liard and Nahanni Butte.


The highway 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 the Canadian Boreal Forest to the border of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Beyond the border, it continues for 254 km (158 mi) as a very rough packed dirt and gravel road designated as Highway 7. It terminates at a junction with Territorial Highway 1 south of Fort Simpson.


The highway was built between 1975 and 1982 and officially opened to traffic in June 1984.[3][4] The section in British Columbia was built under contracts given by the Ministry of Transportation and Highways and cost $26 million (equivalent to $58.78 million in 2021). The section through the Northwest Territories section was built by the federal government at a cost of $55 million (equivalent to $124.34 million in 2021). British Columbia assigned the number 77 to their portion of the route in 1984.[5]

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) in B.C. to the Northwest Territories border at 137 km (85 mi).[6] The project was completed August 2012.[citation needed]

As of 2018, Highway 77 has been fully paved up to the Northwest Territories border.[citation needed]

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. ^ B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Highways. "Frontier to Freeway: A Short Illustrated History of Roads in British Columbia" (PDF). gov.bc.ca. Government of British Columbia.
  4. ^ "New road link to north brings end to isolation". Vancouver Sun. 25 June 1984. p. A12. Retrieved 14 November 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Highways (24 September 1984). General Circular G29/84. Victoria: Ministry of Transportation and Highways. pp. 0, 5.
  6. ^ BC MOTI. "Northern Region Highway Projects". Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2012.