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Old 12-02-2021, 03:12 PM   #1
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Liard and MacKenzie Highway, Northwest Territories

Any body driven these roads in a Motorcoach towing a car?
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The Mackenzie Highway from the Alberta border through to Yellowknife, NT follows along the northwest side of Great Slave Lake. It's 2 lane and paved all the way. Some stretches, due to extreme weather conditions, will be rough, likely with some broken pavement due to frost heaves but I would suggest that it wouldn't be a problem to take a coach and toad up the road as long as you mind your speed.

The Liard Highway, as far as I know, is still a gravel road and in the summer is brutally dusty unless you drive it in a rainstorm and then it's brutally muddy! I wouldn't take any RV on that road simply due to the fact that you'll be cleaning out dust from now till eternity. Perhaps someone who has travelled it within the past few years will chime in and offer a more up to date recommendation.

Either way, I would suggest you might want to contact the Government of the Northwest Territories to get current information and literature on travelling to one of the most unique places on the continent. Lived there for 18 years and loved every minute of it.

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The Mackenzie Highway from the Alberta border through to Yellowknife, NT follows along the northwest side of Great Slave Lake. It's 2 lane and paved all the way. Some stretches, due to extreme weather conditions, will be rough, likely with some broken pavement due to frost heaves but I would suggest that it wouldn't be a problem to take a coach and toad up the road as long as you mind your speed.

The Liard Highway, as far as I know, is still a gravel road and in the summer is brutally dusty unless you drive it in a rainstorm and then it's brutally muddy! I wouldn't take any RV on that road simply due to the fact that you'll be cleaning out dust from now till eternity. Perhaps someone who has travelled it within the past few years will chime in and offer a more up to date recommendation.

Either way, I would suggest you might want to contact the Government of the Northwest Territories to get current information and literature on travelling to one of the most unique places on the continent. Lived there for 18 years and loved every minute of it.

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We did the McKenzie in October, 2019 in a Super C pulling a car. No problems.

I did the Lizard in 2005 in a truck camper. Some of the northern section is paved, I believe to Faro. South of Faro, the road was gravel. No idea what the pavement is like now but it is a great trip. There are at least 2 provincial parks (no hookups).

Make sure you stop at the Lizard Hot Springs.

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I just want to clarify what @WorldCat25 posted. Faro, Yukon is not on the Liard Highway. Faro is just off the Robert Campbell Highway (Hwy. 4) leading from Whitehorse, Yukon through to Dawson City, Yukon. The Liard Highway consists of Highway 77 in British Columbia (starting in Fort Simpson, BC) and Highway 7 in the Northwest Territories (ending near Fort Liard/Fort Simpson, NT). It's not the type of country to be taking the wrong highway so just wanted to clarify for the OP. Hope this helps.
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