Liard River ferry resumes crossings to and from Fort Simpson

In a further morale boost after floodwater receded, the ferry that takes residents and travellers to and from Fort Simpson was set to resume trips across the Liard River from 4pm on Monday afternoon.

The MV Lafferty ferry, connecting Fort Simpson to the rest of the territory’s highway network, ordinarily operates between mid-May and early November.

An ice road replaces the ferry in winter, though residents must wait weeks for the transition between the two in the shoulder seasons.


The Department of Infrastructure confirmed on Twitter that ferry service was set to resume.

Speaking to CBC North’s Trailbreaker on Monday morning, infrastructure minister Diane Archie said the ferry underwent testing on Sunday.

“With the ice conditions, ferry service may have to be suspended with little notice, but I heard from the community that they wanted the ferry in the water,” Archie told the broadcaster.