It's an adventure you have to undertake at least once in your life. Make sure you're well prepared, then head off onto the winter road that connects Fort McMurray with Fort Chipewyan.
Fort Chipewyan Winter Road
The Fort Chipewyan Winter Road opens for travel around the middle of December, and every year by the end of March, it disappears.
Fort Chipeywan History
On the traditional territory of the Cree, Dene, and Métis people, a North West Company trading post was established at the southwestern corner of Lake Athabasca in 1788. The community of Fort Chipewyan has existed here ever since, making it the oldest European settlement in Alberta. The community is approximately 250kms north of Fort McMurray on the Winter Road. For more about Fort Chipewyan, see here.
We recommend doing your Winter Road adventure with an overnight stop in Fort Chipewyan so you can experience this beautiful and historic community and Wood Buffalo National Park. Be sure to bring food and water for the trip and have a full tank of fuel as there are no services along the route once you pass Fort McKay. The winter road is groomed and maintained, but road conditions vary depending on weather and when you travel, so check for the latest updates.
Staying overnight in Fort Chipewyan? See places to stay.
Expedition: Winter Road
Come along with the FMWB Tourism team as we make the epic journey from Fort McMurray to Fort Chipewyan.
Are You Winter Road Ready?
Due to the varying conditions of the road, a 4WD vehicle is recommended. Ensure that it's in good working order and you have cold weather survival gear in the event of a breakdown.