Map of Highway

The Northern Woods & Water Highway is a series of connected roads that will take you on a journey through farmland, parkland, lakeland, and forests and even close to the unique landscape of the Canadian shield. Meet warm and friendly people from rural communities and enjoy a variety of entertainment. Golf and camp in places of unhurried beauty. An excellent way to a slow scenic vacation.

NWWR Cairn
Manitoba Map

You launch north from the perimeter road at Winnipeg on Hwy #6 travelling 130 km past Eriksdale to the junction of Hwy #68. This will take you through the scenic Narrows of Lake Manitoba on towards Dauphin.

North from Dauphin on Hwy #20 to a decision point north of Fork River. You can carry on to the shores of Winnipegosis or head west to Ethelbert then north on #10, both routes re-connect at Cowan. From this point you stay on Highway #10 through Swan River all the way to the Pas.

From The Pas it is westward on #283 (warning this is a 100 km section of gravel road). The Highway number changes to #9 at the Sask border, then to #55 a short distance later on the same road.  Leaving the forest for a while you will travel through a mix of parkland and agricultural land until you head north of the Shellbrook junction.

This section is will take you on #55 through more dense forest popping out to parkland around Meadow Lake and west to the Alberta border.

About Highway
About Highway

The journey west from Cold Lake will take you through several sections of forest and parkland while travelling on Hwy #55. North west of Athabasca the Hwy number changes to #2 travelling south of Lesser Slave Lake and again popping into the rich agricultural area of the Peace Country. At Rycroft the Hwy number changes to #49 for the final push into Dawson Creek.

Dawson Creek provides you with a multitude of decisions for exploration. There is a loop through Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, Hudson Hope, and Fort St. John, or north up the Alaska Highway, southwest to Prince George and Prince Rupert or Vancouver or turn southeast through the foothills.

Manitoba Communities

  • Warren
  • Woodlands
  • St Laurent
  • Lundar
  • Eriksdale
  • The Narrows
  • Ste Rose du Lac
  • Ochre River
  • Dauphin
  • Ethelbert
  • Pine River
  • Cowan
  • Winnipegosis
  • Minitonas
  • Swan River
  • Bowsman
  • Birch River
  • Mafeking
  • The Pas
  • Cranberry Portage
  • Flin Flon

Saskatchewan Communities

  • Creighton
  • Hudson Bay
  • Zenon Park
  • Arborfield
  • Carrot River
  • Nipawin
  • White Fox
  • Love
  • Choiceland
  • Smeaton
  • Weirdale
  • Meath Park
  • Prince Albert
  • Shellbrook
  • Canwood
  • Debden
  • Big River
  • Green Lake
  • Meadow Lake
  • Dorintosh
  • Goodsoil
  • Pierceland

Alberta Communities

British Columbia Communities

  • Dawson Creek

Possible Extension

  • Taylor
  • Fort St John
  • Hudson’s Hope
  • Chetwynd
  • Tumbler Ridge
  • Mackenzie
  • Prince George
  • Quesnel
  • Williams Lake
  • 150 Mile House
  • 100 Mile House

Route A

  • Lillooet
  • Pemberton
  • Whistler
  • Squamish
  • Horseshoe Bay

Route B

  • Cache Creek
  • Spences Bridge
  • Boston Bar
  • Hells Gate
  • Yale
  • Hope