Northern residents may see an extended break in ferry service this spring on the Fort Providence crossing of the Mackenzie River.
Low water levels in Great Slave Lake and fluctuating levels at the Mackenzie River may lengthen the time the Merv Hardie Ferry is out of service after breakup.
According to the Department of Transportation, the water levels at the Fort Providence crossing have fluctuated between 149.5 and 150.5 metres above sea level in the last 30 days.
At the same time last year, the levels rose from 150.55 to 150.68 with only slight changes.
The ferry requires consistent levels of at least 150 metres before it can operate safely.
The DOT is encouraging travelers and those shipping food, fuel and freight to consider the potential impact of delays.
Water levels and conditions will be posted post-breakup on the DOT’s website until the Merv Hardie resumes service at www.dot.gov.nt.ca.