Driving Business in Northwest Alberta

A solid infrastructure network already exists in Northwest Alberta, making for easy access via road, rail and air. Competitively-priced utility services and one of Alberta’s largest rivers flowing through the region makes this a great place to start or expand your business.

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Road, Rail & Air

Highways and Trucking

Primary Highway Access:

  • Provincial Highway 35 – north-south
  • Highway 88 – north-south
  • Highway 58 – east-west

Secondary Highway Access:

  • Highway 88 connector
  • Highway 697 – connects: Paddle Prairie, La Crete and Fort Vermilion

Well Developed Import and Export Routes:

  • Highway 2 – north-south trade corridor to southern Alberta and the United States
  • Highway 16 – northwest corridor to British Columbia seaports: Kitimat, Stewart, Prince Rupert

Small and mid-size transport and trucking companies within the region and communities throughout northern Alberta service the region and provide regional, inter-provincial and international transport.


Mackenzie Northern Railway Line (CN):

  • Hay River, NWT through High Level, Peace River and Grimshaw, AB
  • Connects to Canadian National line at Smith, AB

Freight Service available from High Level to Hay River:

  • Three times per week during peak shipping season
  • Once a week during the off-season

Air Service

Airports that offer passenger, charter, and air cargo service:

  • High Level
  • Rainbow Lake
  • La Crete
  • Zama
  • Fort Vermilion

Regional Carriers that offer regularly scheduled flights to locations in Alberta including Edmonton, Calgary, Peace River, and Grande Prairie:

  • High Level
  • Rainbow Lake

Helicopter and fixed wing aircraft operators also provide charter services within the region and throughout northern Alberta.

Commercial Ports

Overland and air cargo access to BC ports:

  • Vancouver *
  • Prince Rupert
  • Stewart
  • Kitimat

*Canada’s largest seaport and the main gateway for shipping to the Pacific Rim.

Proposed 7,000 km resource corridor would improve life in Canada's North. The idea behind the Northern Corridor concept is to establish a multi-modal right-of-way stretching across the Canadian territories of Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, as well as the northern portions of several provinces, including the REDI region of Alberta.

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Imagine the existing North American railway system connected to ports in Alaska, expediting worldwide import and export of commodities. Consider the economic boost to be enjoyed by remote communities along the 2570 kilometre route.

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Comprehensive data and information on our agricultural industry.

Alberta to Alaska Snapshot

An overview of the transportation infrastructure here in the REDI Region connecting our region to Alaska and the territories.


Analysis of the Potential Impacts of a Bridge at Tompkins Crossing

Consideration of a bridge at Tompkins Crossing as a viable option, when compared to replacing the current ferry.


Canada's Northern Corridor Concept

Proposed 7,000 kilometre resource corridor would improve life in Canada's North.




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