Louis Cardinal, NWT ferry across the Mackenzie & Arctic Red rivers between Fort McPherson & Inuvik, NWT, on the Dempster Hwy. 15 July 2018
This ferry runs a triangle route crossing the Mackenzie where it is joined by the Arctic Red River, as well as serving the little village of Tsiigehtchic, located on the point of land between the two rivers. The ferry itself is host to a colony of nesting swallows. Wear a hat if you go for a short stroll on deck ... The crossing time was maybe 15 minutes as we did the extra stop at the village. Keep in mind that the Mackenzie is a very large river.
This is the MV Abraham Francis - she connects the two sides of the Peel River on the Dempster Highway (NWT Rte 8). On the south side is Fort McPherson, and to the north, the highway extends towards Tsiigehtchic, Inuvik, and Tuktoyaktuk.
The first of two ferries that you encounter while driving the Dempster Highway is this one, the Abraham Francis. This ferry is the means by which the Dempster crosses the Peel River, which at this point has only a minimal current. The ferry has just one cable. There are no guide cables that we see on similar ferries in BC. I am wondering what if any means they would use if the one & only propulsion/guide cable were to snap? Passengers each get an oar?
The John Deere Company has just published their spring 2019 edition of their magazine Power Source (Marine Edition) which has a feature article on ferries in the Northwest Territories. Those ferries have recently been re-powered with equipment sourced from John Deere. The photo of the Louis Cardinal used in the article is mine taken last July while I traveled up & back down the Dempster to Inuvik & Tuktoyaktuk.