The capital of Yukon Territory, Whitehorse has the nearest major airport to Macmillan Pass. Whitehorse is a good place to stock up for supplies before attempting the Canol Heritage Trail.
Johnson's Crossing is at the junction of YT Highway 6, the Canol Road, and YT Highway 1, the Alaska Highway. There is an RV park here, with a service station and small grocery store.
The Nisutlin River Recreation Site is a popular starting point for many canoe trips.
Quiet Lake is a Yukon Territory park, located about halfway between Johnson's Crossing and Ross River on Yukon Highway 6, the Canol Road. Quiet Lake has a 20-site campground on its shoreline.
The last town on YT Highway 6, the Canol Road, Ross River has one service station, a motel, and the last place for any supplies before Macmillan Pass.
The last indication of human activity along YT Highway 6, Dragon Lake has a boat ramp.
The largest city in the Sahtu region, Norman Wells is an official end of the Canol Heritage Trail. The trail actually leaves Norman Wells via a boat across the Mackenzie River. Norman Wells has the closest airport with scheduled airline service to the Canol Heritage Trail.
Fort Good Hope is about 150 km northwest of Norman Wells, and cannot be reached by road. The town's primary feature is the old church known as Our Lady of Good Hope.
Tulita, formerly known as Fort Norman, is about 90 km upriver from Norman Wells. It cannot be reached by road.
Deline, formerly known as Fort Franklin, is at the west end of Great Bear Lake, about 200 km from Norman Wells. The Great Bear River, which runs between Deline and Tulita, is a favorite of whitewater enthusiasts.
Wrigley is the northwesternmost drivable point on NT Highway 1, the Mackenzie Highway. It is located about 325 km southeast of Norman Wells. During the winter, an ice road connects the two communities. Eventually Highway 1 will extend to Norman Wells.
Fort Simpson is a major jumping off point for trips to Nahanni National Park. Accessible by Highway 1, the Mackenzie Highway, it can also be reached by air from Yellowknife and Whitehorse.
Located near Fort Liard, Nahanni National Park is home to Virginia Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world. The falls cannot be reached by automobile, but several charter planes fly to the falls. It is also possible to hike or canoe to the falls area.
The capital of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife has the region's main airport. There are several flights a week between Yellowknife and Norman Wells, as well as flights between Yellowknife and Whitehorse.