High Level is located at the junction of Highway 35 (Mackenzie Highway) and Highway 58 (Mackenzie County Loop) on the Deh Cho Route, 174 miles north of Grimshaw.
Southeast edge of town at Mackenzie Crossroads Museum & Visitors Center. The center has extensive local and regional information for Alberta and the Northwest Territories; museum displays; free internet access; road and weather reports; and gift shop with authentic, local handicrafts. Fishing licenses for the Northwest Territories are sold here. Rest area with picnic tables. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in summer. Address: 10803–96th St.; phone 780-926-4811; www.highlevel.ca.
Fur traders arrived in the area in 1786, but the first settlers did not arrive until 1947. High Level began as a small settlement on the Mackenzie Highway after WWII. It grew with the oil boom of the 1960s and completion of the railroad to Pine Point. High Level has a strong agricultural economy (and the most northerly grain elevators in North America); 2 major forestry companies; and serves as a service center for the Mackenzie County region.
Motels, fast-food, restaurants; 24-hour gas station; grocery and hardware stores, laundromats and car washes. The community has a hospital, banks, schools, churches and a library.
Camping is 1.7 miles/2.7 km south of town at Aspen Ridge Campground. Treed sites, full hookups, 41 RV sites and laundry. Dump station and freshwater fill-up are located at the corner of 94th St. and 105th Ave., northeast of the Visitors Center.
Recreation includes an 18-hole golf course, indoor swimming pool, skateboard park, playgrounds, splash park, tennis courts, ball diamonds, walking trails, cycling, boating, canoeing, snowmobile trails, ice arena, outdoor skate park and curling rinks, hunting (moose, caribou, deer, bear) and fishing for northern pike, perch, walleye, whitefish, goldeye and arctic grayling.