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Waterways Communications

Waterways CommunicationsWaterways Communications Limited Partnership (LP) is the result of a new partnership between Northwestel and the Fort Nelson First Nation which was formed to serve the Horn River Basin in northern British Columbia.  The joint venture was formed to provide a wide variety of reliable and cost-efficient communications products and services for resource companies operating within the Horn River Basin. This includes the provision of voice, Internet and data solutions using both satellite and microwave technology.

History of Northwestel in the Fort Nelson Region


For over 60 years, Northwestel has served the largest operating area in the Western hemisphere and played a large hand in transforming communications in Northern Canada.  All of our more than 500 employees live and work in communities all across the North.

Northwestel values cultural diversity, understands the importance of community involvement and demonstrates the value of Community Commitment on an on-going basis.  Within the last 2 years, Northwestel has invested over $50,000 back into the Fort Nelson community including:

  • Fort Nelson Minor Hockey
  • Fort Nelson First Nations Petitot Gathering
  • Fort Nelson Aboriginal Day
  • Fort Nelson Senior's Bus
  • Fort Nelson Trade Show
  • Fort Nelson Library
  • Fort Nelson Hospital
Fort Nelson First Nations:

The Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN) reserve is located 7 km's south of the town of Fort Nelson in the northeastern corner of British Columbia; the community is located at Mile 293-295 on the Alaska Highway. The Nation is a Slavey/Cree linguistic group with roughly 638 band members living on and off reserve. The FNFN is one of 6 First Nation's that belongs to Treaty 8.

Core Services Offered Through Waterways Communications

Waterways Communications is uniquely positioned to offer a full suite of Communications products and services to resource companies operating in the Horn River Basin.  IP-Connect is a custom built, IP-based network connection extending Northwestel's services, or combinations of those services, outside of our usual service area using our high capacity, carrier grade digital transport facilities. Those facilities are backed up by Northwestel's network monitoring system and highly skilled technicians.

The services that we can extend are Business Gateway, V-Connect, E-WAN, and voice services.  For more information regarding the specific services available through Waterways Communications, please click the links below:

Business Solutions

Enterprise Internet



Why Waterways?

The joint venture between Northwestel and the Fort Nelson First Nation has allowed for a combination of NWTel’s technical telecommunications expertise along with the FNFN’s local land and area expertise.  Northwestel has long been serving the North, and this unique relationship promotes local involvement and contribution as well as ensures that “a fair share of the economic benefits from natural resource industries remain in the region and benefit the people who have lived here for generations” (Kathi Dickie, Chief of the FNFN).

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Contact Information

Mark Rollefson, Account Executive BC
4711 49th Avenue
Fort Nelson, BC  V0C 1R0
Ph. 250-774-4710