Ice Road Adventures

Driving the coolest highways

In deepest winter the ice on our lakes reaches four feet thick. That’s the time our ice-road traffic is at its peak. From January to March, roads built on ice reach out across the Northwest Territories to resupply communities and mines. They stretch across the Mackenzie Delta from Inuvik to Aklavik, north from Yellowknife almost to the Arctic coast, down the Mackenzie Valley from Wrigley to Norman Wells and Délįne, and link Tłįchǫ communities with Behchokǫ̀. For a taste of ice-road travel, drive on Great Slave Lake from Yellowknife to Dettah. For information on seasonal roads, check with  NWT Department of Transportation.


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