Be your own Ice Road Trucker
With so many of the communities in the NWT being remote and fly-in only in the summer, winter roads, or ice roads are a crucial means of connecting them. In the Dehcho and Sahtu regions, the longest river in Canada becomes an icy highway between towns and hamlets. Or a means for the diamond mines to send their supplies up to remote sites. Or the only way a houseboater can drive home.
The longest ice road in the world is a private road built by a consortium of mining companies which extends from Tibbett Lake at the end of the Ingraham Trail 568 km to Contwoyto Lake in Nunavut. It is open to large trucks bringing supplies to the mines from January through March. Speeds are strictly controlled for safety on the ice.
Shorter winter roads in the North Slave link Behchokǫ̀, Wekweètì, Whatì and Gamètì and are open to passenger vehicles, at your own risk. For dates and road conditions, check the Northwest Territories government website for details at inf.gov.nt.ca.