8 thoughts on “The Ice Road Cometh”

  1. It would be hard to get me on an ice road. Crossed the Peace River when it was frozen and it was probably just a bit too late in the year. Ice cracking as we drove over it. Too scary for words.

    1. I remember you telling me about that. A very scary experience! This ice road is just a short one across a rather shallow lake; I think it’s likely frozen to the bottom by now, so it’s as safe as it can be. The Dettah ice road will be a while yet as it traverses Great Slave Lake and requires the ice to be a depth of half a metre.

    1. How about an ice runway? They are in use, too. 🙂
      Really, none of us knew how to handle this intense winter weather when we first got here; it’s a steep learning curve for everyone!

  2. If you say it fast enough, it sounds like a nice road, but can be anything but, especially for the heavy haulers. How thick is the ice right now Lynette? Allan

    1. Yes, that’s very true. Only the ice roads over shallow lakes are open right now. The others will be open when the ice depth is at a half metre; that will be at any time now. The ice roads that the mine truckers use has to be a full metre thick. Cheers.

  3. I once travelled the ice road from Inuvik out to Aklavik and back — perfectly safe, well frozen, but eerie in the lavender light of those short January days. I remember thinking about the casual magic of ice-to-water / water-to-ice, as we drove the ‘highway’ on the mighty river, with its docks and piers reminding us that in summer people boated here and even (I was told) swam.

    1. Yes, I understand. I have often noticed the same type of bluish-purple light coming from the snow and overcast. I agree that it’s eerie. I have been in Inuvik in July; it’s a very comfortable temperature and hard to believe how far north it is – so completely opposed to what we think of for 68°N latitude.

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