August 15, 2017
The Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road, which is an extension of the famed Dempster Highway, was an ice road on frozen Mackenzie River delta channels and the frozen Arctic Ocean between the Northwest Territories communities of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, in Canada. The Winter Ice Road closed permanently on 29 April 2017 at the end of the 2016-2017 winter season.
Construction of an all-season highway between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk commenced in April 2013; it is expected to open November 15, 2017. This will be possible for the first time in history to drive to the top of Canada's mainland year-round and the last road that connects all 3 oceans surrounding Canada.
Don’t worry there will still be plenty opportunities to drive the Northwest Territories Ice Roads. For instance, there is an Ice Road from Inuvik to a small community named Aklavik. A popular Ice Road to drive on is the one located in Yellowknife towards the community of Dettah.
Come up and dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean and take in the sights of pingos along the 138 kilometre historic drive from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk. Immerse yourself in the culture of the Inuvialuit people and take a tour with trade ready operators based in Inuvik. Tundra North Tours and Arctic Chalet. (links included in the name)