The Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road is an ice road that spans across the frozen channels of the Mackenzie River delta and the frozen Arctic Ocean, connecting the communities of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories of Canada. This essential route serves gas hydrate fields and exploration facilities at Mallik, Aput, and Langley, as well as ice-locked barges like the Wurmlinger and Arctic Star. These barges function as operational bases for ice road crews and exploration personnel. Moreover, the road plays a crucial role as a supply line for Tuktoyaktuk and the hamlet of Aklavik.
The Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road is a segment of the Dempster Highway. The remaining portion of the Dempster Highway is situated on solid ground and is accessible for driving throughout the summer season.
Construction of an all-weather highway between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk commenced in April 2013. The highway is estimated to be finished by fall of 2017, after which the ice road will be permanently closed.
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Ice Road Truckers
A History Channel blog announced that the second season of “Ice Road Truckers” would be centered around Inuvik. According to a CBC North story, this season’s episodes primarily take place on the Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road. Notably, four of the drivers featured in the first season returned for this season: Alex Debogorski, Hugh Rowland, Drew Sherwood, and Rick Yemm.
In 2012, the show made its comeback for the sixth season, featuring Debogorski as the sole driver navigating this winter road. The season showcased not only the entirety of the Dempster Highway but also included segments on the Dalton Highway in Alaska and Manitoba’s winter roads.