Canadian Ice Road

Posted by Fred C (W6BSD) on Feb 29 2020

I am sure a lot of you have seen the History Channel show, Ice Road Truckers. This last winter, I was in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, Canada, and I had the chance to drive on one of these ice roads.


Ice Road.

The Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road is open from January to late March for eighteen-wheeler trucks to take supplies from Yellowknife to various mines and communities in the Northwest Territories.

The portion of the road I took is on the Great Slave Lake, near Behchokò It is around 10Km (6 1/2 miles) long and as wide as a California highway. Even though the road is on a think sheet of ice, it is not as slippery as you might think. Of course, you don't want to slam on the breaks... Ok, that's what I did to see how well the ABS was working on my Jeep Compass. The car didn't go on a spin and stopped fairly quickly considering the roads conditions.

I stopped in the middle of the "lake" to look at the road and take a few pictures. By looking at the images, it is hard to appreciate the thickness of the ice. On one of the photographs, you can see the cracks.

Ice Road.
This ice is more than 2 meter (6.5 inch) thick.