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You can now drive to the Arctic Ocean in Canada!

You can now drive to the Arctic Ocean in Canada!

Postby Glacier » Nov 23rd, 2017, 4:52 pm

Each resident will save $1,500 per year thanks to the new road.

https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/20 ... o-sea.html

When Eddie Gruben got into the transportation business in the 1950s in the Northwest Territories, his means of locomotion for hauling supplies between Arctic communities was dogsled.

The corporate logo for E. Gruben’s Transport Ltd. is still a man with a pack on his back and a dog team. But the company — now grown into a successful contracting and project management firm with offices in Inuvik and Edmonton and headquarters in Tuktoyaktuk — has changed dramatically.

This week, so did the region, with the official opening on Wednesday of the Inuvik-to-Tuktoyaktuk Highway, a road Eddie’s grandson helped build.

“It’s a lot of years coming,” said Merven Gruben, a former mayor of the hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk and current vice-president of the firm his late grandfather founded. “It’s something that we’ve been dreaming about for so many years.”

The 138-kilometre, $300-million gravel highway with a 70-km/h speed limit now gives Canadians year-round driving access to the Arctic Ocean and links Tuktoyaktuk to the rest of the country.


more reading:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the- ... -1.4401922

http://www.cbc.ca/news/multimedia/drivi ... -1.4073615

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/new-road-t ... -1.3628705

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Re: You can now drive to the Arctic Ocean in Canada!

Postby Queen K » Nov 23rd, 2017, 6:44 pm

I would LOVE to drive that road. Road trip anyone? So awesome.
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Postby GordonH » Nov 23rd, 2017, 6:52 pm

Queen K wrote:I would LOVE to drive that road. Road trip anyone? So awesome.


Enjoy, don't forget to add couple items to your safety kit.
200ft of rope & good supply of t/p. I will let you figure out those items.

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Re: You can now drive to the Arctic Ocean in Canada!

Postby GenesisGT » Nov 23rd, 2017, 6:52 pm

Thought the price of gas would be crazy up there, but not bad, for the location.

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I have driven gravel perma frost roads many times, so if you need a navigator, call.
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Re: You can now drive to the Arctic Ocean in Canada!

Postby Queen K » Nov 23rd, 2017, 6:55 pm

I'd call you alright, would be so awesome.

And GordonH, you haven't seen how I pack for a roadtrip. Even take water and a now lately, a medical kit. And yes, I have a length of rope.
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Postby GordonH » Nov 23rd, 2017, 7:00 pm

Queen K wrote:I'd call you alright, would be so awesome.

And GordonH, you haven't seen how I pack for a roadtrip. Even take water and a now lately, a medical kit. And yes, I have a length of rope.


Whiteout blizzard you could be only a meter away from your car & not see it
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Re: You can now drive to the Arctic Ocean in Canada!

Postby Queen K » Nov 23rd, 2017, 7:05 pm

Agreed. Maybe I'll take the road in the Summer, Midnight sun kind of drive. Are there polar bears? I'll take good photo equipment for all the Arctic Hares, Musk Ox and hopefully Arctic Fox up there. Macro lens for Arctic flowers. So cool, I'm packing already.
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Re: You can now drive to the Arctic Ocean in Canada!

Postby GenesisGT » Nov 23rd, 2017, 7:06 pm

Having spent time in the high arctic and arctic, have seen and heard many stories about driving in blizzards, probably the funniest or worst was a guy driving a bombardier to work and parking it on the roof of the airport terminal in a blizzard.
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Re: You can now drive to the Arctic Ocean in Canada!

Postby Glacier » Nov 23rd, 2017, 7:14 pm

GenesisGT wrote:Thought the price of gas would be crazy up there, but not bad, for the location.

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I have driven gravel perma frost roads many times, so if you need a navigator, call.

DO NOT do what I did and get gas in BC 50km from the Yukon border! I paid 160 or so two years ago, and then drove down the road to Watson Lake, Yukon where it was 119.9! Yes, it was that big a difference. The main reason is that BC has by far the highest fuel tax in Canada and the Yukon has by far the lowest. Make sure you gas light is on when your cross the border!

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Re: You can now drive to the Arctic Ocean in Canada!

Postby Omnitheo » Nov 23rd, 2017, 7:26 pm

I’m already planning my trip for next year. I’ve been wanting to do this for years. Now we can reach the arctic without having to go through Alaska
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Re: You can now drive to the Arctic Ocean in Canada!

Postby LTD » Nov 23rd, 2017, 7:45 pm

Queen K wrote:I'd call you alright, would be so awesome.

And GordonH, you haven't seen how I pack for a roadtrip. Even take water and a now lately, a medical kit. And yes, I have a length of rope.

its pretty cool to see tuk not super exciting but definitely cool the MOST important item you should bring is a mosquito net trust me on that any exposed skin will be eatin

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Re: You can now drive to the Arctic Ocean in Canada!

Postby Glacier » Nov 23rd, 2017, 8:54 pm

I've been well up into the Yukon and all over Alaska, and I can tell you this, the mosquitoes are far worse in northwestern BC than anywhere in the Yukon I've been. I would guess that the wind would keep them down in Tuk.

P.S. my friend owns a lodge in Haines Junction, Yukon, and he has no mosquitoes there because the wind off the glaciers keep them away. Travel in either direction, and you get your fair share of the blood suckers.

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Re: You can now drive to the Arctic Ocean in Canada!

Postby Queen K » Nov 23rd, 2017, 8:58 pm

Omnitheo wrote:I’m already planning my trip for next year. I’ve been wanting to do this for years. Now we can reach the arctic without having to go through Alaska


I'm already thinking 2019, July. Yeeee hawwwwww
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Postby LTD » Nov 23rd, 2017, 9:04 pm

Glacier wrote:I've been well up into the Yukon and all over Alaska, and I can tell you this, the mosquitoes are far worse in northwestern BC than anywhere in the Yukon I've been. I would guess that the wind would keep them down in Tuk.

P.S. my friend owns a lodge in Haines Junction, Yukon, and he has no mosquitoes there because the wind off the glaciers keep them away. Travel in either direction, and you get your fair share of the blood suckers.

you can guess all ya want ive been to tuk and can tell you that exposed skin will be eatin
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Re: You can now drive to the Arctic Ocean in Canada!

Postby GenesisGT » Nov 23rd, 2017, 9:07 pm

Make sure you are there for 24 hour sunlight in Tuktoyaktuk from May 19th to July 23rd, nothing screws you up more then 24hr sunlight or 24hr darkness.
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