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Why is Dempster Highway closed?

Why is Dempster Highway closed?

The highway is open approximately June 10 to October 14 in the summer, and December 15 to April 30 in the winter. The highway closes for approximately 6 to 8 weeks in the fall when the Peel and Mackenzie Rivers freeze and again for 3-5 weeks in the spring when they thaw.

Can you drive to NWT?

All major communities in the territory, and many of the smaller outposts, are linked by year-round highways. Most of these routes are paved, and all can be navigated by standard passenger cars, RVs, etc. In summer, four car ferries bear travellers across our unbridged rivers.

How rough is the Dempster Highway?

The Dempster Highway is not as bad as some people make it out to be. However, it still requires some planning and safe driving. Read over our tips above and decide how you want to prepare for the journey. It’s about 400-km to Eagle Plains and then another 300-km or so until you reach Inuvik.

Can you drive to Norman Wells NWT?

Norman Wells is accessible by navigating the Mackenzie River in summer, or by driving over the winter ice road, December to March, that connects with Wrigley and Fort Simpson.

Can you drive from Yukon to Nunavut?

There are no roads to Nunavut. Air travel is by far the most common means of transportation to Nunavut and between its distant communities. Visitors to Nunavut can reach the gateway communities of Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet and Cambridge Bay by air travel from any major centre in the world.

Is Highway 7 in NWT paved?

The project was completed August 2012. As of 2018, Highway 77 has been fully paved up to the Northwest Territories border.

How fast can you drive on the Dempster Highway?

90 km/h.
The speed limit on the Dempster is 90 km/h. Whether you are experienced with driving on gravel roads or not, you will be well advised to take it slower. Choose the speed according to road conditions.

Is it possible to drive to Tuktoyaktuk?

Now, thanks to the newly opened Inuvik-to-Tuktoyaktuk Highway, Tuktoyaktuk can be reached year-round by vehicles and is officially Canada’s first highway to the Arctic.

Why is it called Norman Wells?

The name owes to the site’s close proximity to Fort Norman (now Tulita), 85 km upstream on the Mackenzie. Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, incorporated as a town in 1992, population 778 (2016 census), 727 (2011 census).

Can you drive to Tulita NWT?

During the winter months, Tulita is connected to other communities by winter road. Please refer to the Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Infrastructure website for official details on the accessibility of these winter roads. If in Tulita you have two winter road options.

Is there an ice road to Nunavut?

While the Northwest Territories has some highways that keep it connected to the south, there are no roads connecting Nunavut to the rest of Canada.

Is the Liard highway paved?

As of 2018, Highway 77 has been fully paved up to the Northwest Territories border.

Can you get to Nunavut by boat?

Getting to Nunavut by boat There is no water access to Nunavut for visitors except on cruises during the open water season – July to September. A number of tour operators offer Northwest Passage, Hudson Bay and High Arctic cruises each year.