Arctic Road Trip Across Canada"> Arctic Ice Roads 2012

Home

Galleries

News/Blog

Technology

Media

Links

Bio

Adventure Speaking

Contact

FAQ

The Ice Road to Tuktoyaktuk

Norwest Territories, Canada, North of the Arctic Circle

Crossing Canada filming winter weather including the Arctic Circle and a trip on the world's longest ice road onto the Arctic Ocean.

What an adventure. Mark Robinson and I went on what can only be described as the "ultimate Canadian winter road trip". We were filming several new episodes of the "Stormhunters" TV series for The Weather Network, and this was the most ambitious of them all.
 
We drove from Toronto, all the way across Canada, to the Pacific Ocean, then turned north and continued past the Arctic Circle, onto the ice roads and onto the frozen Arctic Ocean. The entire journey took 35 days in total (9 days just to get back home) and we covered over 17,000km. Plus, we did this in the middle of winter!
 
It was epic!

Road Trip Route

Dempster_01

Dempster_02

The Dempster Highway in winter.

Another stunning view of the Dempster. It was so windy that all the snow had been blown off the road.

Dempster_03

Dempster_04

Ptarmigan on the Dempster Highway.

More stunning mountain views in the northern Yukon.

Arctic_Circle_01

Arctic_Circle_02

Myself and Mark standing at the Arctic Circle. 5 minutes after this photo was taken, we were turned back because the road was shut down and completely impassable due to blowing snow.

Here's what the Dempster Highway looked like, and this was the GOOD portion. It's no surprise that it was closed.

Eagle_Plains_Aurora_01

Eagle_Plains_Aurora_02

The skies cleared at Eagle Plains, the halfway point on the Dempster and the northern lights began to put on a really great show.

Great colors in the sky - Eagle Plains, Yukon.

Eagle_Plains_Aurora_03

Eagle_Plains_Aurora_04

Northern lights through the trees - Eagle Plains.

More aurora madness - Eagle Plains.

Closed_Road

Sunrise_Eagle_Plains

Day 2, waiting for the highway to re-open.

A gorgeous Arctic Circle sunrise at Eagle Plains along the Dempster Highway.

Arctic_Circle_03

Dempster_05

Back at the Arctic Circle. This time the weather didn't stop us.

An abandoned car on the Dempster Highway. This is what happens when you ignore the travel warnings.

Dempster_06

Dempster_07

The amazing landscape from the road, just south of the Northwest Territories border.

Arctic sunset.

Dempster_08

NWT_01

One of my favorites. The colors were out of this world. What a sunset!

We finally reach the Northwest Territories!

Ice_Road_01

Ice_Road_02

The ice road between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. Part of it is on the Mackenzie River and part is on the Arctic Ocean.

Driving on the Beaufort Sea, part of the frozen Arctic Ocean, en route to Tuktoyaktuk.

Mark on Roof_Web

IMG_5316

Mark on the roof, getting the shot of the ice road.

Driving on the longest ice road in the world. The GPS says I'm driving on the Arctic Ocean... It is correct!

IMG_5325

Tuk_01

Arctic landscape between Inuvik & Tuk.

Tuktoyaktuk at sunset. I used the window tint on the car to filter the sunlight.

IMG_5338

IMG_5380

Mark on the sea ice at sunset in Tuk.

A light pillar above the setting sun at Tuk.

Tuk_02

A pingo outside of Tuk. They are mounds of earth-covered ice found in the arctic.

Tuk_Aurora_01

Tuk_Aurora_02

Northern Lights - Tuktoyaktuk.

Aurora borealis reflected in the hood of my truck - Tuktoyaktuk.

Tuk_Aurora_03

Tuk_Aurora_04

More amazing northern lights.

Northern lights above the cemetery in Tuk.

Tuk_Aurora_05

Tuk_Aurora_06

Incredible reds and greens in the aurora borealis.

The sky, lit up like a Christmas tree.

Tuk_Aurora_07

Ever wonder what it's like to look straight up into an amazing display of the aurora borealis? Wonder no more.

Ice_Road_03

Ice_Road_04

Looking down at one of the many cracks in the ice road - Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.

Mark, the ice road speed bump.

IMG_5332

Tuk_03

On the ice road near Tuk.

Yes, it was cold in Tuk.

Inuvik_01

Inuvik_02

Mark Robinson, mushing the pack. Dog sledding north of the Arctic Circle in Inuvik, NWT.

Awesome sundogs in the sky caused by sunlight refracting through hexagonal ice crystals in the air. The temperature was about -18C.

Sun_Dog

Dempster_Mountains

An extraordinarily bright sundog shines on a cabin outside Inuvik.

Yukon mountains on a nice, clear day.