- Leg One - Atlantic Coast
Nor'easters - We will fly out last minute to the east coast
(likely Halifax, Nova Scotia) to document the intense winter
storms that pummel the maritime provinces. These coastal storms
start in the south, then barrel up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard
and often slam into Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, bringing plenty
of snow, high winds and travel chaos.
- Leg Two - The Great Lakes
- After returning to our home
base in Toronto, we will be documenting the extreme snowfalls
that can happen in the Great Lakes when frigid Arctic air passes
over the relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes. We've been
chasing these lake effect snow squalls for years and the danger
of these weather events cannot be over-stated. Visibility can
drop to zero and the roads simply vanish from sight in the areas
downwind of the lakes.
- Leg Three - The Long Haul
- At the end of January, we
depart Toronto again, but this time heading west, traveling north
of Lake Superior and across the vastness of the Canadian Prairies
where the temperature plummets and wind chill values make for
hazardous conditions. You think it gets cold in Minnesota? Well
up here, it's the next level of cold.
- Leg Four - The Rockies
we continue our journey, just west of Calgary we'll catch our
first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains where we'll be doing winter
survival training (think: sleeping in a snow cave in the mountains),
meeting with avalanche experts and a few other surprise adventures.
We'll eventually make it all the way through the mountain passes
to Vancouver where we'll finally meet up with the mighty Pacific
- Leg Five - North to the
Arctic Circle - We turn north
and drive up the spine of the Rocky Mountains, traversing the
entire length of British Columbia, into the Yukon Territory where
we will continue north to the frontier town of Dawson City, or
last stop before tackling the Dempster Highway where the northern
lights will hopefully be putting on a spectacular show. As we
continue even further north on the Dempster, we'll eventually
cross into the Northwest Territories and pass the Arctic Circle
to the end of the road in Inuvik.
- Leg Six -The Ice Road
adventure does not stop at the end of the Dempster Highway. From
Inuvik we'll be driving on the notorious Ice Road which is the
only way to continue north. The winter-only road is built on
the frozen Mackenzie river and parts of the Arctic Ocean and
will eventually lead us to or final destination of Tuktoyaktuk,
the farthest north that it is possible to drive to in Canada.
We will be so far north that we'll actually be in Polar Bear