Great Slave Lake ice road
Great Slave Lake ice road Yellowknife Reviews
winter ice road Apr 03, 2009
If you are driving to or from Yellowknife, one can cross the Great Slave lake by ferry in the summer. But in the winter, one gets to drive across the frozen lake. I've only flown into town :P They are building a bridge but by the time it's built, I may have moved south already.
As per wiki, ice roads are frozen man-made structures linked by frozen waterway to waterway which provide access to and from communities that have no permanent road access. They are best known for their role in the transport systems of isolated regions in Canada's north, mainly because of documentaries and TV series such as "Ice Road Truckers."
I didn't realize the significance of ice roads till I went to the grocery store in the fall and there was barely any bread, produce or meat/poultry on the shelves. The ice roads weren't ready and the ferry has closed for the season. It can be a logistical nightmare when delivery trucks are stuck on the wrong side of the lake. This occurrence happens again in the spring so we best stock up in the interim.
My pictures were taken on the way to a small town of Dettah. I wasn't really particularly thrilled of driving a half-ton pickup truck across the lake but it's makes for a fun afternoon.
The aerial shots were photographed on the way to work at one of the diamond mines.
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