Winter and Ice Roads Information
For the most current status of winter roads, ice roads, and ice crossings, please consult the information on the Road Conditions page.
||The Northwest Territories has a unique transportation system composed of paved highways, gravel highways, ferries, and winter / ice roads.
The TV series "Ice Road Truckers" has drawn international attention to the NWT's 1400 kilometres of winter roads, ice roads, and ice crossings.
To locate information on average opening and closing dates for the winter and ice roads in the NWT, please click here.
For a map of the winter road systems in the NWT, please click here.
NOTICE: Driving on a public winter or ice road or ice crossing when it is closed or before its official opening is a violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, with a significant fine. For your safety AND your pocketbook, remain off all roads and crossings on the winter road system unless they are officially open to your class of vehicle.
To learn more about our unique transportation system, click on the links below.
A Field Guide to Ice Construction Safety
The Diesel Gypsy's Ice Road History
Popular Mechanics “Building Canada's Epic Ice Road”
Wikipedia’s Ice Road
Wikipedia’s Tibbitt to Contwoyto Road
Robinson Enterprises Ltd. Winter Ice Road Explained
The Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road