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Tripalot

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Posted: 02/05/18 05:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

lizzie wrote:

I agree with Tripalot but wonder about the comment about bridges across the rivers. We made the trip in 2016 and did not see any signs of bridges being built.This is a beautiful trip and was, for us, a peak experience. We also took our time. We flew to Tuk and came back to Inuvik by boat. lizzie


You used to have to take a ferry to get across the Peel River near Fort McPherson and another one across the Mackenzie River at Arctic Red River. There are now bridges so there is year round road service to Inuvik. Years ago, it was necessary to wait for it to freeze up in the fall creating the ice road and when it started to melt residents needed to wait for the river to open up and the ferries to run.

Taking the ferries was another experience and gave you a break from driving depending on how many cars were ahead of you.


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When we went in 2016, the ferries were still running and the locals said there were no plans to build bridges at that time.


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There aren't bridges - still ferries. Usually start running in early June and stop in late October. http://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/Highways/Highway_System/NWTHwy8

In winter, highway travellers need to wait for the river to freeze and ice bridges to open.


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Posted: 02/06/18 07:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

sue.t wrote:

There aren't bridges - still ferries. Usually start running in early June and stop in late October. http://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/Highways/Highway_System/NWTHwy8

In winter, highway travellers need to wait for the river to freeze and ice bridges to open.


Thanks for this information. I was definitely out of date. A traveller I was gabbing with a couple of years ago told me there were no more ferries. It has now been about 8 years since we did the Dempster. Would love to do it again and drive on to Tuk

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Posted: 02/09/18 11:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tripalot wrote:

Thanks for this information. I was definitely out of date. A traveller I was gabbing with a couple of years ago told me there were no more ferries. It has now been about 8 years since we did the Dempster. Would love to do it again and drive on to Tuk


The person you were talking to was confused about the bridge(s) - there's a bridge across the Mackenzie on the road to Yellowknife, and that ferry is now history.

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explorenorth wrote:

Tripalot wrote:

Thanks for this information. I was definitely out of date. A traveller I was gabbing with a couple of years ago told me there were no more ferries. It has now been about 8 years since we did the Dempster. Would love to do it again and drive on to Tuk


The person you were talking to was confused about the bridge(s) - there's a bridge across the Mackenzie on the road to Yellowknife, and that ferry is now history.


That is probably what happened. Thanks for the clarification.

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