The Winter Road — Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road Joint Venture

In the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, ice roads are critical links to the south for remote exploration and mine sites and communities. These industries depend heavily on the winter road for the transportation of construction equipment, building materials, equipment parts, power generators, fuel, oil, and most importantly essential survival goods such as food and fuel for power generation.

In the Northern parts of Canada, where permafrost conditions and the terrain make a gravel road challenging to build and maintain, a solid roadbed capable of supporting heavy load haul trucks can be constructed by clearing a route across the frozen ground and lakes. The Tibbitt to Contwoyto winter road’s route — a distance of 568km — travels 87% of the way over frozen lakes.

Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road Facts