Dettah Ice Road

Dettah Ice Road, a cool highway in the Northwest Territories

The Dettah ice road is located in the North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, in Canada. This ice road, with a length of 6.5 km (4.0 mi), connects Yellowknife and the small community of Dettah in the winter.

Located just outside the capital of Yellowknife, it's a 27 km long drive by all-weather track in summer (via the Ingraham Trail), and in winter, Dettah can be reached by this ice road across Yellowknife Bay. It’s open to vehicles weighing a maximum of 40,000kgs and may have rough sections. Please drive with caution and obey all posted signage. While the road has historically opened in late December, the last years have seen the opening delayed to early January. The road was open for longest period of time in 1995 and 1996, at 140 days; in 2017 and 2019, it was open for the fewest days, at 91. Remember it's illegal to drive on the ice road until it's officially open.
Pic: Anton Apostolov