|The Ice Road Day 2. We take the ice road across the Mackenzie Delta
March 26, 2009
For our second day, we took the Ice Road across the Mackenzie Delta to the hamlet of Aklavik.The population of Aklavik is
594, 545 of which are aboriginal, according to the 2006 Census, a decrease of 6.0% from 2001.
This road was narrower than the road to Tuk as it is primarily a route to the village and has few big trucks.
The road felt somewhat like a poorly maintained asphalt road with potholes and cracks.
In some places, we could see air bubbles trapped in the ice.
Eventually Jackie forgot she was on ice and tried swimming.
Right, a sign for boats indicating the boat route to Aklavik, another reminder
that we were driving through the delta.
Left, a church grave yard
For the last two days of the trip, we were joined unexpectedly by Mary from Whitehorse. Below, she and Jackie pretended to
be sky diving on the ice.
At the beginning of the trip, Jackie was terrified of the ice. However, as you can see, she became increasingly comfortable with
being on the ice and eventually concluded that it was a terrific trip.
One interesting thing we saw our first ice road day just outside of Tuktoyaktuk was the Pingos. A pingo, also called a
hydrolaccolith, is a mound of earth-covered ice found in the Arctic that can reach up to 230 ft in height and up to 2,000 ft in
diameter. The term originated as the Inuvik word for a small hill. A pingo is a periglacial landform, which is defined as a
nonglacial landform or process linked to colder climates. They are essentially formed by ground ice which develops during the
winter months as temperatures fall. Tuktoyaktuk has one of the highest concentrations of pingos in the world with some 1,350