Canadian Shipper


October 15, 2018

Winter roads in the North threatened by climate change

Every winter, since the 1950s, thousands of kilometers of roads have been created in the north of the country. The roads of northern Manitoba and Ontario together are an end-to-end road system long enough to connect Montreal and Vancouver. Manitoba has approximately 2100 km of winter roads that connect more than 20 communities, including the Barren Lands First Nation, located more than 900 km from Winnipeg. Photo: Radio-Canada Often referred to as ice roads, these roads are normally created from mid-January and cross lakes, rivers and wetlands. They become impassable again with the arrival of hot weather at the end of March. By putting end-to-end winter roads created each year in Manitoba and Ontario, we get a route long enough to connect