On November 15, 2017, the Government of Canada was proud to announce the official opening the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway.
The Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway, spanning 137 kilometres, opened today. The new highway links the Beaufort Sea and
the Arctic region to the rest of the country – officially connecting Canada from coast to coast to coast for the first time.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada; the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs; the Honourable Robert R. McLeod, Premier of the Northwest Territories; and the Honourable Wally Schumann, Minister of Infrastructure, were joined by local leaders from across the territory to celebrate the completion, including an inaugural drive to Tuktoyaktuk along the Highway.
The event also featured the East 3 and Tuk School Choirs, a screening of “End of the Ice Age,” a reception, performances by local drum and dance groups, and fireworks to celebrate the opening.
The Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway is the largest and longest federal highway investment in the North. It will allow year-round access to Tuktoyaktuk, a region that was previously only accessible by ice road, barge, and air. This new all-weather road will help decrease the cost of living for residents of Tuktoyaktuk and increase business opportunities in the region. It will also help increase tourism to the region, making it easier for these beautiful and remote communities to be discovered by the rest of Canada and the world.