Canada's Road to the Arctic Ocean

The Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway is now open! You can now drive nearly year round to the northern edge of Canada's mainland and experience the Arctic Ocean coast. 

It was prime minister John Diefenbaker who in the late 1950s set in motion the premise for connecting southern Canada over land with northern Canada, and finally in 1979, the first portion of this dream was completed with the Dempster Highway which brought visitors to a terminus in Inuvik, which is just over 100km away from the Arctic Coast.

But Diefenbaker's dream was to connect Canada's third coast - the Arctic Ocean - with sourthern Canada's highway system, thus connecting Canada from "sea to sea to sea". 

Finally, in 2014 prime minister Stephen Harper announced the construction a highway between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, a 137km all-season highway that travels past the treeline, over permafrost, tundra, and muskeg, thus completing the dream of connecting all three of Canada's coasts via highway systems. 

The highway was in Novmber 2017 and now Canada is connected, sea to sea to sea. 

Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway Map