After more than 40 years in operation, the ice road to Tuktoyaktuk is set to close for good.
Without an all-season highway, Tuktoyaktuk has had to rely on an ice road during the winter and flights during warmer months.
But that’s all about to change.
The Government of the Northwest Territories has been working to construct a highway between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk to replace the seasonal ice road.
That highway is set to open on November 15 at a cost of $299 million.
The ice road is expected to close permanently in the coming week or two. To commemorate, a ceremony was held at Kitti Hall in Tuktoyaktuk on Thursday night.
The celebration included a feast, Inuvialuit drum dancing, snow sculptures and polar dipping.
Take a look at some of the celebrations (photos provided by the GNWT):