The North Canol Road

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Always on the lookout for Sheep and Caribou, Etienne and I spend a week roaming the North Canol Road, up and over MacMillan Pass into the North West Territories. It’s late in the fall, and we encounter heavy snowfall on the pass. We’re the last vehicle for the season, and we enjoy every minute of exploration.

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Early on the road is good gravel, with mountains in the distance

Early on the road is good gravel, with mountains in the distance

Whitewater on the North Canol

Whitewater on the North Canol

Sunset over the mountains

Sunset over the mountains

Looks a bit like fall

Looks a bit like fall

The road winds on and on into the mountains

The road winds on and on into the mountains

How much longer will they last?

How much longer will they last?

Looking more like winter by the minute

Looking more like winter by the minute

The old trucks appear to be part of the landscape

The old trucks appear to be part of the landscape

Snow covered mountains in every direction

Snow covered mountains in every direction

The road quickly deteriorates over the border in the NWT, with a few small river crossings

The road quickly deteriorates over the border in the NWT, with a few small river crossings

Winter coming to the North Canol Road

Winter coming to the North Canol Road

Making fresh tracks

Making fresh tracks

Abandoned trucks are a common sight on the road

Abandoned trucks are a common sight on the road

The wildlife Checkstation, just over the border in the NWT

The wildlife Checkstation, just over the border in the NWT

Sunset that lasted an hour

Sunset that lasted an hour

One of the most beautiful – and remote – places I’ve ever been in a vehicle.

-Dan

3 Responses

  1. Sissi says:

    Love the Canol road, a special place. Great time of year, great pictures.

  2. Tonje says:

    Hi, I was thinking going up those mountains to Itsi Lake etc by the North Canol Rd. But I can’t seem to find when during june its good to go considering the snow melting away and the ice has broken up on the big lakes. I was thinking going at the end of june. Do you have any idea?

    I can see early june might be way to early :-)

    Regards from Norway

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hi Tonje,

      I’ve been in Southern Yukon on May 24 when lakes still had ice on them. I really don’t know when the North Canol would be snow free, though I’d leave it until mid-July myself.

      -Dan

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