Tuktoyaktuk or bust

Is Arctic ice salty? I’m about to find out—I hope?

Next week, I leave on a big adventure to the distant town of Tuktoyaktuk, which along the way I hope to find out how to pronounce.

Details of the adventure will be unveiled next week with social media updates and video blogs happening routinely along the way.

You may even see a few decaled trucks driving around town over the next week as we hurriedly prepare to step off.

What is so big about the adventure? Well, it will be the last time we will be able to drive the ice roads to “Tuk” because the new paved super highway opens in the summer.

I was really excited to be invited on the trip until I found out that we would be camping and hence would need a polar bear gun.

My only question was whether the barrel of the gun was big enough for me to crawl in to if we saw a polar bear? I probably should have asked why we would drive past a perfectly good hotel to pitch a tent.

I can only imagine that there are hours of rather mundane driving to get there, interspersed with scenery that is absolutely awesome.

At the moment, my mind (with a little help from YouTube) is doing all the work for me. By the end of March I will have the full picture.

I will be able to regale great stories of epic adventures going on detours that we probably should not have done and getting stuck (temporarily), fighting our ways through blizzards, sitting around a camp fire gazing at the northern lights dancing in a starry sky and reminding us how tiny we really are.

Then there is the issue of salty ice. Will arctic ice spoil a good gin and tonic?

I will advise later. I am hoping it won’t.

There are so many questions I will be able to answer including:

Can you actually sleep outside in -40 C?

Are polar bears really aggressive?

Can you get motion sickness driving on sea ice?

How many other crazy people decided to do the same thing?

Do people really kiss the necrotic toe in a bottle of booze in Dawson?

Are all people genuinely crazy up north?

Does a compass actually do any good as you get further north?

Is there cellphone coverage on the Dempster Highway?

I will be a veritable encyclopedia when I return and hopefully I will be permanently touched by the pure, stunning beauty of Northern Canada, our home and native land.


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