YELLOWKNIFE, N.W. T. – It was a record year on the winter roads this year for Edmonton-based Ventures West.
The company completed more than 300 trips from Yellowknife to points north, delivering fuel to diamond mines in the Northwest Territories.
The company is one of several that run the winter roads from February until the spring thaw.It takes a disciplined driver to haul on the winter roads.
Speeds must be kept low to avoid causing waves underneath the ice which can then cause the ice to break. Also, the drivers are typically gone for about eight weeks – literally living out of their trucks and camps along the way.
However, Ventures West owner Glenn Bauer says while it’s not for everyone, many of his drivers enjoy the work – despite the cold weather. They have an opportunity to make good money during the winter in a short period of time. Also, for many there’s a sense of adventure in hauling in the far north.
– Photos submitted by Glenn Bauer
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