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Ice Roads in Manitoba Are Now Open Connecting Remote Communities

Ice roads are pathways that connect many remote Northern communities, equivalent to more than thirty thousand Manitobans, together for a short period of time every winter. Ice roads are built over frozen lakes that take location in the northern regions of Manitoba. The purpose of these roads is to connect isolated roads to parts of the province where they can get supplied with their necessities.  

The ice roads not only serve Manitobans as a great help connecting more than twenty-two communities and aiding with yearly shipments that go up to two thousand five hundred a year but are also a very popular tourism event that many tourists come from all over the world to witness. Driving on ice can be a very exciting and adventurous experience. “This is a perfect, once-in-a-lifetime March break/Spring break treat for the whole family. Instead of flying south, why not visit these Arctic communities and see wildlife seen only in the Arctic, exotic ice formations, and dancing Northern Lights, and kids get the bragging rights,” mentioned To Do Canada on their website.  

Even though winter road systems in Manitoba are temporary and last approximately two months every winter, many communities think they’re one of the most critical things in Manitoba. “They are lifelines for northern residents. Used short periods each winter, they allow people in isolated communities to buy fuel, building materials and food supplies they need to last an entire year.” said the Manitoba Government. Communities in Snap Lake, and Ekati, Diavik will be able to get their supplies for another year.  

– Halla Alhamed, U Multicultural

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of U Multicultural

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