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Diamonds in the Rough Contest

Your Passport to a drivable wilderness adventure in Northern Canada and a chance to win a "Canadian Diamond™"

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GETTING AROUND

HIGHWAYS

Tips for driving on gravel highways:

  • Approach bends, bridges, and other limited visibility spots slowly – vehicles may cross the centre line to straighten out a curve, or there may be wildlife on the road.

  • Drive at a speed appropriate for the road conditions.

  • Be aware that conditions on gravel highways can change dramatically during and after a heavy rain.

  • Reduce speed when meeting other vehicles to minimize dust.

  • Dust-free passing zones are located and posted on NWT highways.

  • Travel with your headlights on at all times, especially on gravel in summer.

  • Remove your foot from the accelerator just as you meet other vehicles to reduce the risk of throwing a rock in their direction.

  • Red diamond markers on paved highways indicate a significant bump. Carry a good spare tire and first aid/emergency road kit – and don’t forget the bug repellent!

  • Watch for wildlife, especially bison on Northwest Territories Highways #3,#5 and #7.

  • Check before heading out for road conditions and construction.

 

Gravel highways in NWT (current 2010):

     NWT Hwy #1  -  Km 188 (junc Hwy #1 & #3) to Km 412 (junc Hwy #1 & #7)
                                    total gravel = 224 Km

     NWT Hwy #7  -  Entire length (junc Hwy #1 & #7) to NWT/BC border
                                    total gravel = 219 Km