Category Archives: Mackenzie River

Inuvik welcomes the summer: Open water

It’s 15 degrees above freezing today, which means the East channel of the Mackenzie River is starting to open.

Every year the ice on the river moves suddenly. It melts and loosens for a while before a chain reaction begins to push ice down the river.

People in Inuvik have betting pools. When will the ice clear from the river completely?

Today is appears that the ice is not moving. However, it won’t be long.

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The Mackenzie River, melting…

It won’t be long now until the river clears out. Bring on the summer!

Watching the snowmobile races

Here’s one last shot from the jamboree: Fans watching the snowmobiles at high speeds on the frozen Mackenzie River and Boot Lake.