Anyone Been to Wrigley NWT? Beyond?

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  1. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    I've been eyeballing Google maps and such. It looks like one could ride to Wrigley and even much farther north. Is what I'm seeing a seasonal ice road? Or does the road go substantially farther north of Wrigley? More importantly, is it worth my precious vacation time?

    I have not heard of good things about Wrigley, so I am not certain I would want to go out that way. But remote roads in the north intrigue me. Because... "It's there".
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  2. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander still alive and well

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    from here .. https://www.normanwells.com/lifestyle/tourism-norman-wells

    "For the adventureous winter traveler, a winter road winds from Fort Simpson to Wrigley and from Wrigley north to the Wells. Winter roads should be used with extreme caution. Make sure to get plenty of information from the GNWT Department of Transportation and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police before you head out."

    "But other of the routes are epic. The Mackenzie Valley winter road begins at Wrigley and connects to five communities, the furthest of which, Colville Lake, is 651 kilometres away."

    but maybe one day ...

    https://www.inf.gov.nt.ca/sites/inf...zie_valley_highway_business_case_08-12-15.pdf
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  3. Cal

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    Sadly this last link will never see the light of day as oil resources are not in favor any more. I took a flight from Simpson to Virginia Falls and the amount of shut in natural gas up there is truly amazing, some say hundreds of years worth at present consumption.

    MitchG is the man to get a hold of, he lives in Simpson and his daughter I hear has a boy friend from Wrigley.
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  4. snobear

    snobear Been here awhile

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    We went as far as the Wrigley ferry this year but they close at 11 am to go for lunch and then do not return till 2 PM so we turned around as it was 11:10 when we got there and did not feel like waiting as weather was coming in and we wanted to get to Fort Laird.
    We covered pretty much the rest of the roads in NWT though and it is worth spending a vacation to see it all.
    Nothing like the Yukon and Alaska though, NWT is a one time ride for me but I am planning trip # 4 to Yukon/Alaska next year.
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  5. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander still alive and well

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    "We covered pretty much the rest of the roads in NWT though and it is worth spending a vacation to see it all.
    Nothing like the Yukon and Alaska though, NWT is a one time ride for me but I am planning trip # 4 to Yukon/Alaska next year."

    So a bit off topic but where would you go if it was your first trip up there .. I'm thinking next year.
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  6. Cal

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    Not many roads in the lower NWT so I would say go ride them all. Order the NWT tourist brochures on line. Wood Buffalo park is nice, Fort Smith, Fort Resolution. The roads are flat and kind of closed in with scrub forest but the sense of remoteness is fantastic. Fishing is absolutely the best! much better than the Yukon. 3 years ago I spent 3 weeks camping and fishing from the bike and was never skunked, hauled in dozens , where as last summer in the Yukon I was not so lucky and only caught 3 fish in 2 weeks.
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  7. snobear

    snobear Been here awhile

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    As above you can pretty much do all the roads in a couple weeks. We came up through Alberta-Fort Smith-Peace Point-Fort Fitzgearld east of Fort Smith to the road end where the old buffalo meat plant used to be -Hay River-Pine Point Mine-Fort Resolution-Fort Providence-Yellowknife-To the end of the road past Prelude Lake (Great place to camp)-Fort Simpson-Part way to Wrigley-Fort Laird-Then home through Fort Nelson.
    Lots of bears and Buffalo, talk to the locals as NWT does not do a good job of advertising their history and historic sites. Example the Pine Point mine is noted nowhere but well worth going up to see and search around there a bit to see the pits and tailing ponds. Visit the government building and museum in Yellowknife.
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  8. Cal

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  9. xscoobysnack

    xscoobysnack Been here awhile

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    My brother in law moved up to Fort Simpson a couple months ago. I've been thinking about going up next summer, you know, to visit. Nothing to do with riding in the area.
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    snobear Been here awhile

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    You will see lots of waterfalls


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  11. Cal

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    when you go up contact me and I'll give you my friends name. Its a small town 1200 people so your BIL will probably have met him. He has a pretty awesome garage full of bikes. Do the flight seeing trip up the Nahanni with Simpson Air.
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  12. Bill 310

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    I was at Pine Point for the shut down. Saw the last blast at the pit. Blaster was a young woman who I met again at the Echo Bay mine years later.

    I was there to help people with their pension plan rollovers. They had me sceduled to give 4 talks a day for a week plus individual sessions.

    The first morning two guys are in the meeting room - it seats about 150 the next session they are back. They asked a lot of retirement plan questions.

    They were with EI and had been sent up by the feds. They has already been there of a week and not one person had come to their sessions.

    They told me no one was interested in much and did I like to fish.

    I fished with them the next 4 days except when we went to watch the last blast at the pit.
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  13. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    Cool that you were at Echo Bay, I always wanted to check that place out.
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  14. Bill 310

    Bill 310 Poser Emeritus Super Supporter

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    I was there in 1987, the mine was built by them flying the stuff in by Herc.

    When I went in (more pension plan meetings) we flew in on their own 727 with the front half of the passenger compartment being for freight only. The top pf the plane opened up like a clam shell.

    We arrive and they have 3 TV Stations 24 hour sports, 24 hour religion and 24 hour a day of the grottiest porn they could make back then. I think it was below zero F everyday and one day it was -22.

    The food was amazing they had hired some Chefs from the Four Seasons and I think the food budget was "it doesn't matter" I only had Lobster once but crab legs were on the menu another day so that was some consolation.

    The plan had 2 flight attendants and they would work out in the Gym waiting for the plane to get turned around. The gym has glass walls so one can imagine all the drooling going on outside the gym.

    When I was there bad weather cancelled the flights out and I was given 2 minutes to call out on the Radio telephone and say I would be late coming home. I called my wife and told her to call my boss. He was pissed that I didn't call him and let him deal with my wife, as if.

    I was supposed to be there 3 days and was there 7 days. I never found religion but I did develop a critical eye for porn :lol3 and read all the James Michener books in the library.

    The storm got so bad that they had to shut down operations because the Inuit guarding the open entrance to the mine couldn't see across to each other and there was concern that a Polar Bear might get into the mine.

    My regret from that trip was that I didn't buy some of the sealskin clothing and boots for my family.The boots were 35.00 and the coats were about 150.

    So when we leave the plane loses a tire on takeoff and we have to land in Whitehorse. Now these 727's were set up to land on gravel runways so had special screens around the engines and other rough landing stuff. The plane also had a few weeks worth of gold production on it.

    I got to see a few gold bar pours while I was there - very cool.

    So we land in Whitehorse Saturday evening and of course the wheel /tire has to be flown in because it is not standard and there are no rooms in town so there are about 80 of us stuck till Monday afternoon at the airport.

    There is no place to sleep except on the plastic airport chairs and the floor. I go wandering around and find the Airport Manager's Office. It is open and has 2 sofa's and a recliner.

    I set myself up with the best sofa and then go find my two seatmates and motion to them to quietly come with me. We camped out in their till Monday morning eating vending machine food but at least it wasn't cold and windy every time a plane came in and the doors to the outside were opened.

    About 7:30 Monday the office door opens and the Airport manager walks into his office and finds all three of us asleep. He says good morning I am assuming you are the three smart ones on the broke Echo Bay plane, I will get us some coffee while you guys wake up.

    We flew out to Edmonton later that day and I got the last flight into Vancouver, Echo Bay looked after all of the flight stuff and they put me in Business for the flight home.

    This story used to bring tears of rage to a co-worker who spent 2 nights in Rankin Inlet.
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  15. H e a d N o r t h

    H e a d N o r t h (take the high road)

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    Yup, that story sounds about right.
    When I moved to Yellowknife (spent 3.5 years there), a local told me "Your choice: You either beat the winter, or it will beat you.". I bought a snowmobile, a rifle, fishing gear and got on with it...good times.
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  16. AwDang

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    Are the winter roads open to regular folks (non truckers) during the season? Spectacularnwt web site seems to imply that but I didnt see anything definitive. Thinking about bring my truck and camper up the Mackenzie Valley Rd next winter.
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  17. Cal

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    Are you ready for sleeping out in minus 40? and the truck is it ready? Propane seems to work poorly at that temp also.
    sounds like a great adventure, in my younger days this is something I would do.
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  18. AwDang

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    Thanks, but that doesn't address the question I asked.
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    Was just trying to make a conversation on an interesting trip idea.
    You should PM either Squonker or MitchG as they both live in the NWT
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  20. AwDang

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    Thanks for the names.
    I’ll start a thread about it when I’m closer and things are more firmed up. Do want to see a good light show and great bear lake
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