Winter Road Update – Most Winter Roads are now closed to Full Load Transport Deliveries

De Beers trucks on the ice road headed into Victor Mine - Image courtesy De Beers
De Beers trucks on the ice road headed into Victor Mine - Image courtesy De Beers

All Winter Roads are Currently closed to Full Transport deliveries Except for North Caribou Lake FN. Some communities may still have limited access by light personal vehicle but travel will be at your own risk.

THUNDER BAY – The winter roads are a vital link to get major supplies into communities in Northwestern Ontario. Nishnawbe Aski Nation reports on the condition of Winter Roads in NAN Territory.

Thirty-four of Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s 49 member First Nations are remote, accessible only by air or seasonal roads. The winter road network. The winter road network consists of five district corridors, stretching over approximately 2,800 kilometers across NAN territory, with each corridor connecting a series of First Nations.

In total there are 29 First Nations connected:

Corridor 1 – Pikangikum, Poplar Hill, North Spirit Lake, Deer Lake & Sandy Lake

Corridor 2 – North Caribou, Keewaywin, Koocheching, Muskrat, Sachigo, Bearskin & Cat Lake

Corridor 3 – Wunnumin, Wawakapewin, Kingfisher, Kasabonika, Wapekeka & Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (see Closure Notice)

Corridor 4 – Neskantaga, Webequie, Nibinamik, Eabametoong & Marten Falls

Corridor 5 – Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Kashechewan & Moose Cree

Corridor 6 – Fort Severn & Weenusk

Current Status – As of Friday, January 24, 2020:

Road Capacity Overview – 31 Winter Road Connected Communities

 Communities Under construction:   10

Communities Open to Light:  18

Communities Open to Partial:  2

Communities Open to Full:  1

 Corridor One – Western Corridor: Pikangikum, Poplar Hill, North Spirit Lake, Deer Lake, Sandy Lake, Keewaywin (realignment and road opening anticipated this winter road season)

Under Construction:       Deer Lake, Sandy Lake, Keewaywin

Open to Light:                 Pikangikum, Poplar Hill, North Spirit Lake,

Open to Partial Loads:    none

Open to Full:                  none

Corridor Two – Central Corridor: North Caribou Lake, Muskrat Dam, Bearskin Lake, Sachigo Lake, Cat Lake

Under Construction:       Cat Lake

Open to Light:                Muskrat Dam, Bearskin Lake, Sachigo Lake

Open to Partial Loads:    none

Full Loads:                      North Caribou Lake

Corridor Three – Middle Corridor: Kingfisher Lake, Wunnumin Lake, Wawakapewin, Kasabonika Lake, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Wapekaka

 Under Construction:       Wawakapewin, Kasabonika Lake, Wapekeka,

Open to Light:               Kingfisher Lake, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, , Wunnumin Lake

Open to Partial Loads:    none

Open to Full Loads:        none

Corridor Four – Eastern Corridor: Neskantaga, Nibinamik, Webequie, Eabametoong, Marten Falls

Under Construction:       Marten Falls

Open to Light:               Eabametoong, Webequie

Open to Partial Loads:    Nibinamik, Neskantaga

Open to Full Loads:        none

Corridor Five – Far North Corridors: Moose Cree, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat, Weenusk, Fort Severn

 Under Construction:       Fort Severn, Weenusk

Open to Light:                 Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat, Moose Cree

Open to Partial Loads:    none

Open to Full Loads:        none

Other Winter Road Connected First Nations: Temagami, Animaki Wa Zhing #37, Northwest Angle #33

 Under Construction:       none

Open to Light:               Animakee Wa Zhing #37, Northwest Angle #33, Temagami

Open to Partial Loads    none

Open to Full Loads:        none