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Making the winter passage from Fort McMurray to Fort Chip is a true northern adventure
A historic rock cairn, rimed and grey, looks out over Lake Athabasca. With her gloved hand, Hanna Bishop brushes the hoar shards from the bronze plaque, revealing the historic majesty of the Canadian north. Where we are standing is the spot on which stood the North West Company’s most important trading post, Fort Chipewyan, founded in 1788.
This is the pivot point around which spins our medicine wheel of impressions, a mental 360-degree timelapse chasing daylight over frosty tundra, car wheels spinning across frozen rivers, watching moose trudge through snowy stands of pine, ravens circling overhead, frosted willows lining the miles of uninhabited, icy delta.
When You Go
Edmonton to Fort McMurray is about a four-hour drive, which includes travel on a new twinned highway. The Fort McMurray Airport has regularly scheduled flights from major carriers.
SnowSeekers asks you consider flight offsets if air is included in your itinerary.
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