Isolated Canadians welcome highway linking country's south to Arctic Ocean

Conceived in the 1960s, the first all-season highway to forge the connection will open Wednesday morning: ‘It’s going to be a total impact’

For most of her life, if Laverna Smith wanted a fresh cut of beef, she had to board a plane to fetch it from the nearest butcher. But as of this week, she will be able to hop in her truck and drive there any day of the year – although it will still be a round trip of 276km.

Canada’s first all-season highway linking the country’s south to the Arctic ocean officially opens on Wednesday at 6am. The $300m gravel road stretches from the regional hub of Inuvik to the coastal hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories.

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