The Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway will officially open Nov. 15 with celebrations in Inuvik followed by more in Tuktoyaktuk.

Opening ceremonies, a ribbon-cutting and reception in Inuvik will take place first, followed by a drive along the new highway to opening ceremonies, fireworks and a feast in Tuktoyaktuk.

Wally Schumann, minister of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, told the legislative assembly this week that the celebrations will be of national significance, marking the first time Canada will be connected by highway from coast to coast to coast.

“Expanding our transportation system will help us connect residents to new social and employment opportunities, stabilize the cost of living in the territory … and adapt to the impacts of climate change and provide better access to natural resources,” he stated.

A separate ceremony will take place in summer 2018 to celebrate the tourism opportunities the road will provide.

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