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Getting There

By Car -- Think again. It's not impossible to drive to Fort Chipewyan -- except in spring, summer, and fall, when the terrain is impassable -- but it's really not easy. The winter road, over frozen wetlands, is 277km (168 miles), but it's slow going -- as long as 10 hours, by most estimates. Factor in that you'll be traveling over completely untracked wilderness -- that means no truck stops, gas stations, or bathrooms, folks -- well, even if a visit to far-north Fort Chip when it's -40°F or worse strikes your fancy you might want to opt for a different mode of transport.

By Air -- This is really the only option that makes sense. Air Mikisew (tel. 800/268-7112; www.airmikisew.com), owned and operated by the local First Nations people, runs regular flights from Fort McMurray to Fort Chipewyan three times daily, except Saturdays, for C$230 each way.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.