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Thought I'd share a few photos from our trip up to the Arctic Ocean, at Tuktoyaktuk, NWT, Canada (summer 2018).
 

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That's what you buy a Forester for! :thumbsup:

(And how you get out of the central OH heat and humidity for the summer.)
 

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Question: Why did you choose to visit this location? It looks like an awesome road trip, and I would love to do something that like. But, I'm just curious as to why you went to that particular spot. Seems rather forlorn.

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What an awesome experience! Thanks for sharing! I'm a new forester owner(2017 2.5i cvt) and was wondering how did your forester hold up over the course of your trip?
 

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Question: Why did you choose to visit this location? It looks like an awesome road trip, and I would love to do something that like. But, I'm just curious as to why you went to that particular spot. Seems rather forlorn.

StanF
It was the farthest north we could drive in Canada, only recently possible owing to the completion of a final stretch of road from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk. That's pretty much it. Next summer we're off to the maritime provinces of Canada.
 

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Great road trip! How long did it take?
We allowed 12-days from Ohio to Tuktoyaktuk. The whole affair, Ohio, Canada, Alaska, Oregon, Ohio took 5-weeks (including one week of kicking back in Oregon). We took back roads from Oregon to Iowa.
 

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No troubles. No flats. No need for extra gas (though, we brought along an empty 4 gal. gas can--we won't next time).
 

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Great trip and photos! We were stationed in Alaska (Elmendorf AFB) from 1989-1996 and loved traveling throughout AK and Yukon Territory. We did not get THAT far north, though. LOL

Mind if I ask what tires you used for that trip? Also, did you have (or even need) the Subaru skid plates?

Also - how about some more photos! I bet you took more than those. Thanks.
 

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We used Yokohama A/T-S on factory rims (with a full sized spare, 12V tire pump, 2 cans of Fix-A-Flat, and a plywood square to put under the jack on gravel). Yet, no flats. We ran reduced the pressures on gravel (~28 psi) and drove conservatively (32-39 mph). With LT tires, which these aren't, I'd have been a bit more confident. It's a loooong way to the nearest service once you get very far north! All the roads were well graded so there was absolutely no need for skid plates. We only encountered one incline where the soil supporting the gravel had softened from heavy rains. Maybe a hundred yards or so of wondering if we'd spin through the gravel and into the mud--the only time we needed "symmetrical AWD." Overall, we were impressed at how well the road was maintained. The flip side to regular grading is that sharp rocks get randomly arranged across the surface (many sticking straight up), increasing chance of punctures. I'll think about more pictures.
Thanks for you service! -randle
 

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As to doing it in the winter, were I 40-years younger, that would be tempting!
 

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Does that new road north from Inuvik mean that the ice road from Inuvik to Tuk is no longer needed in season?
 

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Johndixs-- I imagine the course of the old winter road has been replaced (burried under?) the all season road. But I really don't know.
 
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