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Do you need SUV to drive to Dettah Ice Road ?

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Do you need SUV to drive to Dettah Ice Road ?

We are planning to rent a car. Just wonder if you need SUV to drive to Dettah Ice Road. Do most of the airport rental cars equipped with snow tires? Is it a long drive to Aurora village?

Edmonton, Canada
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1. Re: Do you need SUV to drive to Dettah Ice Road ?

Usually there is no need to use an SUV. And I'm not sure if the rental cars are equipped with snow tires, but all seasons would be fine as long as you take it easy. I haven't been home in a long time and Aurora Village wasn't around when i was there. Their website says it's 30 minutes from downtown YK. I doubt it's a long drive. Just let your hotel, or BB owner know where you are going and when to expect you back and you should be fine.

My friend and i used to do 360's on the iceroad in an old car back in the day, lol. It all depends on what makes you feel safe. If you feel safer in an SUV, then that might be the way to go, but if you prefer to drive a car, that's ok too.

Atlantic City, New...
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2. Re: Do you need SUV to drive to Dettah Ice Road ?

thanks for your reply. How far is Dettah ice Road from downtown Yellowknife? Is there a sign that tell you where to go from downtown yellowknife? I was told it is a good place to watch sunset there.

Edmonton, Canada
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3. Re: Do you need SUV to drive to Dettah Ice Road ?

Pretty much everything is within a 30 minute drive. When I lived there, it was by a boat launch by Arctic Divers. I'm not sure if it's in the same spot. I've seen it changed up every now and then, anywhere in old town is just a 10 minute drive from downtown. There should be a sign.

Yellowknife, Canada
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4. Re: Do you need SUV to drive to Dettah Ice Road ?

Drove it last week... drives just like a regular road... but remember speeding fines are VERY high... BTW the ice road starts in Yellowknife off School Draw Road... Here are my photos of the ice road

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