The ice road trucking industry has been around for many decades and is one of the oldest transportation methods in Alaska over the frozen waterways.  Hundreds of transportation companies are situated at strategic points throughout Alaska and Canada's network of ice roads, in addition to trucking hubs in cities and towns in isolated areas that can only be reached two months out of the year.  The choice is up to you where you want to drive as there are many possibilities and runs that are available.

There are also many satellite offices, loading and unloading areas that are key to delivering much needed supplies to the oil field's, towns and diamond mines in Alaska and Northern Canada.

Interestingly, each major transportation company may have to up to fifty trucks and lease more in order to get all supplies where they need to be within the short 8-10 weeks that is the ice road season, which begins in late November and ends in Mid-January in most areas when it is coldest.

The dash for cash is on, and the more loads an ice road trucker makes, the bigger the bonuses they will receive from the transportation company that they are driving for.  Seasoned ice road truckers can make up to $90k USD, while first-timers will typically earn between $20k-$40k, depending on the region, where the firm is based and which ice roads they run.

Along with natives and residents of Canada and the U.S., you'll find that there are many non-residents as well working the ice roads that come from Europe and other areas of the world because of the pay and benefits which are unbeatable.

As far as job availability is concerned, they are always hiring, both for primary, relief and backup drivers, and at any given time there is always about 30-40% positions to be filled due to the high turnover rate and short season.

Many seasoned ice road truckers come back each year, but more than half do not to pursue other interests which means open contracts are in abundance.

Transportation companies get reimbursed a lot for delivering goods under risky conditions, and so they don't want to miss out.  This is achieved by staffing up to 40% over and above what they need.   The reason being is that it's cheaper to pay a driver on standby that might not work full time than lose the client or load.

So, even though you may be looking at five days of driving at the week, many ice road truckers only drive three or four as the transportation company switches between drivers to give them breaks so they don't get fatigued and make mistakes on the road.  Keep in mind though, your pay is guaranteed not to change and you will receive it in full regardless of how many hours you put in.

Although, we suggest you drive hard for the bonuses!

Whether you're looking to drive the ice roads between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada or head up to the Northwest Territories near Yellowknife and challenge yourself on the ice road up there, it's all up to you.  Try your hand by driving over the ice road from the barren territories of the Yukon or go make some trips from Northeastern Ontario to Moosonee and surrounding areas.  The Alaskan bush near and around Prudhoe Bay is booming and truck driving opportunities over the ice roads need to be filled.  They need drivers now.  Other popular ice road truck trucking runs between Nunavut to villages and townships around Ontario's Albany River

Whatever you decide, you will have the contacts to ensure that you secure your job as an ice road trucker.

There is no doubt about it, hands down, the commercial truck driving industry on the ice roads is the best opportunity for those looking for adventure, good pay and great benefits.

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