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Can You Cut It? The Lucrative (but Tough) Ice Road Trucking Career

If you are interested in a career that involves skilled labour, is challenging and unique, look no further than ice road trucking. Transporting essential goods by driving on icy roads and in variable conditions is not everyone’s idea of a comfortable job. However, for the right person and a skilled driver, ice road trucking in northern Canada could be the perfect career opportunity.


3 Reasons to Consider Ice Road Trucking as Your Next Career Move

  • Lucrative Pay – The harsh conditions, high degree of risk and isolation make ice road trucking a very challenging and well-paid position. Drivers can expect to earn upwards of $450 per day, for a one load, one-way trip to the mine from Yellowknife. Working within the hours of service restrictions, drivers typically earn $30,000 to $40,000 Canadian dollars within their few months as an ice road truck driver. With few expenses in the north and a highly valued skill to add to their resume, pay is definitely part of what makes ice road trucking such an attractive option for drivers across Canada and North America.
  • Short Work Season – As you can imagine, the ice road trucking season only lasts as long as the winter. That means drivers can expect to work for a few months of the year. Beginning in January until March, truckers will have a very lucrative beginning of the year and can expect to plan the rest of the year’s income to supplement these earnings.
  • Unique and Challenging Experience – The industry is not for the faint of heart. Due to the time of year and earth’s rotation, the majority of the driving will be done in darkness. There are few rest stops and very little development in the area, so if you are prone to feeling lonely or isolated on the roads, this may not be the right position for you. The driving conditions are indicated right in the name: ice roads. The conditions mean driving is done at an average of 15 miles per hour, making for a long and slow ride. With whiteouts, cracked ice and severe cold temperatures (averaging about -38 degrees Celsius), drivers need to be very skilled, tough and resilient.


Attend Truck Driving Courses at North Shore Driving School to Become an Ice Truck Driver

If you are interested in strengthening your driving skills to pursue a career in ice road trucking, North Shore Driving School Ltd. has air brake courses serving Abbotsford, Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby and throughout BC. North Shore Driving School also has Class 1 driving schools serving Surrey, Abbotsford, Burnaby and surrounding areas that can help get you on track to this lucrative career. Our driving school in Surrey can help you land the job. If you want to train to become an ice road truck driver, do not hesitate and enroll in a driving school in Abbotsford, Coquitlam, Burnaby, or surrounding area.


Schedule your air brake course or Class 1 driving lessons today. Do you have any questions or concerns? Please call us at 604-988-1138.