The Ski to the Edge Project

Project Executive Summary

In 1943 a first nation tracker called Alex Van Biber was hired by the United States Army to scout a possible route for the Canol pipeline supply route as part of the war effort.  His expedition saw him head North across the remote wilderness of the Mckensie Mountain range to Norman Wells. He would meet a dog team heading South, shoot the horses and feed the dogs. This pipeline was built to supply oil to Alaska to defend against the Japanese that had landed on the Aleutian Islands.