The Canol Trail cleanup is over — was it good enough?


The federal government wrapped up its remediation of the Canol Trail — an abandoned, World War II-era road through the Mackenzie Mountains — in 2019, but a co-founder of a yearly hike along the route isn’t pleased with the amount of debris that remains there.

Norman Yak’eula is with the Canol Trail Youth Leadership Hike. He says the land is still spotted with old vehicles, empty barrels and other debris from the trail’s days as a military road and oil pipeline connecting the oilfield in Norman Wells, N.W.T., to the Alaska Highway in the Yukon. 

Yak’eula acknowledged federal remediation efforts, but said he wants the Canadian government, and even the U.S. government, to continue

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