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This image depicts the preparation for The Canol Project at Fort Fitzgerald in 1942. The Canol Project was short for the Canadian Oil Road; a pipeline and road built during the Second World War that spanned from Norman Wells, Northwest Territories to Whitehorse, Yukon. A North American initiative to provide fuel to Allied Forces who relocated from the Pacific Ocean to Alaska to defend against the Japanese Imperial Army. At the cost of 135 million dollars in 1943, 2,600 km of pipelines, 830 km of gravel roads, 830 km of telephone lines, 2,400 km of winter roads and 10 aircraft landing strips were used. The Canadian Oil Road was shut down in 1945 for not preforming well.
Credit: Hudson’s Bay Company, Negative No.: 84-19