A little late with posting these, from about two weeks ago, plus 18 no the ice. River was opening up but with crampons the ice was still navigable, though not recommended for crossing. The ice came out last Saturday night by town, more of a slow whimper of a melt than a bang. Not at all like the Mackenzie by Inuvik. small channels developed then slowly merged together until the main channel of the river cleared out. Shore ice still on the banks in many places though it is going fast. There was a breakup lottery that you could enter but the actual opening of the river was so vague that one would wonder how the actual time was documented.