The Citroën 2CV is a distinctive European car, and will soon be making an appearance on the newly completed Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk highway.
Chang Luo, his wife, Jae Ding and four-year-old daughter Yuding, left England in April. They plan to drive the world for the next two years.
The couple, originally from China, wanted to do this journey now before their daughter starts going to school.
Luo said he had no doubt that he wanted to drive in a 1985 version of the Citroën 2CV.
“This car is very interesting. I restored it by myself. I put a lot of effort into it. It has to be this car,” he said.
Luo made sure to winterize the vehicle, and now that they are up north, he says he brings the car battery inside with him every night.
The family planned to head off to Inuvik Friday, now that the Mackenzie River ice crossing is open.
They originally planned to head there in early November but found out that with the ferry closed, it would be impossible to get there.
“It’s kind of difficult so we decided to do a detour first to Alaska and come back when the river crossings were ready,” Luo said.
This is the first time they have ever been to North America, and they drove all the way to China before shipping the car to Vancouver, he said.
Along the way, there have been lots of reactions to the small red car.
“Normally people will say what a toy car! It’s for kids,” Luo said. “Still, many people know this car, and many Canadian and American people love this car as well. I have met many 2CV friends in Canada.”
Luo says he always wanted to go to Inuvik but didn’t know at first if it would be possible to drive to Tuktoyaktuk, let alone be one of the first tourists to drive on the all-season highway.
“I feel so good,” he said. “I heard about the new highway a couple of months ago and it’s always been in my mind to drive this new highway. On top of the world, to reach the Arctic Ocean would be very exciting.”