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The Dempster Highway

Bundle up and hop in as you prepare to cross the Arctic Circle. Experience a world apart while following the Dempster Highway, with most northerly public road in Canada, leading travellers through Yukon and the Northwest Territories. As you travel north, take in the magical power of Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights, which can be seen approximately 240 nights of the year in this part of the world.

The Dempster Highway presents an intriguing challenge for those brave enough to take on over 700km of gravel highway. Make sure to pack spare tires and basic vehicle maintenance supplies, as you earn your place in the group fondly named “end of the roaders” by the locals at the final destination of Inuvik.

Start your trip in the historic Dawson City, a town seemingly stuck in the time of the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1800s. From here, you’ll travel north toward the Arctic Circle, with a stop at Eagle Plains. Accommodation can be sparse along this route, but campers can stop at parks including Tombstone, Engineer Creek or Rock River. The drive along the Dempster Highway offers an array of topical scenery and wildlife. Keep an eye out for bears, moose and other animals residing in this region. Make sure to stop at take a picture when you reach the Arctic Circle.

Your destination is the Mackenzie Delta town of Inuvik, the largest settlement north of the Arctic Circle. Take in the Midnight Sun while you enjoy whitefish, caribou stew and (for highly adventurous eaters) whale blubber, called “muktuk”. There is also a local church parading as an igloo.

To reach Inuvik, you must cross a river. Ferries carry cars during North American summer months (June-August) and vehicles can drive right over the ice in winter (December-February), but beware in spring and fall, as passage may be closed.


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