Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Dempster Highway Roadtrip - Yukon to NW Territories

For all of those who love going north (I mean far north) - The Dempster Highway is for you! The Dempster Highway is Canada's only all weather road into the Arctic Circle. If you are so inclined, you can in winter when the road is extended 190km north and uses an ice road to get to Tuktoyaktuk.

Things to see and do:
  • Don't leave your camera behind - this is nature photographers paradise. There are many 'pullouts' on the highway so take your time!
  • See Tombstone Territorial Park
  • See Moose, Grizzlies, Caribou, Peregrine Falcon, Gryfalcons, and Golden Eagles from this road.
  • Go Hiking
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Reach the Arctic Circle at Kilometer 403 (Mile 250)
Dempster Highway - PierreWiki Creative Commons

Northern Lights from Dempster Highway, madmack66, Creative Commons

Dempster Highway - rocco degiacomo Creative Commons

Dempster Highway - Mschacter Creative Commons

Directions starting from Dawson City
1Head northwest toward Klondike Hwy/YT-2 S
2Turn left at Klondike Hwy/YT-2 S
3Turn left at Dempster Hwy/YT-5 N
4Turn right to stay on Dempster Hwy/YT-5 N
Continue to follow Dempster Hwy
Entering Northwest Territories
5Take the Dempster Hwy/Fort McPherson NT Highway 8 NT/NT-8 N ferry
6Continue straight onto Dempster Hwy/NT-8 N
7Take the ferry
8Continue straight onto Dempster Hwy/Ferry Ramp/NT-8 N
Continue to follow Dempster Hwy/NT-8 N
9Turn right

Total: 765 km - about 16 hours 29 mins

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