Canada’s first all-weather road to cross the Arctic Circle. It is a 735 km (455 mile) two-lane, gravel-surfaced, all-weather highway from the Klondike Highway near Dawson City to Inuvik, Northwest Territories.
In September 1993 we drove to the Arctic Circle and back to Dawson City, same day.
In June 1996 we visited Inuvik for the longest day of the year.
July 2011, drove to Tombstone Mountain Park to camp overnight.
To the Arctic Circle in June 2015
We hope to make a trip with the truck & camper in winter.
There is an excellent 52-page mile-by-mile
guide published by the Yukon government,
"The Dempster Highway Travelogue" is at
At the start of the Dempster Highway there is an information sign that provides information about the route, people and landscape. In the picture below, that is the Dempster Highway on the left of the picture and our truck and fifth wheel in the pull-off.
In some places, the views go on forever. The signs are the only obstructions!
The government campground in Tombstone Park is a nice spot to stay. There are no services. The hiking is great though. There is also an interesting visitor info centre there.
Many of the old information signs are no longer in place. I liked them.
Below, three different seasons at Tombstone Mountain. I hope to add a winter scene soon.
North of Tombstone but still within the park, the landscape is stunning!
Some of following pictures might be out of order. My notes from the trip refer to before Eagle Plains and after Eagle Plains, but not the specific locations.
Thirty-five kilometres (22 miles) north of Eagle Plains is the Arctic Circle.
The signage has changed significantly since 1993.
On June 22 at the Arctic Circle, the sun does not set below the horizon.
The Yukon-Northwest Territories border is at kilometre 465 (mile 290).
Inuvik is another 270 km (170 miles) northward.
I need to make this trip again, with the GPS so I can confirm the locations of my photos.
Also set your clocks one hour ahead for Mountain Standard Time.
The smoke from the forest fires created some interesting hues in my images.
At the Peel River ferry, the sign and loading area are not overwhelming. We chuckled when we saw the bulldozer, ready to make any alterations to the "loading ramp". The ferry came back across the river and we eagerly awaited the "signal from the ferry personnel". The "signal" was almost undetectable; it has a very small flick of the fellow's hand as he stood by the ferry.
The Peel River ferry is a cable crossing with scheduled hours from early June to mid-October, depending on the river ice. In winter, there is an ice-bridge at this location.
At Inuvik we stayed at the Happy Valley territorial campground. It was tidy and within walking distance of "downtown". There isn't much of a downtown -- it is more of a "main drag" through town with some stores, a hotel, a community centre.
We set the alarm clock to wake us up in the middle of the "night".
With so much daylight, we left Inuvik late in the afternoon and drove until about 10 p.m., stopping near Eagle Plains on our way southbound.