When I was 14 years old I was reading books from the famous author Jack London. My absolute favourite was “white Fang”.
For some reasons I was always attracted to the desolation of the north and the gold rush era. When I moved to Canada in 2000, I have always wanted to explore this magnificent country whether it was by air, boat , car, and of course by motorcycle. In 2010 a fantastic group of guys and myself traveled from Victoria BC to Inuvik in the North West Territories. We then continued to Fairbanks and Skagway in Alaska. An absolute magical trip. Every one should take this trip to understand how vast this part of the world really is.
From Dawson City in Yukon to Inuvik in the North West Territories we traveled through the magical Dempster Highway.
The Dempster Highway, Canada’s only all-season public road to cross the Arctic Circle, is among the world’s most unique driving routes. Starting near Dawson City, this 736 km unpaved highway traverses northern Yukon all the way to Inuvik, Northwest Territories.
A scenic drive up the Dempster Highway begins with a visit to Tombstone Park and the new interpretive centre where naturalists offer walks, travel information and wildlife viewing tips. Tombstone is a haunting landscape remembered for its jagged peaks and colour-stained hills.
Rich in wildlife and bird activity, the Ogilvie and Richardson mountains are home to moose, sheep, grizzly bears, wolves and the Porcupine caribou herd.
“The Dempster” as it is known locally is lined with plenty of pullouts, day hikes and roadside diversions. This historic highway crosses the Arctic Circle and traverses the Continental Divide three times. In mid-August, the vegetation begins to change colour, igniting a crimson parade that turns the tundra into swaths of scarlet and gold.
With limited services, two ferry crossings and long stretches across open tundra, the Dempster Highway is an adventurous driving experience.