Duration:
10 Days
Getting Started
Season:
Summer

Canada's only all-weather road across the Arctic Circle is among the world's most unique driving routes. With services at both ends, and one lone outpost in the middle, this unpaved two lane highway is an original driving adventure. The isolation and variable conditions can prove challenging, but the abundant wildlife, easy access to the tundra and expansive views are unmatched

Days 1-2 – Planning Your Dempster Driving Adventure

An enjoyable, safe journey up the Dempster Highway involves careful planning. Ensure you have good spare tires and do some basic vehicle maintenance. You'll find everything you need at Whitehorse garages, stores and service suppliers before you head north on the North Klondike Highway. You may also want to plan your accommodations in advance.

Days 3-4 – Tour the Klondike

Take a couple of days to explore historic Dawson City and learn about the Klondike Gold Rush. A century after thousands of miners flooded into Dawson looking for gold, it's a story that still captivates and entertains. Visit national historic sites, take a town walking tour, and enjoy Dawson's lively nightlife.

Days 5-7 – Cross the Arctic Circle

Embark on your journey to the Arctic! Visit Tombstone Park, hike from the roadside, and watch the parade of wildlife. Dempster accommodations are at Eagle Plains near the Arctic Circle, and in Dawson City and Inuvik. Camping gives you more options: try Tombstone, Engineer Creek or Rock River campgrounds.

Day 8-9 – Visit the Mackenzie Delta

Descend from the Richardson Mountains and ride two river ferries to reach the delta towns of Fort McPherson, Tsiigehtchic and Inuvik. Watch for caribou and moose, and learn about the cultural heritage of Delta communities.

Day 10 – Southbound Migration

Whether you take your time or drive through to Dawson City in a day, soak in the spectacular tundra scenery and abundant wildlife. Early summer brings a flush of young animals, mid-summer heralds long days under the midnight sun, and late summer visitors are treated to crimson and gold tundra vegetation.

Places to Stay

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Hotels & Motels

Yukon's hotels and motels are an excellent base for exploring the surrounding area. You'll be set for comfort and convenience on a multi-day stay. Or stop in for a welcoming place to spend the night while road-tripping around the territory.

Don't Forget
Come Again
You've come this far to drive the legendary Dempster, so we hope you'll stay a bit longer to experience the Klondike Gold Rush in lively, historic Dawson City. Weave together Yukon's festivals, cultural centres, museums and friendly towns while touring our iconic drives.