Duration:
4 Days
Getting Started
Season:
Summer

The farther north you travel, the longer the sun doesn’t leave the sky. This route takes you to the home of one the world’s greatest gold rushes, past the spectacular Tombstone Mountains, and up above the Arctic Circle where you’re treated to an extra-long dose of midnight sun.

Day 1 – Head North!

The drive from Whitehorse to Dawson City is easily done in a day. Take time to stop in Carmacks and visit the Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre. Arrive in downtown Dawson City, itself a national historic site. Remember, just because it doesn’t get dark doesn’t mean there’s not nightlife! Live music at local bars and can-can dancers and casino action at Diamond Tooth Gerties make for lively nights.

Day 2 - Gold in the Hills and Magic in the Skies

Touring National Historic Site Dredge #4 or taking a creekside hiking trail, Dawson City has plenty of ways to fill your day. As evening approaches, take a drive to Midnight Dome, a high point near Dawson City that gives a view of both the Yukon and Klondike Rivers and an amazing vantage point of the sun hovering above the horizon.

Day 3 – Wake Up, Gas Up, Gear Up

Turn toward the Arctic Circle. The Dempster Highway is maintained, but being prepared is imperative. Have a full tank, a spare tire, and a plan for where you’ll camp. The interpretive centre is your first stop in the stunning Tombstone Territorial Park. Drop in for a cup of Mountain Wild tea, visit the library, join a guided walk, and enjoy the interpretive programs and displays.

Day 4 – Maximize Your Midnight Sun Exposure

The farther north you go, the brighter the evening hours. Up above the Arctic Circle, the sun truly doesn't set for weeks. And this is where you’re heading! Eagle Plains is the halfway mark on the highway and is a good stop to fill up and enjoy the scenery. Be sure to snap a photo at the Arctic Circle sign before carrying on to Inuvik, NWT. Gear up for your return drive and enjoy the especially long daylight hours in the far north.

Must See & Do

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Hiking

This route offers great options for hiking. Give yourself time to appreciate the unique flora and fauna as well as the extra special scenery that surrounds you.

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Discovery Days

Discovery Days in Dawson City is a week-long celebration that includes an arts festival, can-can dancers, a writing competition, a golf tournament that tees off at midnight, and more.

Places to Stay

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Campgrounds & RV Parks

Dawson City has hotels and B&Bs, but plan ahead for a spot to camp once you hit the Dempster.

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