Your trip along the Dempster Highway is going to be filled with many hours where you are the only person for kilometers around, so it’s important to take full advantage of the few stops and services where you can gas up, get some rest, and enjoy a good meal.
Eagle Plains has a population of 8, making it one of the smallest communities in the Yukon. It’s the only hotel and garage between Dawson City and Inuvik, and one of the few places you can meet and chat with people also heading up or down on the Dempster.
Less than an hour from the Arctic Circle sign, Eagle Plains gives plenty of wide and wild opportunities to see the spectacular Northern landscapes and wildlife.
Your journey down the Dempster Highway starts here in the City of Dawson in the Yukon. Dawson City is a historic and adventure-filled destination in its own right – the centre of the Klondike Gold Rush from 1896-1899.
Getting to Dawson City can be an adventure itself before you even start down the Dempster Highway – access Dawson City by road from Whitehorse or even Alaska on a scenic journey on the North Klondike Highway (#2) or the Top of the World Highway (#9). Flying is an option from Whitehorse, Old Crow, and Inuvik – but for a truly historic experience, make your way to Dawson City by canoe, kayak or raft down the Yukon River.
Set off on your great Northern adventure up the Dempster Highway towards the Arctic Circle and the end of the road in Tuktoyaktuk.
The name of Tsiigehtchic means “at the mouth of the iron river” in the Gwichya Gwich’in dialect. It is located at the confluence of the Mackenzie River and the Arctic Red River. Tsiigehtchic has a population of less than 200. The tourist centre operates from June to August.
Phone: (867) 953-3201
Established in 1970 to stimulate employment in Fort McPherson, this community-based enterprise combines traditional skills with current manufacturing and production methods to craft a wide selection of products.
From canvas tents and Tipis to Cordura nylon travel bags and even custom sewing projects, the Fort McPherson shop’s products are used by hunters, police, the military, surveyors and geologists the world over.
The shop’s speciality is a double-walled, straight-sided canvas tent, a staple for rugged backcountry camping trips in the North. These are the ultimate tents for the Arctic wilderness; they are sure sign of a serious adventure in the making. Fort McPherson travel bags are also widely sought after and have travelled all over the world.