Where to stay

The Dempster route is an iconic road trip, perfect for RVing. It also offers a number of locations to pitch your tent and enjoy a long Arctic evening.

Dawson City is a community of 1,375 with a number of hotels, cabins and campgrounds. Check out your options on DawsonCity.ca.

After driving about two hours, you’ll reach Tombstone Territorial Park. There's an interpretive centre and campground. You won’t find a B&B, but you can park your RV or set up your tent and take a day to explore the trails in this beautiful mountain area.

Your next stop on the highway is Eagle Plains at km 371. This is halfway to Inuvik! Set up camp for the night and gas up before setting off for the rest of your drive.

The next community you’ll reach is Fort McPherson. At this point, you’ll have already crossed the Arctic Circle, the NWT border, stopped to do some fishing and taken the Abraham Francis Ferry over the Peel River, so it’s a good opportunity to take a break from the road. Camp at Nitainlaii Territorial Park or stay at the Peel River Inn. While in Fort McPherson get a hot meal, pick up some groceries at the Co-op and as always, gas up.

At km 142.6, there's a major ferry crossing at the junction of the Arctic Red and Mackenzie rivers, with potential for a side trip to Tsiigehtchic. Continuing to Inuvik, the vast Gwich’in Territorial Park offers non-powered sites, trails and excellent facilities.  

If you need to plug-in your RV, head for scenic Jak Territorial Park with panoramic views just outside Inuvik.

Once you reach Inuvik, you’ll be in the largest community in the Western Arctic.  Inuvik offers a number of dining and accommodation options, and has an in-town campground (Happy Valley Territorial Park) overlooking the Mackenzie River. Stop in at the Western Arctic Visitor Centre to learn about  activities, services and events in Inuvik and the surrounding area.