Your ultimate Arctic adventure begins on the fabled Dempster Highway.
Long ribbons of road stretch 740 kilometres from Dawson City in Yukon to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. You’ll traverse stunning landscapes through the boreal forest, crossing Canada’s largest river – the mighty Mackenzie – out on to the tundra, and onto the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway, ending right at the edge of the Arctic Ocean. This Canadian road trip is an epic adventure as it’s the only year round public highway that crosses the Arctic Circle and brings you to the end of the continent. It’s a rewarding journey and a spectacular experience.
On the Northwest Territories portion of the route, you’ll experience stunning scenery. See timeless landscapes while passing through picturesque communities rich with Indigenous culture such as Fort McPherson and Tsiigehtchic. Eagle Plains is the halfway point but just beyond, you’ll cross the Arctic Circle. Don’t forget to take a picture of the signpost! Some Northwest Territories’ territorial campgrounds along the Dempster are Nataiinlaii, Gwich’in, Jàk and Happy Valley, located in Inuvik, which can easily accommodate RVs. Take this one-of-a-kind journey with as many stops as you wish – there’s a lot to see.
The journey ends where the road does – Tuktoyaktuk, home of the world’s largest pingo. Seek out local Inuvialuit artists and make sure to dip your toes in the Arctic Ocean! If you love a good road trip, there is no better destination than the top of the world right here in the NWT.