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 up 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. More than 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 guided 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 and hike right from the roadside. Dempster accommodations are at Eagle Plains near the Arctic Circle, in Dawson City and Inuvik. Camping gives you more options: try the 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 in the Northwest Territories. 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 an abundance of young animals, mid-summer heralds long days under the midnight sun, and late summer visitors are treated to crimson and gold tundra vegetation.

Must See & Do
Places to Stay
Accommodations
Dawson & the Dempster
Dawson & the Dempster
Dawson & the Dempster
From picturesque campgrounds to modern hotels with all the amenities, the Yukon has a wide range of accommodation options. Camping and accommodations are limited on the Dempster Highway portion; having a plan for where you’ll stay is advisable.
Don't Forget
Driving and Insurance
Dawson & the Dempster
The key for any road trip is being prepared to enjoy the ride.
Discover Your Yukon

You can get here more quickly than you may think! Major commercial airlines connect Whitehorse with Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Kelowna, and Yellowknife.