Audrey Nolte Painter tells about her trip from Vancouver to Inuvik
The Dempster Highway to Inuvik
This trip from Vancouver to Inuvik in Canada was in June, shortly after the ice melted. The condition of the road was good. It was very dusty for the last 100 km. This is the way to see Canada. Nearly 800 km of nature with no humans. We stopped often. Accommodation and food: very expensive. Take as much supplies as you can carry. Safe for motorbikes - just watch out for rocks from construction trucks. Ferry services were excellent over the Peel and MacKennzie rivers. Book hotels before you leave home for Inuvik. Book a trip to Tuktoyaktuk to put your feet in the Arctic Ocean.
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|Endless sky||Stop: Arctic Circle!|
The Dempster Highway (opens as a interactive map), also referred to as Yukon Highway 5 and Northwest Territories Highway 8, is a highway that connects the Klondike Highway in the Yukon Territory of Canada to Inuvik, Northwest Territories on the Mackenzie River delta. During the winter months, the highway extends another 194 km (121 mi) to Tuktoyaktuk, on the northern coast of Canada, using frozen portions of the Mackenzie River delta as an ice road (the Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road). The highway crosses the Peel River and the Mackenzie Rivers using a combination of seasonal ferry service and ice bridges.Nearly 800km from the Alaska Highway near Dawson City, Yukon, to Inuvik, Northwest Territories:THE DEMPSTER.
|Day 1: Dawson City. Take a day or two to see this town before you leave to Inuvik. Amazing place, great food and buildings.||Day 2: All the way to Eagle Plains. Take a book, there is nothing to do here: windy, empty: hotel and nothing else. Sleep.||Day 3: Coffee in Fort McPherson after two ferries over the Peel and Mackenzie Rivers. Arrive in Inuvik. Get rid of the dust.|
We were here to see the sun on Summer Solstice, 21 June. After a drive of nearly 4000km from Vancouver: worth every penny and every hour of travel time. Take the time: Go to the end of the earth. This is where the road ends in summer: the town of Inuvik. We then took a plane to Tuktoyaktuk and a 7 hour boat trip back.