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All-year van tours on the Dempster Highway in Canada | CA-NTY802

Cross into the Arctic Circle on an unforgettable road trip on the Dempster Highway

Overview

Cross the Yukon to the Arctic Circle and the Arctic Ocean on our 7 and 8-day tour along the Dempster Highway, Canada’s first all-weather road, and explore the rich geography and history of the country’s northern regions.

Highlights

  • Alaska - Klondike Highway
  • Gold dredge, snowmobile or dog sledding
  • Tuktoyaktuk Highway
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Dawson City
  • Mackenzie Delta
  • Hurricane Alley
  • Richardson Mountains

Travel on the only road in Canada that crosses the Arctic Circle and visit the lands of the Inuits, who still treasure their rich history and deep-rooted culture. Follow the footprints of the gold seekers and even try your own hand at gold panning!

This Dempster Highway van tour is the ultimate road trip adventure for those looking to explore the Canadian wilderness!

The 7-day winter Arctic Circle tour crosses the "dotted line" that marks Latitude 66.33 degrees and offers a chance to see Arctic wildlife, snow-covered mountains and celestial fireworks along the way. Every nature photographer dreams of capturing on film the magical Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, but few have the opportunity to do so north of the Arctic Circle.

The 7-day fall Arctic Circle tour takes you across the "dotted line" north along the famous Dempster Highway, providing ample opportunity to photograph the arctic wilderness and experience the majestic beauty of the northern mountain ranges. You will spend three days within a range of the Aurora oval, a huge ring above the Earth's Geomagnetic North Pole, assuring the best possible prospect to see and photograph Canada’s amazing Northern Lights.

The 8-day summer and fall Dempster Highway tour feature all the best highlights of Yukon and the Northwest Territories. It takes you through some stunning rugged Richardson Mountain ranges and the breathtaking Mackenzie River Delta, all the way down to the Arctic Ocean and the town of Tuktoyaktuk.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group
  • Expert guides
Availability Feb-Aug
Duration 8 days
Departs From Whitehorse, YT
Difficulty Easy
Group maximum 6
Minimum age 18
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

From

2 302
Per Adult
    • Best Price Guarantee
    • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
    • International number: +1 780 414 1676

For further information about dates and prices:
Please see the price list in the section here below.

What's Included

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Included

  • Airport transfers in Whitehorse and Inuvik
  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels and lodges
  • Arctic Circle certificate
  • Return flight from Inuvik to Whitehorse
  • Fees and licenses
  • Emergency equipment
  • Experienced driver/guide for the duration of the tour

What to bring

  • Personal items

Not Included

  • Meals and beverages in hotels and restaurants
  • Medical insurance

Contact us for more Information about this tour

TOLL FREE NUMBER IN N. AMERICA: +1 888 285 1676
INTERNATIONAL NUMBER: +1 780 414 1676

You can also send an email to info@adventures.com, or use the contact form here below.

Itinerary

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Information

Dempster Highway Gravel Road in northern territories
Our tour takes you through the highlights of the only all-weather road in Canada, Dempster Highway. It’s one of the most picturesque roads in the world and stretches over 457 mi (736 km).

The journey starts in Whitehorse and ends at the historic hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk on the 8-day trip and just over the Northwest Territories border on the 7-day trip. 
Along the way, we’ll visit the vibrant Dawson City and enjoy incredible nature. Most parts of this tour are still untouched by mass tourism, as the Inuvik - Tuktoyaktuk Highway, an extension of the Dempster Highway opened just recently in 2017.

We drive in 4x4 powerful vans that ensure a safe and comfortable journey. The groups are limited to four to five passengers per vehicle, making the tour a truly personal experience.

The tours are offered in two seasons, summer and winter departures.

Traveling between June and September, the tour takes you to Dawson City and a gold dredge, where you can try your luck at gold panning. We’ll pass green scenery and deep rivers, and track wild animals as they live and thrive in their natural habitats.

If you prefer traveling in winter, get ready for some icy adventures. The roads are covered in fluffy snow, transforming the landscape into a frozen wonderland. Ferries across the rivers are replaced with ice bridges and you get the chance to add some extra thrills to your trip by going on a dog sledding or snowmobiling adventure!
high above whitehorse city in canada

The eight-day tour starts at Whitehorse and takes you on an adventurous tour all the way to Canada’s Arctic Coast. Along the way, you’ll feel like you’re traveling back in time to the age of the Gold Rush in Dawson City – a town famed for its rich history and great nightlife. You’ll even get to try your hand at gold panning!

After a great night in the city, we’ll leave civilization behind and take the road to Tuktoyaktuk. Here we’ll learn about the incredible history and lifestyle of the Inuit people.

Get ready for a great combination of history, adventures, and extraordinary wilderness, all on one incredible trip!

 

Day 1 Arrival

Arrival in Whitehorse, capital of northwest Canada’s Yukon territory. A shuttle service will take you from the airport to your hotel in the city center.

In the evening, we’ll have a short pre-tour meeting with the guide. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy and explore this charming city!

 

Day 2 Alaska - Klondike Highway

The adventure begins! We’ll travel from Whitehorse to Dawson, a city that has long been associated with the Gold Rush. The city attracted the lucky gold miners who became rich overnight and were looking to spend their fortunes. Dawson was packed with most expensive shops offering quality garments, restaurants serving the finest dishes, and late night bars with endless entertainment. The spirit of this time is still alive in the city.

We’ll drive along the famous Alaska - Klondike Highway and pass some great northern rivers, such as the Yukon, Pelly, and Stewart. We’ll also see the impressive Five Finger Rapids, where four islands divide the river into five narrow channels.

We’ll reach Dawson in the late afternoon, so you can relax in the hotel or enjoy the city in the evening.

klondike highway road in canada

Day 3 Dawson City

Today is all about exploring Dawson City, the second largest town in Yukon. If you’d like to learn more about the unique landscape formed during the Ice Age, and the colorful cultural past of the city, Dawson City Museum is the place to visit.

We’ll drive up a mountain to get a bird’s-eye view of the city and the surrounding area. You’ll have a chance to try your luck at panning for gold when we visit the gold dredge.

In the evening, we’ll enjoy some local entertainment at a gold rush style gambling palace, the historic Diamond Tooth Gerties Hall. You’ll have a unique opportunity to watch an impressive can-can dancing show and try out the famous sour toe cocktail!

 

Day 4 In the Middle of Nowhere

Today, we’ll be leaving Dawson City and any hint of civilization behind.

We’ll jump on the Dempster Highway and enjoy the endless deserted road stretching in front of us. Look out the window to enjoy the immense landscape replete with alpine creeks, the rugged Mackenzie mountains, and treeless tundra. Yukon calls itself “Larger Than Life,” and you’ll experience first hand what it means!

We’ll drive past the unique wilderness of Tombstone Territorial Park and reach Eagle Plains. There’s only one hotel, gas station, and repair service along the highway, all based in this tiny spot of civilization in the middle of nowhere. It’s an exceptional place, a small oasis in the unique desert of the Dempster Highway.

dempster highway near mountain range in canada

Day 5 Northwest Territories

We’ll cross the Arctic Circle today. Enjoy impressive panoramic views of the craggy Richardson Mountains as we reach the border with the Northwest Territories. Filled with lush green forests, endless giant mountain ranges, and impressive river delta, this leg of the journey will not fail to surprise!

We’ll slowly descend into the infinite Mackenzie River valley. We’ll take a ferry to cross the Peel River, then another one to get to the other side of the Mackenzie River. We’ll continue the trip towards the town of Inuvik, our home for the next couple of nights.

 

Day 6 Tuktoyaktuk Highway

This will be another fascinating day! We'll drive the newly constructed road and head north towards the Polar Sea.  We’ll drive through the vast tundra and after 180 km we'll reach Tuktoyaktuk, a small First Nation village. In "Tuk", the Inuit (Eskimo) population lives a partly traditional life style with hunting, trapping and fishing but the oil and gas industry is also very evident in and around the town. The town is nicely situated in a sheltered bay on the Beaufort Sea. We'll meet up with our First Nation guide, who will show you and tell stories about their life in the frozen north. By mid-afternoon we'll return to Inuvik. (Bagged lunch included)

Tuktoyaktuk Village in canadian northern territories

Day 7 A do-over by flly-over

After spending the last night in Inuvik, we’ll fly back to Whitehorse. Shuttle transport will take us from Whitehorse Airport to a hotel in the city center.

 

Day 8 Departure

Today you’ll be leaving Whitehorse for your flight home.

frozen winter river views in canada

Day 1: Are we there yet?

Transfer from Whitehorse Airport to your hotel in downtown Whitehorse. Meet your guide and the other participants for a pre-trip information meeting. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (No meals included)

Day 2:  White is today’s favorite colour

The drive from Whitehorse to Dawson shows us already that tiny glimpse of the awesomeness that lies ahead to our way to the Arctic Circle. Snow-covered roads, snow-covered trees, snow-covered mountains and ice-covered rivers. And a highway lodge snuggled beneath its white blanket, sleeping and waiting for the warm, endless summer days that will come along eventually. Life slows down significantly in the deep freeze. Hopefully we’ll have our first encounter with the amazing Aurora Borealis. Overnight in Dawson. (lunch bag included)

dawson city in canada northern territories

Day 3: Sunrise in Dawson City

We’ll drive the Dempster Highway and get to see what all the fuss is about. Time to experience firsthand why they call Yukon “larger than life”. Be prepared to be amazed.

Day 4: Across the dotted line

After an amazing night, with the sky ablaze with twinkling stars and Northern Lights, and with a hearty breakfast in our tummies, we are off to the Arctic Circle. Alas; the dotted line is hidden under a thick pack of snow, but there are lots of other nice features to see. As there are: the Arctic Circle interpretive sign, panoramic views of the Richardson Mountains, snow, mountains, more snow, more mountains, a snow hare and in the far distance hundreds of caribou.

We’ll keep driving north, and the “larger than life” theme gets to a “very, very much larger than life” stage real quick, when we reach the border with Northwest Territories. We'll take the time to explore and photograph the impressive winter landscape. Then we drive back to Eagle Plains for dinner. Weather permitting we can go back to the Arctic Circle to see the Aurora Borealis dancing. (lunch bag included)
aerial view of inuvik town in canada

Day 5: Again, but the other way around

Today you can sleep in before we return to Dawson. Again the amazing views of the snow-covered mountains along the road will keep you clicking away! In Dawson City, we will go up to the Midnight Dome to see the Northern Lights. (lunch bag included)

Day 6: Was that a toe in my drink?

After visiting Diamond Tooth Gertie’s and getting up close and personal with the famous sour toe cocktail last night, our small band of Arctic Circle explorers is ready to return to civilization. But before we return to Whitehorse, we'll explore Dawson and visit the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre.

Once in Whitehorse you'll check-in at the hotel downtown. (lunch bag included)
husky dog sledding at winter

Day 7

We'll take you to the airport in time for your flight. Or spend a few days in Whitehorse and try ice fishing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, or snowmobiling.

Day 1

Arrival to Whitehorse. Transfer from Whitehorse Airport to the hotel in the city center. Meet your guide and the other participants for an pre-trip information meeting. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (No meals included)

 

Day 2

The drive from Whitehorse to Dawson shows us already that tiny glimpse of awesomeness that lies ahead on our way to the Arctic Circle. We’ll arrive in Dawson City (540 km / 340 miles) in late afternoon. After dinner we go to the Midnight Dome with beautiful Views of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers, and an unobstructed view to the north. Hopefully we’ll have our first encounter with the amazing Aurora Borealis. (bagged lunch included)

dawson city view in yukon canada

Day 3

We’ll driving the Dempster Highway and get to see what all the fuss is about. Time to experience firsthand why they call Yukon “larger than life”. Be prepared to be amazed.

This is what one of our guest wrote about this day:
“We were prepared to be amazed our first day on the Dempster Highway and we saw indeed what all the fuss is about. Let me tell you that “Yukon; Larger than life” is an understatement. This land is much, much more than “larger than life” We were not only amazed;. It was breathtaking. It was…. Well, actually there are no words to do this land justice. -Lost for words-“.
(Bagged lunch included). Overnight in Eagle Plains.

 

Day 4

After an amazing night, with the sky ablaze with twinkling stars and Northern Lights, and with a hearty breakfast in our tummies, we are off to the Arctic Circle. Alas; the dotted line is hidden beneath the colourful tundra, but there are lots of other nice features to see. As there are: the Arctic Circle interpretive sign, panoramic views of the Richardson Mountains, tundra, colouful mountains, more tundra, more mountains and a snow hare in the distance.

We’ll keep driving north, and the “larger than life” theme gets to a “very, very much larger than life” stage real quick, when we reach the border with Northwest Territories. We'll take the time to explore and photograph the impressive landscape. Then we drive back to Eagle Plains for dinner. Weather permitting we can see the Aurora Borealis dancing during the night.
(Bagged lunch included)

Richardson Mountains in autumn in canada

Day 5

Today you can sleep in before we return to Dawson. Again the amazing views of the colourful mountains along the road will keep you clicking away! In Dawson City we can go up to the Midnight Dome to see the Northern Lights. (Bagged lunch included)

 

Day 6

After visiting Diamond Tooth Gertie’s and getting up close and personal with the famous sour toe cocktail last night, our small band of Arctic Circle explorers is ready to return to civilisation. But before we return to Whitehorse, we'll explore Dawson and we visit the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre. Once in Whitehorse you'll check in at the hotel downtown. (Bagged lunch included)

birds eye view of dawson city in summer

Day 7

We'll take you to the airport in time for your flight.

Pickup information

  • We’ll pick you up from Whitehorse airport whenever you arrive.

Practical information

  • We’ll provide you with a list of recommendations of what to bring on the tour.

Please note

  • Given prices are per person and based on double occupancy. The single room supplement is $795 CAD.

Prices and Availability

 

2022 winter & summer dates:

Not available in 2022.

 

2023 winter dates:

Arctic Circle Tour

7 day trip ($2965 per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $625 CAD):

  • January 28 - February 3
  • February 4 - 10
  • February 18 - 24
  • March 4 - 10
  • March 11 - 17

 

2023 summer dates:

Arctic Circle Tour

7 day trip ($3275 per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $695 CAD):

  • August 13 - September 2

Arctic Ocean/Tuktoyaktuk Tour

8 day trip ($4965 per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $950 CAD):

  • June 13 - August 8

8 day trip ($4745 per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $950 CAD):

  • August 15 - September 3

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.
A 20% deposit is required to hold your reservation.
Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the trip fee is required to hold your reservation. The balance of the fee is due 30 days prior to the start of the trip. Cancellation fees are as follows: Until 30 days before departure: 20% of the total amount 29 to 15 days before departure: 50% of the total amount, 14 days or less before departure and less: 100% of the total amount.