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This tour takes you through the highlights of the only all-weather road in Canada, stretching over 457 miles (736 km).
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.
You will travel in air-conditioned maxi vans with a capacity of 15 that ensure a safe and comfortable journey. The groups are limited to 9.
Day 1: Arrival in Whitehorse Welcome to Yukon. Your guide will meet you at the airport and bring you to your downtown hotel, where we’ll have a short pre-trip meeting. (Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse) Day 2: Whitehorse With just over 27,000 fr...)
Welcome to Yukon. Your guide will meet you at the airport and bring you to your downtown hotel, where we’ll have a short pre-trip meeting. (Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse)
With just over 27,000 friendly and adventurous residents, Whitehorse has the feel of a small town in the middle of a vast wilderness. In the morning, we’ll take a tour of the city, including a visit to the SS Klondike National Historic Site. A short drive beyond city limits is the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, where we can see the North’s most photogenic species, including moose, bison, and arctic foxes, up close. The Preserve is also a piece of pristine habitat with pleasant trails to explore. At the nearby Takhini Hot Pools, we can soak outside in natural hot springs, and with some luck, catch our first view of the northern lights. (Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse)
A six-hour drive along the North Klondike highway this morning takes us to Dawson City, the famous boom town at the center of the Klondike Gold Rush. Dawson was the final destination of the more than 100,000 stampeders who made the journey in the spring of 1898. We’ll be following their route for much of the way, with sweeping views of the Yukon River. (Overnight accommodation in Dawson City)
Now a National Historic site, Dawson’s frontier character has been preserved, and in the quiet winter months, it is a photographer’s heaven. We’ll get a sampling of the town’s many stories and legends with a city tour in the morning, then drive out to Bonanza Creek, the epicenter of the first great gold rush in 1896. Before sundown, we’ll have time for a drive up the Midnight Dome, which overlooks the town, for a view stretching out to the famous gold fields, the frozen Yukon River, and into the distant Ogilvie Mountains. (Overnight accommodation in Dawson)
It is now time to start our drive towards the Ice Road and the Arctic Ocean. From Dawson, it’s more than 400 kilometers north to Eagle Plains, without so much as a service station to interrupt these rugged subarctic mountains. The Dempster Highway follows traditional trails of Han and Gwich’in hunters and trappers through the Ogilvie Mountains. Tombstone Territorial Park, which straddles the road, contains spectacular jagged peaks that make for stunning landscapes. The park also marks the transition into the arctic tundra and the range of the Porcupine caribou herd. We’ll spend the evening at Eagle Plains, a modern outpost on the edge of the Arctic Circle that is the only hotel for 300 kilometers in any direction, and an extraordinary location to view the Northern Lights. (Overnight accommodation in Eagle Plains)
Early in the day, we’ll cross the Arctic Circle, with a pause for a short celebration. We have one more mountain range, the Richardson Mountains, to cross before descending to arctic coastal tundra and the indigenous communities of Fort McPherson, Tsiigehtchic (scenes of the epic story of the Northwest Mounted Police and the “Lost Patrol”) before reaching our final destination for the day at Inuvik. Inuvik is the hub of the western arctic and home of the Inuvialuit, in whose language the name means “Place of People.” We’ll make this our base as we explore the arctic coast. (Overnight accommodation in Inuvik)
During the winter, an Ice Road connects Inuvik with Aklavik, across the twisting channels and muskrat push-ups of the Mackenzie Delta. We’ll drive this winter road of hard blue ice and explore the old town, where a few die-hard residents have stubbornly held on, even after the administration was moved to Inuvik. For a taste of traditional winter travel, we’ll also take a tour by dogsled along snowy trails (optional). (Overnight accommodation in Inuvik)
It’s a full day today as we head north on the newly completed road to Tuktoyaktuk, an isolated coastal village. We’ll have a tour of the town and have a look at the pingos rising up from the tundra. After that, we’ve been invited to muktuk and mipku with an Inuvialuit family. Don’t know what a pingo or muktuk is? You’ll find out today. (Overnight accommodation in Inuvik)
There’s just enough time to pay a visit to the Igloo Church this morning before we board the plane back to Whitehorse. Once in Whitehorse, we have the afternoon free for shopping, resting, and exploring the town a little further. (Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse)
Today marks the end of your great adventure and your departure from Whitehorse. Transfer to the airport or to a connecting program. (End of tour services) Due to the nature of this tour last-minute changes to the itinerary are a possibility and are left up to the discretion of the guide.
We’ll provide you with a packing list of what to bring on the tour. Winter clothing rental packages available: Northern Lights Package– insulated parka– insulated pants– winter boots (rated to -40C)– gloves– insulated hat Arctic Package– double-insul...)
We’ll provide you with a packing list of what to bring on the tour. Winter clothing rental packages available:
Northern Lights Package
– insulated parka
– insulated pants
– winter boots (rated to -40C)
– insulated hat
– double-insulated parka
– insulated pants
– winter boots (rated to -100C)
– insulated hat
Deposit and Taxes
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.
A 10% deposit is required to hold your reservation.
The balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
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