Dempster Highway

Dawson City, Yukon

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Description: Wide gravel highway from Klondike Highway to Inuvik, Northwest Territories; 741 kilometers (460 miles). The Dempster is Canada’s great highway to the Arctic, stretching more than 730 kilometers (450 miles) north through mountains and tundra to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Completed in 1978, the wide gravel highway retains much of the wilderness quality that has been lost by many of the more southerly roads. Services are spaced far apart, so you should carry extra gas and several spare tires. To avoid windshield dings and blinding dust, slow down when passing other vehicles. Be sure to pull as far to the side as possible when stopping in the roadway; pullouts are scarce. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Dempster Highway Professional Review and Guide

"Description: Wide gravel highway from Klondike Highway to Inuvik, Northwest Territories; 741 kilometers (460 miles). The Dempster is Canada’s great highway to the Arctic, stretching more than 730 kilometers (450 miles) north through mountains and tundra to Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

Completed in 1978, the wide gravel highway retains much of the wilderness quality that has been lost by many of the more southerly roads. Services are spaced far apart, so you should carry extra gas and several spare tires. To avoid windshield dings and blinding dust, slow down when passing other vehicles. Be sure to pull as far to the side as possible when stopping in the roadway; pullouts are scarce. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Dawson City
Distance: 460
Season: Best late spring through fall
Local Contacts: Western Arctic Tourism Association; Peel River Game Reserve
Driving Directions: Directions to Dempster Highway

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May 2018