Arctic Explorer self drive
Drive the Dempster highway all the way to The Arctic
Arctic Explorer self drive
WHITEHORSE, DAWSON CITY, DEMPSTER HIGHWAY, ARCTIC CIRCLE, INUVIK
11 JUN - SEP

Take to the wheel and drive yourself to the Canadian Arctic!
Leaving from Whitehorse you’ll head North and keep going. Visit Dawson City, home to Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush. Cross the Arctic Circle and toast your success with champagne. Visit the First Nation community of Inuvik; Place of Man.

Tour Highlights
  • DRIVE ACROSS THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
  • REMOTE AND BEAUTIFUL OPEN SKIES
  • THE ICONIC DEMPSTER HIGHWAY
  • HISTORIC WHITEHORSE
  • THE FABULOUS DAWSON CITY

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    Canada, The Arctic

  • When
    :

    June – September

  • What
    :

    Safl Drive, Nature and Ildlife

The Dempster Highway

The Dempster Highway is a 740 KM bucket list journey from Dawson City, Yukon to Inuvik, Northwest Territories offering incredible scenery, wide open spaces and remote beauty.

Although the highway can be driven in 12 to 16 hours, we think you should take your time, as you’ll see and enjoy more if you are not rushed. Appreciate the vastness of the land, take in some hiking, fishing or photography.

June through to August will give you summer conditions, including the midnight sun. And in September youll get the fall colours

Itinerary

Welcome to the “Land of the Midnight Sun”. Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory and at 22,000 people is the largest city in Canada’s North. Everything about the Yukon is big, even the log skyscraper in town. After checking in to your hotel, take some time to explore the city and get a feel of what’s in store.

Time to explore the region and take advantage of all that Whitehorse has to offer. Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve (included), this unique wildlife viewing property featuring 10 species of northern Canadian mammals in their natural environment. Encompassing over 700 acres with various natural habitats, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve offers unparalleled wildlife viewing and photo opportunities. Please note: Yukon Wildlife Preserve dates of operation: Jun – Aug, if the Preserve is closed a refund will be issued.

Travel north to the Silver Trail to explore a sensational landscape in this remote part of the Yukon. On the way to Mayo you will catch glimpses of the Stewart River and several pullouts allow for spectacular views of glaciated terrain. A visit to the historic towns of Elsa and Keno is also recommended. Continue your journey north along the Klondike Highway. On this scenic drive, you’ll feel the grit, heartache and golden dreams of the Klondike Gold Rush when you reach Dawson City. This authentic gold rush town is bursting with historic sites and engaging attractions. The Dawson City Museum (not included) is the place to begin your exploration of Dawson, the gold rush and Yukon’s First People and explorers.

A full day to visit the various historical sights of Dawson City: SS Keno – the last steamer to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse, the Jack London Interpretive Center with the poets original cabin, the city museum with audiovisual presentations, Dredge #4 – build in 1912 on famous Bonanza Creek, the Grand Palace Theatre – home of the “ Gaslight Follies Show “ and Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Casino with legal gambling tables and “ Can- Can” floor shows. Do not miss the short drive on the Ridge Road to the top of the Midnight Dome with excellent views over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains, and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.

Today you will join the Dempster Highway and travel through the spectacular subarctic wilderness of Tombstone Provincial Park. Continue out onto the Eagle Plains, fringed by the Ogilvie and Richardson mountain ranges. Your accommodation tonight is the remote Eagle Plains Hotel, located just 35kms south of the Arctic Circle.
(Please note: The Dempster Highway is unpaved)

Continue north today, crossing the Arctic Circle and passing through the Richardson Mountains as you leave the Yukon and enter the Northwest Territories. You may wish to take a short detour to Fort McPherson. You will reach the end of the Dempster Highway upon arrival in Inuvik.

Today is at leisure to explore this remote Arctic settlement and its surroundings. The Western Arctic Regional Visitors Centre in Inuvik is a great place to start. Day tours are available to Tuktoyaktuk or Herschel Island, or you could take a sightseeing flight to view the Arctic Ocean from above (optional, additional cost).

Today you drive the Dempster Highway south to Eagle Plains. Again you cross the Mackenzie and Peel Rivers by state ferries (free of charge).

Continue south on the Dempster Highway to Dawson City.

Drive the Klondike Highway east towards Whitehorse accompanied by scenic mountain landscape. At the intersection with the Silver Trail Highway continue towards Mayo. The area around the Silver Trail Highway was once the richest silver mining area of Canada. At the end of the Silver Trail Highway is the small community of Keno.

Going south, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stopover at the Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River. In late afternoon you will reach Yukon’s capital city, Whitehorse – a city with a unique combination of pioneer values and urban sophistication.

After check-out of your hotel your Yukon Self Drive adventure comes to an end.

Pricing and Inclusions
PRICING AND INCLUSIONS

    All pricing is in $AUD

    15 JUN – 29 SEP TWIN SINGLE
    $1,322 $2,504

     

    Prices are per person and include all taxes.
    Accommodation including taxes for 11 nights
    Admission to Yukon Wildlife Preserve
    Travel Documentation

    Not included:

    Rental Car
    Road and Tunnel Tolls
    Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)

    PRICES BASED ON USING THESE HOTELS:

    Whitehorse – Best Western Gold Rush Inn (Deluxe Room)
    Dawson City – Aurora Inn (Standard Room)
    Eagle Plains – Eagle Plains Hotel (Standard Room)
    Inuvik – Nova Inn (Standard Room)
    Mayo – North Star Motel (Standard Room)
    Dawson City, Eagle Plains, Inuvik, accommodation is the best available in the area and considered lower end of 3 star.

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