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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.
STAY. CAMP. REST. SLEEP.
Whether you are looking for a well-maintained camp site to park your RV for a few nights or for a full-service hotel at the end of your long drive, there are a number of options to be explored along the Dempster Highway
Are you ready for adventure but need a bit of local advice or guidance? The Western Arctic is home to a number of local tourism operators offering one to multi-day trips along the Dempster Highway
COMMUNITIES ALONG THE DEMPSTER
As you leave Eagle Plains just South of the Arctic Circle and make your way North, there are a number of communities offering services and amenities to Dempster travellers
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Ready to trade in your hiking boots for dancing shoes and are looking for live music? Take time out from driving and celebrate along side of locals at one of our many events or festivals.
Finished the Dempster Highway but ready to adventure further?
Now travellers can reach the Arctic Ocean along the 147 km Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway
ARTS, CRAFTS, & LOCAL FOOD
Looking to purchase a local craft or hand crafted piece of art? Or maybe you've heard of about our locally made donuts, dry fish, or even permafrost pesto made from greens grown in Inuvik's Community Greenhouse? From Tsiigehtchic to Inuvik, there is ample opportunity to support our local artisans and get a real taste of Canada's Western Arctic
The Dempster Highway makes it way through incredible wilderness and through the traditional lands of our local First Nations, the Gwich'in. Driving beyond the Gwich'in Settlement Area and out towards the Beaufort Sea, you will enter the traditional land of the Inuivialuit, the Inuit of the Western Arctic. While the Gwich'in, Inuvialuit, & Metis people continue to live in the communities of the Dempster Highway, so do more recent residents, making communities like Inuvik a vibrant multicultural community.