Arctic Explorer Fly Drive Through the Yukon Wilderness

7 nights

Travel to the Canadian Arctic by road as this trip takes you along the Klondike and Dempster Highways, from Whitehorse to Inuvik, an Inuit village 201 miles above the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories. This wilderness route cuts through two rugged mountain ranges where human settlements are few, the scenery is awe-inspiring and your destination rarely visited. Driving conditions can be difficult, but definitely worth the effort - especially in autumn when early morning frost sparkles on the deserted road, and you will be left in brilliant red meadows surrounded by desolate mountain peaks underneath a starry sky. The spirit of adventure will take you there, but the vastness and the sacredness of the land will remain with you forever.


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The Breakdown

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Day 1


Arrive in Whitehorse and spend the day and evening exploring.

1 night in Whitehorse.

Day 2

Whitehorse to Dawson City

Drive northward on the Klondike Highway towards towards Dawson City through the expansive Yukon Interior. Stop at Braeburn, famous for its giant pastries, and just north of Carmacks you’ll have great views of Five Finger Rapids. The Tintina Trench, about an hour outside Dawson, boasts impressive views of the Klondike River valley and the Ogilvie Mountains beyond. In the evening, join fellow travellers at Diamond Tooth Gerties casino to try your hand at blackjack and enjoy the Can-Can floorshow.
2 nights in Dawson City.

Day 3

Dawson City

Explore Dawson, home of the Klondike Gold Rush.  In the morning, travel up Bonanza Creek Road where gold was first discovered in 1896.  Try gold panning yourself at Claim 33 and take a tour of Gold Dredge #4, the largest wooden-hulled dredge ever used in the world.  In the afternoon, stroll the boardwalks and soak up the 19th century atmosphere.


Day 4

Dawson City to Eagle Plains

Today take an easy drive to the shadow of the Arctic.  Dempster Highway travels though the tundra of the Blackstone Uplands before following the Blackstone and Ogilvie River before climbing to the ridge tops at Eagle Plains.
1 night in Eagle Plains.

Day 5

Eagle Plains to Inuvik

Today you will cross the Arctic Circle and continue driving north. Watch for wildlife on the surrounding slopes and small river valleys as it is common to see moose and grizzly bears. As you climb into the Richardson Mountains, you will cross the border of Yukon and Northwest Territories.  There is a scenic lookout over the surrounding mountains and tundra before arriving in the native village of Inuvik, which means 'Place of Man' in the local language. 

2 nights in Inuvik.

Day 6


Today try some optional excursions such as flightseeing, a trip to the Arctic Ocean or travel to the Inuvialuit (Inuit) community of Tuktoyaktuk. There are also several interesting local landmarks such as the Igloo Church, the town garden and the brightly painted homes. 

Day 7

Inuvik to Bensen Creek Lodge

You have the option of leaving your car in Inuvik today and flying south to Whitehorse, but this does incur extra costs. Otherwise, drive back on the Dempster Highway via Bensen Creek Lodge.  Your hosts can arrange for you to enjoy a hiking trip into Tombstone Territorial Park or canoeing on the Klondike River when you arrive.

1 night in Bensen Creek Lodge.

Day 8

Bensen Creek Lodge to Whitehorse

Return to Whitehorse on the North Klondike Highway.

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Please note:


The Dempster Highway is one of the world's greatest roads, but is closed from the end of April - mid-June and again from mid-October to mid-December.

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