Dempster Highway Tour
Summer Tour Package
Fly one way and drive one way from Dawson City to Inuvik & the Arctic Ocean!
$2298 per person - 5% GST tax is extra
July 10-14, 2017
July 17-21, 2017
August 28-September 1, 2017 - Reverse
September 3-7, 2017
Choose your date! Various other dates may also be available in June, July, August or September.
Note: This Dempster tour is less expensive than renting a vehicle out of Whitehorse for a fly one way/drive one way (for one or two people) and booking the tours and accommodations separately.
This package gives you a Dempster road trip to Inuvik plus a flight to the Arctic Ocean! Let us give you a trip of a lifetime without you having to worry about getting rock chips in your windshield or having to fix flat tires along the road. You will also understand more about what you see with our experienced guide and interpreter. All you have to do is sit back and relax and enjoy this amazing drive!
The land along the Dempster is a pristine wilderness almost entirely unspoiled by mankind and presents itself fresh from the hand of the Creator. No wonder this drive is rated as one of North America's top ten drives!
The Dempster is 736 kilometres from the Klondike gold fields in the Yukon to Inuvik on the edge of the Mackenzie Delta in the Northwest Territories. As Canada's most northern public highway it feels more like a very scenic back country road that stretches from the Yukon almost to the Arctic Ocean.
The Dempster highway will take you through three spectacular mountain ranges, to the Arctic Circle, and across two rivers in the Mackenzie Delta. You will stop briefly in Fort McPherson before reaching Inuvik. From Inuvik you will continue your journey in a small plane or in a larger twin otter to the remote Inuvialuit village of Tuktoyaktuk situated up on the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean.
This trip includes a tour of the village with our dedicated Inuvialuit guide who lives in Tuktoyaktuk for the summer months but still has her permanent address out on the land in a remote area where she and her husband have been hunting and trapping for a living for many years.
Also included in this package are your accommodations at Eagle Plains and at the Arctic Chalet where you will be surrounded by the beauties of nature. You will get to meet our beautiful white huskies and do a summer mushing tour with the huskies pulling you in an ATV. Then we fly you back to Dawson City. Let us give you that unique & rich northern experience you have been dreaming about!
Your guide will meet you at your hotel, campground or airport this morning and you will start your drive up the Dempster Highway. Today you will see the Tombstone and Ogilvie Mountains and continue on to Eagle Plains, the half-way point on the Dempster Highway where you will spend the night. There will be time to stop and take pictures at inspiring view points periodically during the drive.
Now you will travel on to the Arctic Circle Crossing where you will have the chance to walk around and take some pictures at the sign with a spectacular backdrop of the mountains. We will spend most of our time in the beautiful Richardson Mountains looking for wildlife and taking in the spectacular scenery of this wild and remote wilderness. We will cross the Peel river and the Mackenzie river by ferry boat. You will continue your drive on to Inuvik where you will spend the next 3 nights in a comfortable full-service cabin unit.
Today You will get a flight to the Arctic Ocean and a tour of the Inuvialuit village of Tuktoyaktuk. Your native guide will meet you at the airport in Tuk and will give you a driving tour of of the village which will include dipping into the Arctic Ocean.
This is your day to spend in the Inuvik area. You can visit our dogs at the kennels and enjoy a ride on a 4-wheeler ATV pulled by huskies in action! What a great experience and photo op! An interesting town tour of Inuvik is also available as an add-on to your package. Please book this separately.
This morning you can get a shuttle or take a courtesy car into town for some last minute shopping before your airport transfer and flight back to Dawson City.
What’s included in this package?
Two-day Dempster Highway road trip
Hotel at Eagle Plains on the Dempster
Flight to Tuktoyaktuk
Village tour of Tuk
Accommodations - 3 nights at the Arctic Chalet
Transportation to and from restaurants in town
Airport and town shuttles
Your flight back to Dawson City
What’s not included in your package:
Your day in Inuvik is also a spare weather day in case you can’t fly to Tuk the day before. In that case we would switch the itinerary on these two days.
The package price is based on two people sharing accommodations in a standard cabin unit with kitchenette and private bath. Let us know if you require 2 beds in your room.
The single supplement is $300.
An $840 non-refundable credit card deposit is required per person 60 days ahead, and the balance is due 30 days ahead of your tour.
Tour groups range from 2-9 people.
We can add on your flight from Vancouver or Whitehorse to Dawson City at a pretty good rate.If you are flying with Air North to Dawson City make sure you arrive the previous day, not the morning of your tour. (In the case of morning fog in Dawson which would prevent the plane from landing you would still have time to take the afternoon flight and be ready for your tour the next day. (Air North will let you know in Whitehorse on the day of your flight if there is fog in Dawson City.)
If any given tour in this package is not possible due to weather or unforeseeable circumstances we will do our best to substitute it for another activity. No refunds will be issued.
We highly recommend that you obtain travel insurance in case of a medical emergency.
Delays on the Dempster might occur if road conditions are poor or the ferries are unable to run. Please be flexible and patient. We will do our best to stay on schedule.
If you would like to fly back to Dawson City a day early and are willing to pay the fees for changing your ticket we can do that for you, but the package price will remain the same.
You can add on extra days by extending your accommodations at the Arctic Chalet at the daily rate. See Accommodations page.
You will fly from Dawson City to Inuvik
Fly to the Arctic Ocean and get a Traditional Tour of Tuktoyaktuk.
Summer dog mushing
Day around Inuvik
Start your drive down the Dempster Highway to Eagle Plains
Drive from Eagle Plains to Dawson City
Aklavik Fly & Boat Delta Tour
$525 per person
Fly from Inuvik to Aklavik over the beautiful Mackenzie Delta. Then you get a 1-hr. community tour of Aklavik which is the birthplace of Inuvik and the burial spot of the infamous Mad Trapper of Rat River. An experienced native guide will take you back to Inuvik by boat through 7 picturesque channels. This two-hour boat ride gives you the chance to travel all the way across the Mackenzie Delta as the natives have for so many years. You may also be able to add on a fish fry at a local bush camp in the Delta on the boat trip back to Inuvik. Boats take 5-15 people. Tour length is about 4-5 hours. Tour is available mid-June to the end of August.
Flying Tour to HERSCHEL ISLAND
$985 per person plus GST (5%)
July & August
Sunday July 2 - full trip
Sunday July 9 - 2 seats left
Herschel Island is a Yukon Territorial Park located in the Arctic Ocean only a few kilometers north of Ivvavik National Park and the beautiful British Mountains.
You will be flying a very scenic route for about 1 hour from Inuvik to and from this beautiful little island in the Beaufort Sea. This flight offers you a great opportunity to view a variety of wild life along the way, such as moose feeding in the Mackenzie Delta, caribou grazing near the coast, beluga whales swimming in the ocean, grizzly bears and even muskox, some of which have been living right on the Island for several summers.
Upon landing you will be met by the park rangers who will give you a brief tour of the historical buildings reminiscent of the days when Herschel Island was a center for hunting the bow head whales. This is not only a place of historical value; it is a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers.
The bird life is incredible with many birds nesting close to the buildings in early summer. Plants and wildflowers grow lusciously in this special environment which is conducive to plant growth.
You are given 2 hours to explore the island before returning to Inuvik. All in all the tour is about 5-6 hours. Group size is 4-15 people.
The Traditional Tuk Tour
On this tour you get your flight to Tuk and back and the two-hour ground tour described on this page. Total tour time is 4 hours.
$585 per person
The Cultural Tuk Tour
This one gives you one extra hour in
Tuk with your guide for a visit to her home to eat a traditional meal. This meal includes an authentic Inuvialuit caribou soup with bannock and a chance to sample other meats such as muskox, fish and whale prepared using traditional methods. Your guide will also model her mother's beautiful parka with a sunburst hood and talk about traditional clothing. Additionally, you will have
2 extra hours to explore Tuk on your own after your ground tour. During this time you may be able to take a one-hour boat ride on the ocean, weather permitting. We can arrange this a day or two ahead of time. Price depends on group size.
Your guide will bring you back to the Tuk airport at 3 PM, one hour ahead of flight time.
Departure from Inuvik: 9:30 AM or 3:30 PM
Departure from Tuk: 4 PM or 7 PM
Flight times are 30 minutes each way.
Total time is 6.5 hours.
If you take the later flights your tour will be about 3.5 hours.
Price is $695 per person
Add $225 to this package and you can stay overnight.
Tours to Tuktoyaktuk
Our Tuk tours will blow you away! We will give you a scenic flight and the best ground tour ever in Tuk. Our guide is very special because her permanent residence is still out there on the land. She doesn't just talk about Inuvialuit traditions, she lives them and will share her knowledge with you.
Here is what you can expect
on both tours that we offer:
Your guide will meet you at the Tuk airport and give you a driving tour of the village. This includes visiting a replica of an authentic sod house, seeing the old mission boat, the little picturesque churches, the Trans-Canada sign and the welcome sign to Tuk where you can get your picture taken. The highlight will be dipping your toe, feet or whole body into the Arctic Ocean for which you get a certificate. Your guide will also show you her smoke house on the shoreline as well as her traditional tent where her husband will show you the polar bear pants which he wore on many hunting trips. You will see other clothing made from traditional furs and see antlers and horns from animals that they harvested out on the land.
Sorry, but unfortunately, the ice house in Tuk has been closed to all tourists, most likely due to liability issues for the hamlet. So do not expect to visit the underground ice house on any visit to Tuk. Some web sites have not been updated with this information.
Photo byTerry Parker
Dempster Highway Day Tour
$685 per person
Enjoy a full day on the Dempster Highway. Your guide will take you from Inuvik to the Arctic Circle Crossing in the Yukon for an outstanding view of the Richardson Mountains. You will cross two rivers on the way and spend the last hour of this 5 hour drive in the mountains before reaching the Arctic Circle. Total trip will be about 10 hours.