Dempster Highway Road Trips
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.
2018 Dempster Highway Grand Tour from Whitehorse to the Arctic Ocean!
Fly one way/Drive one way 6-day Package Tour - July 15-20, 2018. Other dates may also be available.
$3,470 per person plus GST.
This package offers you one extra day of driving (6-7 hours) from Whitehorse to Dawson City starting on Sunday. In Dawson City you get a tour of this charming unique town and an overnight at a hotel. The itinerary for this package is the same as the one above from Dawson City except that you start from Whitehorse on Sunday and we fly you back to Whitehorse instead of Dawson City.
The tour that we have going from July 15 to 20, 2018 this summer includes a chance to attend the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik! You can also easily add on extra days for accommodations to this package.
Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway Day Tour to the Arctic Ocean
$400 per person
Inuvik airport pick-up and drop-off is included in this tour if you are flying in and heading straight to Tuktoyaktuk. We will drive you from Inuvik to the Arctic Ocean and Tuktoyaktuk and back! This 140 kilometer remote gravel highway is the first ever to link Canada from coast to coast to coast. You will travel over some beautiful Arctic tundra around little lakes and small hills for about 2.5 hours. Once you arrive in Tuk we will give you a village tour and the opportunity to visit an Inuvialuit family for lunch. Enjoy an authentic culinary experience with traditional caribou or reindeer soup and fresh bannock as well as samples of various meats that have formed the diet of the Inuit of this area for centuries.
Tour time: 8 hours
Traditional Lunch in Tukin an Inuvialuit home for your Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway Self-drive to the Arctic Ocean.
$95 per person plus GST
Full Cultural Tuk Tour with Lunch (for self-drives)
$150 per person plus GST
Once you arrive in Tuktoyaktuk you will meet your aboriginal guide who will give you a tour of the village plus a home visit with a traditional meal as described above. 2-3 hours
Short Tuk Community Tour (for self-drives)
$100 per person plus GST
Meet our native guide in Tuk and take a 2 hr tour of the village.
2018 Dempster Highway 5-day Tour Package
Dawson City to the Arctic Ocean Escape! (Popular side trip from Dawson. Just park and come with us!)
Summer Tour Package $2600 + GST
Fly one way and drive one way with us from Dawson City to Inuvik & on to Tuktoyaktuk and the Beaufort Sea. Pick your dates.
This package gives you a Dempster road trip to Inuvik plus a drive all the way 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 almost 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 to Inuvik above the Arctic Circle. 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 140 kilometer journey the next day on the new Inuvik to Tuk Highway across beautiful wild Tundra to the remote Inuvialuit village of Tuktoyaktuk situated up on the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean. In Tuk you will get a driving tour of the village with a stop at the beach for a dip in the Arctic Ocean. You will also enjoy a traditional lunch in a native home. We have our own 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.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel, campground or airport this morning and then 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 we will drive you on the new Inuvik to Tuk Highway all the way to the Arctic Ocean. In Tuk you will get a tour of the Inuvialuit village of Tuktoyaktuk and you can add on a traditional lunch in a Inuvialuit home. This meal includes caribou or reindeer soup and bannock and also samples of muskox, whale, smoked fish etc.
Today you will fly across the Mackenzie Delta to the little village of Aklavik and back.
This morning you can get a shuttle or take a courtesy car into town for some shopping before your airport transfer and flight back to Dawson City.
What’s included in this package?
What’s not included in your package:
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 $1050 non-refundable credit card deposit is required per person at the time of booking, and the balance is due 30 days ahead of your tour.
Tour groups range from 4-9 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.
Important Notes & Cancellation Policy for Flying Tours
Flying tours may be delayed or cancelled due to weather, mechanical issues or other factors. Remember, weather rules in the Arctic!
You will not pay for the flight if the pilots cancel your flight because of weather etc., unless your tour is part of one of our tour packages. In this case, no refund will be given, but we will try to substitute this tour for another activity.
The time that your tour starts may change so please be flexible.
You will pay for the flight if your plane takes off with the intention of being able to land at its destination even if it can’t land due to unexpected weather or mechanical issues arising along the way (this is rare). Pilots always check weather before a flight so they can get there and back under safe flying conditions.
Your ground tour in Tuk may be cut short due to approaching weather systems or other problems that may arise which are out of our control. In this case refunds will not be given and our costs also remain the same.
Try to plan a little extra time into your schedule while traveling in the far north. We suggest that you plan for an extra day in Inuvik to compensate for the possibility of bad flying weather on the day of your tour. Your flight might be rescheduled for the next day.
We are not allowed to book the airplane until the day before your tour. If a particular plane is not available we will try to make alternate arrangements for your flight.
We ask you to please call us or stop by the Arctic Chalet the evening before your tour so we can discuss the departure time etc..
The time of departure may change at the last minute. Make sure we can contact you regarding changes in scheduling.
Our cancellation policy is 24 hours before the scheduled flight time.
Tour prices do not include GST (5%)
The price that you agreed to pay will remain the same even if we add more people to your tour at the last minute.
There may be changes to your tour route or to the type of aircraft used or to the flying time. Remember that we are doing all we can to give you the best tour possible.
Please be patient, flexible and understanding of varying northern conditions. We hope that you enjoy your adventure in the north!
Aklavik Fly one way and Boat One Way Delta Tour
$425 per person based on 5 people GST extra
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 people. Tour length is about 4-5 hours. Tour is available mid-June to the end of August.
Scenic Delta Flight
$350 per person plus GST
Take a short flight over the amazing Mackenzie River Delta from Inuvik to Aklavik
Delta Boat Tour
$385 per person plus GST
This is a relaxing & delightful boat cruise into the Mackenzie River Delta. 2-3 hours.
Fly one way/Boat one way from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk
$800 per person plus GST
Boat trip includes a stop at a traditional whaling camp where you will enjoy some
bannock and tea and learn about traditional whaling.
Summer Fun with the Arctic White Huskies
Dog Mushing & Kennel Tour offered daily except Saturdays
$45 per person or $20 if you are a guest at the Arctic Chalet
Morning runs with a kennel tour start at 8:30 am and finish at about 9:30 am. Tour starts at the Arctic Chalet and is open to anyone that would like to come along although Chalet guests get a good discount! You will be riding in one of our 2 side-by-side ATVs while 8 huskies are running ahead hooked up to the ATV. All seats have seat belts and we can take 3 people plus driver on each ATV. This is how we exercise our huskies almost every morning (or sometimes in the afternoon if it's a cool day,) so why not come along and watch the show! This is also a great photo opportunity so be sure to bring your camera. After the run you will get to visit our kennels and meet all the dogs that got left behind on your tour! Our dogs are friendly and affectionate. Just call us the night before to book your spot and come to the Arctic Chalet office at 25 Carn Street the next morning.
Explore the Dempster, Explore the New Highway, Explore by Air or by Boat or with a Dog Team! Our awesome summer is here!
Flying Tour to HERSCHEL ISLAND
$1150 per person plus GST (5%)
Price is based on 3 people
July & August
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. This tour is the ultimate Arctic tour if you love nature, history and remote places! July is the best time for observing flowers and birds.
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. Price is subject to change.
The Traditional Tuk Tour
On this tour you get your flight to Tuk and back and the two-hour ground tour of the village described on this page. Total tour time is 4 hours.
$585 per person for 3-5 people
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 fresh bannock and a chance to sample other meats such as muskox, fish and whale prepared using traditional methods. Your guide will show you furs and talk about traditional clothing used by the Inuit for centuries.
Price is $725 per person
Flying 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.