The Dempster Highway is the most fun you can have while sitting down. North America’s most adventurous road trip will transport you – in more ways than one. You’ll see jagged peaks, crowds of caribou, the Arctic Circle, idyllic Aboriginal communities and the supersized Mackenzie River. And you’ll feel a sense of adventure like no other. Discover the Dempster Highway. And get ready for a heck of a ride.
Shortly after the Dempster Highway begins, fang-like peaks rear up, piercing the bright blue horizon. This is epic Tombstone Territorial Park, full of mind-bending mountains, alpine wildlife, tantalizing hiking trails and fine sites for scenic camping.
The Dempster is Canada’s only highway to straddle the Arctic Circle. From here on north, the summer sun never sets, spinning itself dizzy in the sky. You’ve now crossed into the true polar zone, a mythic region only a fraction of the travellers on Earth have ever entered.
As the Dempster exits the Richardson Range, it encounters two charming villages. First is the friendly old trading hub of Fort McPherson, home to the graves of the legendary Lost Patrol. Next is a tiny town with a big name – the Gwich’in settlement of Tsiigehtchic, one of the most quaint, traditional outposts in the Northland.
The Dempster passes through a Canadian Serengeti – wild, wide-open country, teeming with frontier beasts. Keep your eyes peeled for grizzlies patrolling the mountain slopes, moose plodding through swamplands, and – at certain times of year – herds of caribou so dense they block the highway and darken the far horizon.
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