Along the Dempster Highway

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Description

This short but amazing drive along the northernmost road in Canada is the perfect addition to one of our hiking or canoeing trip! A mix or hiking trip and van tour for a sometime relaxing and sometime active discovery of the land of the midnight sun!

dates :July 6 - 14 2017
Group size :2 to 6
duration :8 days
difficulty :moderate
Price :$ 2165 CAD + 5% TPS
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Day after day

Day 0: We greet you upon arrival at the Whitehorse International airport and drive you to your accommodation for the night.
Night in a hotel in Whitehorse.

Day 1: Today we travel 500 km on the Klondike and Dempster Highways. Along the way you experience some typical Yukon landscapes and see the Five Finger Rapids on the Yukon river which is one if the many obstacles prospectors had to go through on their way to Dawson City in 1898. After 50 km on the Dempster Highway, we enter Tombstone territorial park!
We pitch our tents in the territorial campground. Visit the Tombstone Interpretive Center and learn more about the park, its First Nations history and culture and its flora and fauna.
Night in a tent at Tombstone Territorial Campground. L – D

Day 2 and 3: During two days we will enjoy day hikes that will get us into the heart of the park. You will be amazed by the views over valleys, lakes and rugged peaks. We will make sure to keep an eye open for caribous, Dall sheep, bears, moose and even wolves…
In the evenings we will enjoy good meals cooked on the open fire and wait, when the season is right (August – September), for the potential magic of the northern lights!
Nights in a tent. B – L – D

Day 4: After two days in Tombstone, we keep driving north on the Dempster Highway! We will take our time to appreciate every view along the way! At certain time of the year, migrating herds of caribou roam the alpine tundra of Tombstone.
On our way north, we cross a few passes before driving back down and crossing the Ogilvie River. On the other side, we discover an awesome view on the Ogilvie Mountains to the south. Up on the ridge, the road takes us through the boreal forest all the way to the Arctic Circle! Here, the sun never sets on the summer solstice and only dips below the horizon for a couple hours in early July. Welcome to the land of the Midnight Sun!
We stop in a campground further down the road and enjoy a good meal beyond the Arctic Circle!
Night in a tent. B – L – D

Day 5: After a hearty breakfast, we drive north and climb on the western slopes of the Richardson Mountains and reach the border between the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. There, we really grasp the vastness and beauty of the arctic tundra by taking a hike along the ridges! At the end of the day we return to the campground where we will enjoy a nice dinner cooked over the campfire.
Night in a tent. B – L – D

Day 6: On our way back south, we enjoy once more the wonderful landscapes of the Ogilvie Mountains and Tombstone Territorial Park before heading to Dawson City. Tonight, we will check out Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall, the oldest casino in Canada! Complete with cancan girls, you will have the chance to relive the heady days of the Gold Rush.
Night in a hotel in Dawson. B - L

Day 7: This morning we visit Dawson before driving back to Whitehorse in the afternoon. We arrive in town in the early evening and drop you off at your hotel downtown. Your guide will be happy to recommend the good restaurants for your last evening in the Yukon!
Night in a hotel in Whitehorse. B

Day 8: Connection to the airport or to your next adventure.

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Included

  • Meals as indicated in itinerary above
  • Accommodations as indicated in itinerary above, based on double occupancy (+ $300 for single occupancy)
  • Airport transfers
  • Experienced bilingual guide
  • Van transportation all along the trip
  • The following gear for hiking in remote country (tents, bear-spray, bear proof container, kitchen gear)
  • Satellite communication device for emergencies

not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Activities in Dawson City (museum etc.)
  • International flights
  • Gratuities

photos

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  • Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon
  • Receptive Travel
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