Dempster Highway

Dempster Highway

The Dempster Highway begins 40 km/25 miles east of Dawson city in the Yukon, and ends in Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. It stretches 740 km/460 miles through three mountain ranges and three ecological areas, providing the opportunity to view wildlife and enjoy some of the most beautiful wilderness scenery in the world. Completed in 1978, the Dempster is the only public highway in Canada to cross the Arctic circle. It was named for Sgt. W.J.D. Dempster of the Northwest Mounted Police who, in the winter of 1910-11, was sent to search for the “Lost Patrol”. Information about the route is available at the Dempster Delta Visitor Information Centre on Front Street in Dawson City. Stop here to check on current highway conditions, as it is a long way between service centres. There is also an interpretive display about the highway at Klondike Corner. Gasoline, diesel and propane services are available at Fort McPherson, Inuvik and Eagle Plains in the Yukon. The highway ends at Inuvik, but from December to April, depending on the weather, ice roads connect Inuvik to Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk.