The Dempster Highway is a 737.5 km gravel highway that bodes epic landscapes, sweeping views, and stunning wildlife. You’ll fall in love with it easily enough. Let us tell you why.
1. Wildlife around every bend
From Grizzly Bears to Ground squirrels the Dempster Highway is teeming with wildlife. With 737.5 km of dirt road there is a very good chance that you’ll run into a Moose or two!
2. Never Ending Mountain Ranges
First stop is the Richardson Mountain Range, located west of the mouth of the Mackenzie River in Northern Yukon; they parallel the northernmost part of the boundary of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. The Dempster Highway bodes beautiful views of this mountain range, especially when crossing the border between the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
The second half of the drive consists of sweeping views of The Ogilvie Mountain Range. Which lies north of Dawson City and crosses through the Dempster Highway. Stop off at Tombstone Territorial Park for some of the best views of the peaks!
3. Stunning Night Skies
Halfway through your trip stop off for the night at Eagle Plains! Stay in the cozy hotel or spend the night under the stars in one of their comfortable campsites! Eagle Plains sits at mile 229 and has a 360-degree view of the Ogilvie Mountain Range. It is the absolute perfect spot to watch the sunset and catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis.
4. Hidden Lakes Over every Hill
Around every bend and over every hill there is fresh body of water to be discovered. Dip your feet in an ice-cold river to freshen up after a long drive, or glimpse a moose in Two Moose Lake!
5. Breathtaking Hikes
Stretch your legs every couple of hours! Stop off at Goldensides in Tombstone Territorial Park for an epic hike to the top of the mountain for breathtaking views of the Ogilvie Mountain Range (for experienced hikers!) or take a break at the Oglivie Mountain sign and walk around, enjoy the view and pick some Arctic Cranberries for a snack.