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Dempster Highway Day Tour

Have our guide drive you past the best parts of the famous and beautiful Dempster Highway between Inuvik and the Arctic Circle Monument!

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from $1300

  • Summer
  • Day Tours
  • Family Friendly / Easy

Spend the entire day with one of our guides driving down the Dempster Highway from Inuvik for a complete change of scenery. An hour drive takes you to breathtaking views of the Richardson Mountains, rolling hills of tundra and small lakes. Due to the open nature of the Arctic tundra, this tour is the best chance to see local birds and wildlife such as eagles, wolves, moose, caribou, grizzly bears and more. You’ll pass the beautiful and quaint community of Tsiigehtchic and make two ferry crossings on your way to the famous Arctic Circle Monument. Before heading back to Inuvik, you’ll stretch your legs with an optional short scenic hike.

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12 Hours

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday and Friday other dates upon request

Tour/Package Includes

  • Travel by Car Drive the Dempster Highway

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  • Itinerary
  • What to Bring
  • Cancellation Policy
    • Meet at our office at 8am and leave the rest up to us as you travel down the breathtaking Dempster Highway!
    • Meals: Bagged lunch
    • Min 3/Max 12 People
    • We always suggest bringing warm clothing. In the Arctic the weather can change quickly, which is why we suggest bringing lots of layers. You can always take layers off! We also suggest bringing food and beverages as there are no places to purchase food along the highway.
  • As most our costs are incurred long before the actual trip, rental or tour takes place, we are bound to the following cancellation fees:

    • 90 Days before tour start: Full refund
    • 90 – 61 days before tour start: 75% refund
    • 60 – 30 days before tour start: 50% refund
    • 30 or fewer days before tour start: No refund possible

    Exceptions to this cancellation policy cannot be made for any reason, including, terrorism, civil unrest or personal emergencies. If unforeseen circumstances require a change in itinerary, we will make every effort to work out an alternative solution. If for any reason we cannot start the tour, due to circumstances, including but not limited, to severe weather, mechanical breakdown or road closures, you will receive a full refund.

What Visitors Say

“On day 1 we flew in a single engine plane to Tuk. The pilot was helpful and we got good views of the land and pingos. We were met by the local guide, John, and given a tour of the town, ending up at his house where we had a taste of whale meat and a dip in the ocean. Because there were only two of us for the tour it wasn’t feasible to return by boat so the company flew us back and then arranged for Gerry to take us out on the McKenzie Delta for an evening cruise. Gerry was most informative and his sharp eyes spotted wildlife long before we did – moose and beaver as well as various birds. It was a relaxing end to the day and we got a feel of the vastness of the water network of the McKenzie.

The following day we did the Dempster Highway tour with him. Fortunately Gerry got us to buy some lunch before leaving town since he wasn’t sure any place would be open. It was a long day and we were pleased not to have to drive so we could concentrate on the scenery. We saw wolverine and fox. When we reached Fort McPherson the cultural centre was open acting as a day care for the school holidays. The children had finished lunch and we were invited to share their food. Gerry is very knowledgeable and his love and respect for the people and way of life shone through everything he talked about. We visited his local family members and walked around a fishing camp sampling various smoked fish. We can’t thank him enough for his generosity of spirit in sharing his life with us.

The third day we flew to Herschel Island for an explore of this research station. We carried our own lunches with us. We liked the ramshackled layout of the buildings, hearing the history of the place and going on a short walk with a ranger. A family with some young children were also on this trip and they seemed to enjoy the experience as much as we did. We had an interesting take off from the island which highlighted the skill of the pilot and general northern resourcefulness. We were fortunate that our whole stay in Inuvik was in sunny weather. Yes the cost is high but this is northern Canada and I think the unique experience makes the price reasonable.

The people we encountered were all eager to share their knowledge and made the trip memorable for us. One thing the tour company could do to improve is to let people know if they should be packing food for lunches and snacks – or provide some in the transport.” – Trip Advisor

Patrick H, July 2016 | Dempster Highway Day Tour More Reviews

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