Nothing captures the imagination and refreshes the spirit like the open road. Especially when you pick a one of a kind drive. The Dempster Highway entices you through a world virtually untouched by modern life. Colourful Arctic flowers in July can steal your breath. Underground permafrost has compelled the trees to lean every which way, like a crowd of drunken sailors. You’ll see more animals than humans - Dall sheep, mountain goats, moose, caribou, wolves, wolverine, lynx, fox, hundreds of species of birds, plus black and grizzly bears.
After crossing into the NWT, north of the Arctic circle, you come upon Nitainlaii Territorial Park. Camp here and enjoy perching on a breezy cliff overlooking the Peel River. A couple of easy days nestled in stands of beautiful white birch and spruce trees will refresh you for the last leg of the Dempster to Inuvik.
But Inuvik isn’t really the end. It’s the start of unique boat and air tours on the mighty Mackenzie Delta. Of course, with 57 days of non-stop sunlight (May 24 to July 24) you might prefer to soak up the many festivals under the midnight sun. And if bird watching and fresh berry picking is your thing, consider nearby Ja’k Territorial Park.
You can now drive to Tuktoyaktuk on the new Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway. There, you can dip a toe in the Arctic Ocean, and visit the unique pingos.