Dempster Highway

Dempster Highway

The Dempster Highway is the only public highway in Canada to cross the Arctic Circle to the Arctic Ocean.  As of November 2017, Canada will officially be connected from sea to sea to sea as the final 137 kms of the Inuvik to Tuktoyuktuk highway will open to the public.

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.

The Territorial Park Campgrounds along this route are:

  1. Nitainlaii Territorial Park (campsite registration on-site on a first-come, first-served basis)
  2. Gwich'in Territorial Park - Vadzaih Van Tshik Campground (campsite registration on-site on a first-come, first-served basis)
  3. Gwich'in Territorial Park - Gwich'in Territorial Campground (campsite registration on-site on a first-come, first-served basis)
  4. Jak Territorial Park
  5. Happy Valley Territorial Park

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.

For more information about the roadside attractions along the Dempster Highway, please download a copy of the NWT Road and Campground Guide.