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Dempster Highway: Inuvik to Eagle Plains

I know I haven’t updated in a while and I don’t have any legitimate excuses for it. Every time I want to post I try to finish editing my massive batch of Dempster Highway pictures and end up giving up because I get overwhelmed. I wanted to have all my pics finished before posting about the Dempster Highway. One of my problems is that I’m too much of a perfectionist at times and unless I have things done the way I want it I just give up. Since I know that’s crazy and things don’t always have to be perfect I have forced myself to post some of the pics I’ve edited so far of the Dempster Highway. I’ll post more of what I have so far on my Flickr page.

The Dempster Highway, named after the late RCMP officer William Dempster, is 736km road that connects the Klondike Highway from Dawson City, Yukon Territory to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. It is Canada’s only all-season public highway that runs through the Arctic Circle. During the winter months the two river crossings that normally take vehicles across via ferry is made into an ice bridge. The highway is known for its beautiful scenery that spans from amazing mountains to flatland to complete forestry. Many people, like us, come all the way to Yukon/NWT just to drive the Dempster Highway and take bucket loads of pictures. The land is one of the only untouched parts of Canada and what you see is what you get. We rented a midsize SUV for the roadtrip and we highly recommend that if you do this to purchase the tire and windshield insurance. It is almost impossible to not get nicks in your windshield, and chances are you may have to change your tire at least once.

It can be driven from one end to the other straight in about 14 hours, but most people spend the night at a mid point called Eagle Plains. We found that most often we were alone on the road and encountered another vehicle about twice or three times an hour, depending on where we were. People on the road are really friendly and most people will wave at you as they pass by. If you need assistance and are stuck on the side of the road, someone will stop to help you out. People aren’t jerks and they know how unsafe it can be to be stranded in the middle of nowhere. You are literarily in the middle of nowhere without a town or city for hundreds of kilometers. It’s scary, thrilling, amazing and totally worth it.

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