Fly into Inuvik the day before our tour begins , you will be picked up at the Inuvik Airport and get settled in at your accommodations . You will then be taken on a grand tour of the Town of Inuvik , the town office to get your Arctic adventure certificate . The morning of the tour we will be picking you up at 9am after your breakfast, we will then depart Inuvik for the ITH - Inuvik-Tuk Highway ,the speed limit is 75 km/h with stops every 60 km for photography and SPECTACULAR views.
Upon arrival we take a ride through Tuktoyaktuk to the Arctic Ocean to dip your feet into the Ocean to symbolize that you have reached your destination with photograph opportunities, after the initial excitement of reaching the ocean we will take you on a motorcycle ride through the beautiful community and then sample local country foods. After the tour you will be treated to a lunch at Grandma's Kitchen with a short break then we will start our return ride to Inuvik for supper,thus completing our full day of adventure with reflection and a beer.
DAY 2 - 368km The morning of the tour we will depart after breakfast, we try to get started at 9 am , we then start our ride on the Dempster highway ,the speed limit is 90km/h. after the first 120km we reach the first ferry crossing at the Mighty Mackenzie river ,it is the largest river flowing into the arctic from north America ,it is the 13th longest river system in the world. After crossing the river we continue into The hamlet of Fort McPherson which was established in 1849 as a Hudson's Bay Company trading post. More than 80% of the community is of Gwich'in decent. we then will take a small tour to the grave site of the northwest mounted police, click here (lost patrol of 1910-11). Corporal jack dempster led the patrol and the highway is named after him.
The community has a population of 900 people , a very friendly community and is where our guide Lawrence was born, so interaction with the community members is most likely to happen and to experience the culture of the gwich'in who live off the land at "8 mile" which is at our second ferry crossing , we may connect WITH THE LOCAL people and local culture AND EXPERIENCE THERE WAY OF LIVING , hunting and fishing and trying to keep there cultures alive. We then cross the peel river which is a tributary of the mackenzie river in the yukon and nwt ,it's source is in the ogilvie mountains in the central yukon at the confluence of the ogilvie river and blackstone river. making our way into the richardson mountains we come to midway lake where the local people from fort mcpherson have small cabins and use them for hunting and weekend outings and where we have a cabin also for warming,rest and meals,also if the weather is foul we can warm up and wait for it to pass .fROM here we head to the nwt/yukon border which is one of the higher peaks on our journey this day ,with photo ops and then we press on to the arctic circle monument where we take a short break for more arctic circle photo opportunities . on our last stretch of the the day we ride the last few miles to the eagle plains lodge ,this is where we will be staying for the night . we end the day with a supper and reflection on the day and the spectacular scenery and mountain ranges we just navigated through .
day 3 - 405km
after breakfast we ride into the ogilvie mountain range and along the ogilvie river with amazing scenery with stop along the way for photo's and short breaks and snacks , along the ride we decide where we want to stop for our lunch break ,preferably at the two moose or tombstone mountain pull out area's , this 3rd day ride is a longer day as we navigate the roads through the yukon before reaching the dawson corner (junction) where we run out of gravel road and hit pavement for a 40km ride into the historic city of dawson ! after we get settled into our accommodations we will go for a great supper and explore what dawson city has to offer such as:
the sour toe cocktail (google it) diamond tooth girtie's gambling hall museums and many other sites and history to explore
the last day we will go for a small tour of the "DOME" THAT OVER LOOKS DAWSON THEN A TOUR ON BONANZA MINING ROAD TO VIEW DREDGES AND OLD MINING CAMPS .
FINALLY THE NEXT MORNING WE TAKE YOU TO THE AIRPORT TO GET YOU ON YOUR WAY HOME , COMPLETING WHAT WE HOPE WILL BE AN ADVENTURE YOU WILL NEVER FORGET