Province/Territory: Yukon Territory

Drive Ice Roads to the Top of the World

  • 1393 km from Whitehorse to Tuktoyaktuk
  • 1979 first public road to cross the Arctic Circle
  • 06 foot-thick ice road

Launch into an extreme, once-in-a-lifetime Northern Canadian winter road-trip through the Yukon and Northwest Territories with Arctic Range Adventure’s Ice Road to Tuktoyaktuk with a pro at the wheel. It’s the ultimate winter driving adventure - across a blue ice freeway atop the frozen Arctic Ocean.

Start in Whitehorse heading north to Dawson City to stroll the wooden boardwalks of a real Wild West Gold Rush town to roll dice in Diamond Tooth Gertie’s casino while can-can girls flash their crinolines. Follow in the footsteps of early aboriginal dogsledders and frontier policemen on the remote, challenging Dempster Highway, bundling up in a parka en route to straddle the Arctic Circle. Cross the frozen Mackenzie River to reach the far northern community of Inuvik, on the lookout for caribou and musk ox. Marvel at ice, pyramid-shaped pingos, hills heaved out of the permafrost, and drive an ice road across the frozen Arctic Ocean to Tuktoyaktuk. Chat with local Inuit in their homes, hearing stories about traditional life in their remote outpost. Step outside and catch your breath as Northern Lights rage in dramatic multi-coloured waves across the black Arctic sky and head to bed knowing this unique experience will vanish with the first warm days of spring.

Why you should visit
  • Driving the Dempster Highway, the only public road to cross the Arctic Circle.
  • Spotting an Arctic wolf on the tundra.
  • Seeing a church and “skyscraper” made of logs in Whitehorse.
  • Sipping champagne at a roadside Arctic Circle monument.
  • Exploring a church shaped like an igloo in Inuvik.
  • Daring to become a genuine Northerner by sipping a cocktail containing a real, pickled human toe in Dawson City!
  • Tucking into Arctic surf and turf - dining on Arctic char and caribou or musk ox. • Shopping for jewellery crafted from the fossilized tusks of extinct woolly mammoths.

Weather

  • While daytime highs average between -1°C and 8°C in Whitehorse, things become cooler northwards in Inuvik where daytime highs are between -7°C and -17°C , dipping at night.
  • In the spring, days become longer and warmer - but snowfalls should be expected.
  • In the winter, you can also go snowmobiling, dogsledding or cross-country skiing with Arctic Range.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Check Artic Winter Explorer package rates and dates.
  • Both Whitehorse and Inuvik have banks, grocery stores, post offices and general shops.
When to go
  • March and April, when the rivers and sea are still frozen, but days are becoming longer and warmer.
Need to know
  • The Dempster Highway to Inuvik is a remote gravel road which is well monitored and safe. Still, delays due to weather en route are not uncommon.
  • The experienced staff at Arctic Range Adventure will be doing the driving.
  • If you don’t own warm winter gear you can just rent it for your trip.
  • Bring long underwear.
  • Bring a small tripod for your camera which will help improve your Northern Lights photos.
Getting Here