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Escape from the city to… Dempster Highway, Yukon.
Hmm, 736 km long highway in the middle of no where with no gas stations till the end of the road? Better get some gas. Better bring some extra gas. A LOT of extra gas.
The Dempster Highway is not a very inviting or forgiving type of road. I would recommend to bring at least four extra tires.
We had 5 in total, and we needed 4 of them by the time we were done, although all 8 tires were ‘marginal’ to begin with.
Sometimes you’re 20-something and buy a $1,000 minivan with 250,000 km for a road trip into the middle of no where. These things happen.
Once you’re on the Dempster, you’re alone.
BCAA will not come and rescue you. And did I mention there are more animals than people?
So bring extra food, water, supplies, gasoline, and anything else you may need to stay alive all alone in the wilderness for many days.
Camping near the beginning of the Dempster. Where to stash this gas while we sleep in the van? Oh yeah, anywhere.
North! VERY VERY North. To the end of the road.
Am I on Mars? Well, I’m cool with that.
On the Dempster, you can see if another car is coming about 10-15 minutes into the future because you can see the road that far ahead. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit. But not by much!
I like these ‘knuckle mountains’ as I call them.
Northwest Territories was very windy. Not very warm at all, and that was in June.
Apparently driving the Dempster gives you amazing opportunities to view wildlife. However we hardly saw any at all, and that is why I must go back.
When I say ‘The end of the road’ I’m talking Inuvik, NWT, but in the winter, you can keep driving on an ice road, even further. But it was June.
If you keep driving on the Dempster, you’ll have to take 2 ferries. The ferry rides were one of the most memorable experiences.
They are free, but only run certain days/hours. Check ahead of time.
Dempster Highway Ferry
Carmen C. is the founder of DrivingInstructorBlog.com After becoming an ICBC-GLP (Graduated Licensing Program) driving instructor at the age of 22, she worked for about 8 years teaching driving lessons in beautiful North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
In 2012 she decided to pour her knowledge into a website and share this information with the world! 🌎 She no longer teaches, but enjoys writing and maintaining this blog, creating abstract art when inspired, and photography.