June 13, 2010
It's 455 miles (734 km) up to Inuvik on the Dempster, all of it gravel. It's also 455 miles back down. A great chance to see miles and miles of miles and miles.
We drove the Jeep up, leaving the camper in Dawson City. Tent camping was fine since the weather was great once we crossed the mountains near Dawson.
Terri Checks out the Dempster Info Kiosk
New Dempster Info Centre
Mike Ready to Cook Dinner
The bugs were bad at Eagle Plains
At the Arctic Circle
Mackenzie River Ferry
Inuvik Info Centre
Info Centre Displays
Mike Gets Another "Done the Dempster" Certificate
The Inevitable Tire Change
But just one this trip.
Dempster in August
We didn't drive it this time in August, but this is what it would have looked like if we had.
Dawson City to Chicken on the Top of the World Hwy
We had a cloudy day with light rain for our crossing of the Top of the World, not ideal conditions. In fact, the rain increased to a steady drizzle after we crossed the Alaska border.
The Canadian portion of the route is in pretty good shape with some paved sections and some gravel. The Alaska section, from the border to Chicken, is poor, and in the rain even worse.
Ferry From Dawson To The Foot Of The Top Of The World Highway
Top of The World Highway View
RV on Top of the World Highway
Alaska at Last!
Watch Those Soft Shoulders When It Rains!
We made a quick day trip up to Eagle from Chicken to see the changes after the spring flood of 2009. Front street businesses have moved up to the next road, there's no restaurant any more, and the Customs House is damaged but being repaired. On the other hand, the historical tours are still being given and the campground looks good!
Meeting a Tour Bus on the Taylor Highway
Big Game Sightings For The Week
Black Bear 1
Dall Sheep 13
More photos have been added to our Wildlife Sightings pages.