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Tour Arctic

Ride across Canada from South to North

Tour Arctic is part of the Cycle Canada Series, expeditions designed to explore the diversity of the country and its people. With this event, Cycle Canada and Tour du Canada riders will travel through British Columbia and two Canadian Territories, plus having the opportunity to dip a tire or toe in one more ocean.

Vancouver, B.C. to Inuvik, N.W.T. or just the Dempster Highway.

Tour Arctic is a supported tour and accommodation is mainly camping. There will be some indoor stays and for those starting in Vancouver, a major ocean ferry trip through British Columbia's Inside Passage. Cycling will be on paved and unpaved roads. Services in some areas can be minimal and riders will pass through remote areas with spectacular scenery. On most nights we will have hot showers and electricity. There will be some stays in no-service campgrounds and wilderness camps.

Riders have the choice of starting Tour Arctic in Vancouver, Prince Rupert or Whitehorse.

For Tips about riding Tour Arctic please visit: Tour Arctic FAQ

2016 will be the sixth annual ride. Please contact us early to register.

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Tour Itinerary

Three Start Points, Vancouver, Prince Rupert or Whitehorse

Riders have the choice of starting Tour Arctic in Vancouver, Prince Rupert or Whitehorse.

Vancouver and Vancouver Island

Leaving Vancouver it's a cross-town ride to catch the ferry to Vancouver Island. The first day is a short warm up day and the terrain is gentle.

From Nanaimo we head north to Port Hardy and travel by ferry through the spectacular Inside Passage to northern British Columbia.

Dease Lake and Alaska Highways

After some rest and relaxation time on the B.C. ferry and a rest day in Prince Rupert we will travel east on the Yellowhead Highway where we'll meet up with the Dease Lake Highway. We'll travel north along this scenic and remote section of British Columbia. After a rest day in Dease Lake we'll meet up with the Alaska Highway and then on to Whitehorse. We'll have a day off in Whitehorse to explore this fun historic town. As we travel north the days become longer and the nights shorter.

The Dempster Highway — On to the Arctic Ocean

Leaving Dawson City in the Yukon we follow the Dempster Highway to Inuvik - in the Northwest Territories. The Dempster Highway is an unpaved road that stretches 734 km (456 miles) through Arctic wilderness to reach the delta of the Mackenzie River. Along the highway we travel through the Gwich'in land, and cross the Arctic Circle. The route includes two short ferry rides, crossing the Peel River and the MacKenzie where it is joined by the Arctic Red River. There are few services along the route and the riding is extremely challenging. Daily distances for this portion of the trip are reduced. Most nights for this portion of the tour are wilderness camping but you will have full support from our wilderness guide.

The Dempster and tour ends in Inuvik, where riders have a celebratory dinner before going their separate ways. Inuvik is the end of the road going north but an option from there is a short flight to Tuktoyaktuk on the shore of the Arctic Ocean.

Tour Summary Dates and Fees

  • Vancouver to Inuvik
  • Dates: June 29 to August 1, 2016
  • Fee: $4550.00 Canadian per person plus HST
  • Single Supplement: $450.00
  • Deposit: $1000.00
  • Total days — 33
  • Riding days — 28
  • Rest days — 5
  • Ferry trips — 4
  • Total distance by bike — 3135 km (1935 mi.)
  • Daily average — 111 km (66 mi.)
  • Daily average, Dawson to Inuvik — 97 km (60 mi.)
  • Longest day — 178 km (110 mi.)
  • Prince Rupert B.C. to Inuvik, NWT
  • Dates: July 6 to August 1, 2016
  • Fee: $4165.00 Canadian per person plus HST
  • Single Supplement: $375.00
  • Deposit: $1000.00
  • Total days — 26
  • Riding days — 23
  • Rest days — 3
  • Ferry trips — 2
  • Total distance by bike — 2695 km (1663 mi.)
  • Daily average — 117 km (72 mi.)
  • Longest day — 178 km (110 mi.)
  • Whitehorse to Inuvik, NWT
  • Dates: July 19 to August 1, 2016
  • Fees: $2125.00 Canadian per person plus HST
  • Single Supplement: $225.00
  • Deposit: $1000.00
  • Total days — 13
  • Riding days — 12
  • Rest days — 1
  • Ferry trips — 2
  • Total distance by bike — 1308 km (808 mi.)
  • Daily average — 111 km (66 mi.)
  • Daily average, Dawson to Inuvik — 109 km (67 mi.)
  • Longest day — 156 km (96 mi.)

There are rest days in Prince Rupert, Dease Lake, Whitehorse and Dawson City, Yukon Territory. From Inuvik it's a short flight to Tuktoyaktuk on the shore of the Arctic Ocean.

On the Dempster we may need to adjust daily distances

Challenge Level: x 2.