Cycle Canada Bicycle Tours

Tour Arctic

Vancouver to Inuvik

Tour Arctic cyclist on the Dempster Highway in Canada
  • Looking for Grizzlies on Cycle Canada's Tour Arctic

    Tour Arctic

    Tour Arctic an annual bicycle expedition from Vancouver to Inuvik.

    Explore Canada with Cycle Canada and discover a land that borders the Arctic Ocean.

  • Map of the Tour Arctic Route

    Vancouver to Inuvik

    We travel up Vancouver Island, to Prince Rupert and along the Dease Highway to Whitehorse, Yukon.

    Then to the N.W.T. and a grand finale on the Dempster Highway

  • Cyclists at the start of the annual bicycle tour from Vancouver to Inuvik, Tour Arctic

    A Cross-Canada Ride

    is part of the Cycle Canada Series — rides designed to explore the diversity of the country and its people.

    Cyclists on Tour Arctic will ride across Canada from the south to the north.

  • Tour Arctic cyclists entering the Northwest Territories

    Two Territories and One Province

    On Tour Arctic we travel in one Canadian province and two territories.

    Our route travels from B. C., through the Yukon and Northwest Territories to the far north of Canada.

  • Lone Tour Arctic cyclist

    A Tour into Remote Regions of Canada

    We ride in remote areas in the north of Canada.

    Part of the route is paved and part unpaved

  • Tour Arctic cyclist with her passport on  the Dempster Highway where it was stamped by the ferry captain

    The Dempster Highway

    Our tour includes the length of the Dempster Highway which is unpaved.

    Riders have ride-passports stamped at locations on this famous road.

  • Camping at Sayward on Vancouver Island on the Tour Arctic bicycle tour

    We Support You

    Tour Arctic is a supported tour and accommodation is mainly camping.

    Camping for parts of our journey is a wilderness experience.

  • Group of cyclists on the Dempster Highway on Tour Arctic

    You Can Travel Light

    Our support vehicle carries your gear and supplies to camp each day.

    Riders carry what they need for the day's ride.

  • Cycle Canada staff person preparing dinner at Woss on the Tour Arctic bicycle ride

    Meals Provided by Our Staff.

    Cycle Canada staff serves a hot breakfast and a full dinner on riding days.

    Take a make your own lunch and fruit on your daily ride.

  • Tour Arctic participants having dinner on B.C. ferry trip from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert

    One Ferry Trips

    The tour includes a major ocean ferry trip – through British Columbia's Inside Passage

    We have a formal dinner on our night on the B.C. ferry

  • Group of Tour Arctic cyclists riding towards Tombstone Mountains on the Dempster Highway

    Small Group Size

    Join cyclists from across Canada and from around the world.

    Group size is small, generally not greater than 20 -24 riders.

  • Tour Arctic cyclists having completed their ride from Vancouver to Inuvik in front of the welcome sign in Inuvik.

    Being part of a group provides individuals with the confidence and resources to meet their goals and makes possible a trip that many would not contemplate on their own.

    Bud Jorgensen,
    Founder, Tour du Canada
  • Tour Arctic is an annual bike ride starting in Vancouver, B.C. and travelling to Inuvik, N.W.T.

    Part of the Cycle Canada Series of events, these tours are affordable cycling expeditions in Canada.

    Discover Canada at a human scale, by bicycle.

    Please contact us to join this unique experience. email: Cycle Canada

  • Tour Arctic

  • Package

  • Dates & Fees

  • What to Bring

  • Cycle Canada Advantage

New Extended Route!

Explore the land that borders on the Arctic Ocean.

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.

This tour is the realization of a dream that began more than 15 years ago when we launched a self-guided Trail of '98 ride to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1898 rush to discover Gold in Canada's north.

Support in populated and remote wilderness areas

Tour Arctic is a supported tour and accommodation is mainly camping. There will be some indoor stays and 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.

Maximum group size of 18 to 24 riders.

2015 will be the sixth annual ride. Please contact us early to register.

To the top of Vancouver Island and an ocean ferry ride

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.

New Route!

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.

From Whitehorse it is on to Dawson, passing through long-established First Nation territories. Dawson was the boom town during the gold rush and we'll have a rest day there. Diamond Tooth Gerties, the gambling hall and saloon, still is a hopping place, especially in summer.

The Dempster Highway

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.

Included in your Tour Arctic package:

Pre-Trip
  • Trip preparation guide, including training tips, route and routine overviews and safety information.
  • Half-day trip orientation on the first day of the schedule.
Meals and Accommodation
  • Pre-booked accommodation.
  • Mainly camping.
  • Camping is in private serviced or government campgrounds and unserviced remote sites.
  • Some indoor stays at university residences, hotels, motels and ferry cabins.
  • Double accommodation with some single.
  • At two or three locations we may need to put 3 or more in dorm or motel rooms due to limited availability.
  • Some single accommodation available as a suppemental cost.
  • Support staff to drive support vehicle, deliver bags
  • Meals included are prepared by our staff including dinners and hot breakfasts on riding days.
  • A make-your-own lunch, fruit and snacks will be available to take with you on riding days.
  • There will be some additional meals, including on the B.C. ferry and a group celebration dinner in Inuvik.
Route Support
  • Daily maps and route instructions.
  • Head office toll free telephone and Skype assistance.
  • Support vehicle to carry your gear.
  • The support vehicle is equipped with power outlets for charging phones and computers and for pumping up sleeping mats at locations where we have power.
  • Riders have individual storage shelves for gear. There is a fridge, coffee maker, shelter tent, tool kit and floor pump on the vehicle.
  • Ferry fees are included.
  • CycleCanada water bottle, safety triangle to wear while riding.
  • Support staff, cook and driver.
  • Full tool kit and work stand on support vehicle.
  • Additional support from licensed wilderness guide on Dempster Segment.
  • Full tool kit and work stand on support vehicle.

It is a requirement of participation on Tour Arctic that during certain stretches of the tour, participants must ride in groups of 3-4 riders. Solo riding will not be permitted during these times.

New Route! Join us for the Tour Arctic Bicycle Tour in 2015

Please check availability on our tours before registering.
  • Vancouver, B.C. to Inuvik, NWT
  • Dates: June 29 to August 1, 2015
  • Fee: $4550.00
  • Single Supplement: $450.00
  • Deposit: $1000.00
  • Prince Rupert B.C. to Inuvik, NWT
  • Dates: July 5 to August 1, 2015
  • Fee: $4165.00
  • Single Supplement: $375.00 (*see note below)>
  • Deposit: $1000.00

Fees are per person in Canadian funds

Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is in addition to above fees.

We recommend you obtain travel, medical and personal insurance.

Please read our policy statement for Cycle Canada events: Policies

You'll find information on other great cycling tours in Canada here: Cycle Canada Events.

*Single room option may be limited. Nights in Vancouver and Inunvik are single rooms and included in fee. The supplement is for other nights where we stay indoors. We are not able guarantee private bathrooms.

What to bring on Tour Arctic:

A Bike and Enthusiasm
  • A bike in good working order, a flexible attitude and enthusiasm!
  • Tour Arctic is planned for paved and upaved roads. Please read the FAQ on Tour Arctic for further details on choice of bicycles: Tour Arctic FAQ.
  • For camping nights, a tent, three or four season sleeping bag, sleeping mat and a pillow.
  • Mess kit (cup, plate, bowl, eating utensils). Participants bring mess kits and are only responsible for cleaning their own kits.
Personal Items
  • Don't forget a tool kit, just in case you have a flat or other minor mechanical problem. If your bike has unique and difficult to find parts you may wish to bring spare parts – please check with us.
  • A helmet, water bottles, sunscreen, insect repellent and a rain gear in case of inclement weather.
  • Cash for lunches, munchie stops and meals on rest days and ferry days.
  • Personal items such as camera, identification (passport or other acceptable document for travel into the U.S.), cycling and aprés cycling clothes
Luggage and Bike Boxes
  • Travelling light is a good plan
  • Cycle Canada has no official limit on transporting your daily luggage. We aim to have tenting sites close to the truck but this is not always possible. So, keep in mind that you may need to carry your bags at times.
  • One area where we do have constraints is taking hard shell bike cases. Some soft shelled bike cases may not present a problem. We generally can transport Bike Friday Cases on the assumption that box is used as storage for the cyclist's gear. If you need to bring a bike case please let us know, we'll assist with advice so you can make arrangements. If you have special logistical issues, such as travelling from overseas, please let us know. We'll do what we can to help.

Proudly Canadian

Cycle Canada, The Veloforce Corporation is a Canadian company that organizes cycling activities. It is owned by Bud & Margot Jorgensen. Bud is a long-time recreational cyclist and founder of Tour du Canada. Our operations are located in Alliston, Ontario, just north of Toronto.

We have been organizing affordable supported cycling expeditions and vacations throughout Canada since 1987.

Cycling in Canada

We believe that Canada is the best place in the world to go for a bike ride.

Our primary focus is to offer an enjoyable cycling experience. We encourage participants in our events to ride at their own pace and to join us with the goal of completing their tour by bicycle. We believe they will enjoy a cycling trip more in groups where they get to know other riders and share the pleasure of travelling as cycle tourists.

Read more about the management of Cycle Canada here: About Us.

Our Pledge to You

Participants in our events have a right to expect that Cycle Canada, as organizers, and its staff will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that riders complete their ride and are enriched by the cycling experience. We hope that each rider will find companionship in, and be tolerant of other members of the group and help to make the trip a memorable and positive experience for all riders.

It's in Canada and a great day to go for a bike ride!

Tour Quick Facts

Tour Arctic

Please also read the Tour Arctic FAQ

  • 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 — 162 km (100 mi.)

We have a rest day 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.

Accommodation

  • Nights camping — 24 nights
  • Nights indoor —9 or 10 nights
  • We may house more than 2 to a room at some locations where we stay indoors.
  • Some nights on the Dease Lake Highway will be no-service camping. Most nights on the Dempster portion of the tour are wilderness camping.

Meals

  • 28 dinners and 28 breakfasts. Most breakfasts are hot meals
  • Meals prepared by staff, or at restaurants.
  • Basic make your own lunch and snacks on riding days
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