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Tour Arctic

Ride in Canada's Northern Lands

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 riders will travel through two Canadian Territories, plus having the opportunity to dip a tire or toe in one more ocean.

Whitehorse, YK to Inuvik, N.W.T.

Tour Arctic is a supported tour and accommodation is mainly camping. There will be indoor stays at the start and end of the tour. Cycling will be on paved and unpaved roads and riders need to be prepared for a wide range of road conditions. Services along the route are minimal. Riders pass through remote areas with spectacular scenery. On many nights we will not have hot showers and electricity. There will be some stays in no-service campgrounds and wilderness camps.

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

2017 will be the seventh annual ride. Please contact us early to register.

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Tour Itinerary

2017 start point is Whitehorse, Yukon

Whitehorse is a big city in the Yukon but not by southern standards. Arrive early and explore this fun historic town. Or explore the surrounds by bike. On Grey Mountain, which overlooks Whitehorse from the east, you will find an extensive and challenging network of mountain bike trails.

Our ride heads north and as we travel the days become longer and the nights shorter. This section of the tour is mostly paved and we are in serviced campgrounds for all but one night. We follow the Klondike Highway to Dawson. It's the old gold rush route and remnants of that era are evident in Dawson today.

The Dempster Highway — On to the Arctic Ocean

We'll have a rest day in Dawson. 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.

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

  • Whitehorse to Inuvik, NWT
  • Fees are per person in Canadian funds
Type Fee GST Total
Tour Fee $2725.00 $136.25 $2861.25
Optional Single Supplement $85.00 $4.25 $89.25
  • Total amount includes Registration Fee ($150.00) and Deposit ($250.00) which are non-refundable (please refer to our cancellation policy)
  • Goods and Services Tax (GST). There is a discount of 50% of the GST amount for non-Canadian residents.
  • Accommodation & Meals

    • Nights indoor — 2 nights
    • Nights camping — 12 nights (limited or no services)
    • 12 dinner and 12 breakfasts, make/carry your own lunch from our supplies

    Distances and Rating

  • Total days — 13
  • Riding days — 12
  • Rest days — 1
  • Ferry trips — 2
  • Total distance by bike — 1310 km (810 mi.)
  • Daily average — daily average 109 km (67 mi.)
  • Longest day — 156 km (96 mi.)
  • Daily Average, Dempster Highway — 97 km (60 mi.)
  • There is a rest day in 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.