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 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.
Tour Arctic is a supported tour and accommodation is mainly camping. There will be some indoor stays and two major ocean ferry trips — through British Columbia's Inside Passage and on Alaska's Marine Highway. 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.
2015 will be the sixth annual ride. We will be taking up to 18. Please contact us early to register.
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. After some rest and relaxation time on the B.C. ferry and a day off in Prince Rupert, we'll take an Alaska ferry to sail deep into the land of the Midnight Sun, where nights are very short at that time of year.
On our second leg of the tour we cross the Coast Mountains at White Pass and on this day we'll climb 1000 metres over a distance of 18 km. Our route parallels the Trail of '98 used by would-be prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush.
Our first overnight in the Yukon is at the historic town of Carcross (shortened from Caribou Crossing). From there it is a half day ride to Whitehorse and an afternoon to explore this fun and historic town. Then 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.
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.
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.
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. Accommodation on Alaska ferry is two to a cabin, we regret we can not offer single cabins
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.
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.
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!
Please also read the Tour Arctic FAQ
We have a rest day in Whitehorse and Dawson City, Yukon Territory. From Inuvik it's a short flight to Tuktoyaktuk on the shore of the Arctic Ocean.