Ride in Canada's Northern Lands
2018 will be the eight annual ride. In 2018 we expect the extension of the Dempster Highway to be complete and we will ride to Tuktoyaktuk.
Vancouver, B.C. to Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T.
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.
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2018 we will ride coast to coast, from the Pacific Ocean to the Arctic.
The first leg of the tour takes us up Vancouver Island. We'll leave Vancouver with a cross-town ride to catch the ferry to the Nanaimo on the Island. This is a short warm up day and the terrain is gentle.
From Nanaimo we head north to Port Hardy and then 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 rest day in Prince Rupert we will travel east on the Yellowhead Highway. We'll meet up with the Dease Lake Highway a scenic and remote section of the Northern Interior of British Columbia. After a rest day in Dease Lake we'll travel on the ALCAN Highway also known as the Alaska Highway and on to Whitehorse.
Whitehorse is a big city in the Yukon but not by southern standards. We'll have a rest day in this fun historic town.
Our ride then continues to head 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, passing through long-established First Nation territories. It's the old goldrush route and remnants of that era are evident in Dawson today.
Dawson was the boom town during the gold rush and we'll have a rest day here. 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.
From Inuvik we will ride to Tuktoyaktuk on the newly opened road to take us to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. We'll camp overnight in Tuk and there will be a shuttle back to Inuvik the following day. There will be a celebratory dinner before going their separate ways.
Tour Summary Dates and Fees
- Vancouver to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT
- Dates: June 17 to July 22 2018
- Fees are per person in Canadian funds
|Optional Single Supplement||$425.00||$21.25||$446.25|
- Total amount includes Registration Fee ($150.00) and Deposit ($850.00) which are non-refundable (please refer to our cancellation policy)
- Nights indoor — 11 nights
- Nights camping — 25 nights
- 31 dinners and 30 breakfasts, make/carry your own lunch from our supplies
- Total days — 35
- Riding days — 29
- Rest days — 5
- Ferry trips — 4
- Shuttle Days — 1 (Tuk to Inuvik)
- Total distance by bike —3135 km (1935 mi.)
- Daily average — daily average 112 km (69 mi.)
- Longest day —178 km (110 mi.)
- Daily Average, Dempster Highway —97 km (60 mi.)
- There is a rest day in Prince Rupert, B.C., Dease Lake, B.C., Whitehorse and Dawson City, Yukon Territory.
- On the Dempster we may need to adjust daily distances
Accommodation & Meals
Distances and Rating
Challenge Level: Four Cogs (highest)