Note that none of the photos are owned by me, and that I found them all online through Google. I hold no rights to these photos, but thank you to those who did make the available to daydreamers like me!
|A Google search of the Dempster Highway reveals this map, and I find it amusing that it mentions Grimshaw on it. I grew up in Peace River, which is about 15 minutes east of Grimshaw.|
|Here is my likely approach to get to Dawson City, which is the start of the Dempster. It would go from Cochrane to Banff, up to Jasper, out to Prince George (point B), and then north through BC via Highway 37.|
|Dawson City, famous Klondike Gold city.|
|The Dempster Highway. Not a paved all-access road, but a shale and gravel road through unmatched wilderness.|
|How could I resist?|
|I found this photo online of the Dempster. A Kawasaki KLR650, likely the bike I would use to do this ride...|
|Hopefully not me...|
|Seriously, this would be unlike any other bike trip out there. Sure there are other rides, such as route 66 and the Cabot Trail, but the ruggedness and adventure of this trip would be the trip of a lifetime!|
|One of the coolest parts of this trip would be crossing the Arctic Circle, Latitude 66N. Again, something I have always wanted to do.|
|When you get to Tuktoyaktuk, there are natural formation called Pingos, only found in the north. It is one of those things I long to see.|
|And of course, here is Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. Top of Canada, looking out on the Beaufort Sea.|
I've also found a Travelogue for the Dempster Highway published online by Yukon Territory, which can be found here. While it is a fantastic resource for planning, it also takes away a bit of the adventure. But when I do plan this trip (not IF), I would utilize that publication to ensure I made the most out of my time! Who's with me?