Tuktoyaktuk 2June 18 in Canada
Tuktoyaktuk (or just Tuk) is a village as far away as you can get. It is not for everyone as we found out listening to other visitors. We loved it. We met wonderful people and snacked on freshly smoked whitefish. What is it like? we will let the pictures speak for us.
On our way back down to Inuvik we chanced upon some Caribou and Ptarmigan. We couldn't get a good picture of the big bulls as they were too far away.
Spend the day travelling up to Inuvik. The day began very foggy and visibility slowly improved as we moved along. Two sections of the highway can be used as emergency airstrips, those sections were rather welcome sights as the road is wider and not as muddy as the long sections in between. At the Arctic Circle we stopped for the obligatory photo – op and took advantage of better visibility to scan the hillsides with the binoculars.Read more
The scenery along this stretch of the Dempster is also very changeable. We were lucky to watch a gang of Sandhill Cranes loitering on the road and Janet spotted a Grizzly.
The ferry at Tsiigehtchic has been the largest ferry we have been on in this journey so far. We were able to get out of the truck and stretch our legs for the sort time it took to get across the Mackenzie River. Last stop of the day InuvikRead more
There is a stretch of mountains that are primarily made of softer rocks such as limestone and shales and amongst these rocks are outcrops of Dolomite which is more resistant to erosion. There are also some fantastical formations called tors protruding from the slopes. they are caused by frost fracturing and are only found in unglaciated terrain. At about 256 km along the highway there is a lookout. The views from here, even on a rainy day, were awesome. See for yourself. We finally stopped for the night at Eagle Plains. Tomorrow the Arctic Circle.Read more
Our day began with the sound of rain lightly hitting the canvas of our tent and then get more serious about trying to get us wet. Fortunately we had prepared for this eventuality the night before so we were able to get on the road in very quick order. The Dempster Highway is only paved for a very short distance at the junction with the Klondike Highway. We were warned to ensure we had GOOD tires and GOOD spares. The highway is 736km long and the first gas station is at Eagle Plains (at 369 km along the highway). The first ANYTHING is at Eagle Plains. This may not seem like a long distance until you realize you are driving through the mountains on gravel roads. At the beginning of the highway a warning is posted that there are no emergency medical services on the highway. Take that as you will. We were lucky in that while scanning the mountains around us (during one of our many stops), we got to watch some Dahl Sheep and their babies. I was surprised to see as much snow as we did almost right away after turning onto the highway.Read more
Arrived in Dawson City mid-afternoon. We found a great site at the government campground just across the river. We did a little sightseeing and then back to camp where we met a group of film makers and writers who live in Dawson and camped beside us. We chatted the night away and before going to bed at 2 am we were invited to a screening of local films. By the way, in one of the pictures below, you can see a scar on the mountain above the city. This landslide is named Moosehide Slide. It is a prehistoric slide but the ground continues to move averaging approx 4.5 cm a year. In this way it is more like an earth glacier than a true landslide. The sagging buildings are a result of building on premafrost and expecting to heat said building.Read more
We travelled to Dawson City today. Enroute we stopped to enjoy the view of the Tintina Trench. The trench runs from Alaska in a South Easterly direction across the centre of the Yukon. We were also lucky enough to come across these swans and basking butterflies
Beautiful out-of-the-way campsite. In case you were wondering about the longer daylight hours, this is our camp at midnight. And this is how we go to sleep now. Pretty glamorous don't you think?