An Arctic Journey


The journey to the Arctic began at the Arctic Circle.

Crossing the Arctic Circle

The Dempster Highway starts in the Yukon, and continues into the Northwest Territories. We travelled for 734 km on the dirt highway, our destination: Inuvik.

We had to quickly shut the windows to protect us from the dust storm this transport truck kicked up.

The highway is built up above the permafrost. It is hard to see the steep drop on the side of the highway. We did not want to slide over the edge on this journey. I am glad there was not too much oncoming traffic.

The journey continued to the Mackenzie River. As we drove down the mountainside could see the community of Tsiigetchic as we descended to the river. There is no bridge. We had to catch the ferry.

The crew allowed us to climb up to the top deck, past the “no admittance” sign so that I could take some photos. I could not resist a photo of our very dirty van.

The ferry was not busy, they let us climb up to the "crew only" area

A great view of the approaching “dock”. The ferry simply runs up against the gravel, lowers the ramp and we drive on and off the ferry.

The road is built right to the edge of the river. The ferry is an extension of the Dempster Highway and is free.

We made it to the final leg of our journey to Inuvik , NWT Canada, home to the famous Igloo Church.

The Igloo Church in Inuvik

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33 responses to “An Arctic Journey

  1. What an AWESOME Experience – thanks for sharing!

  2. Looks like your car could some soap & water :)

  3. How wonderful to experience this adventure!

  4. What an interesting journey.

  5. What am interesting journey, Maggie! Yikes on your car, lol.

  6. Beautiful photos. It must have been one of those most memorable trip for you.

  7. Sharon Teetzel

    Love those photos . I would like to do that trip myself one day…

  8. Photos that bring a sense a joy to the viewer. Beautiful images. The colors are amazing. So much life. So much fun. Thanks.

  9. That is amazing. I don’t know if it will ever bubble to the top of my “travel” list but I really enjoyed seeing these photos.

  10. We made the trip in 1990 with the kids. Our youngest turned 6 in Dawson City that year. It looks like things haven’t changed much. Thanks for bringing back memories.

  11. What an interesting safari :)

  12. Great photos! It must be nice to visit a place where very few go.

  13. Quite a journey Maggie! Love seeing you!! Great pictures.

  14. Chancy, Mumsy and Crew

    Wow, that looks like a very interesting place. Amazing pictures…love the one of the 18 wheeler…great shot!! Hugs

  15. Thanks for sharing this trip with the rest of us! Very interesting! Lovely photos too!

  16. How amazing! What a fantastic journey. Love the photos. Thank you.

  17. Fabulous Maggie and really special for me because I hate the cold so will never get there! you have captured the real place. I’ve never heard of the igloo church :-)

    • Last summer we went accross North America and the HOTTEST weather was in the far north in Inuvik. It is great there in the summer.. We were colder in Utah and Wyoming and Montana than the arctic. Thanks for stopping by.. I appreciate the visit.

  18. Alaska is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, maybe someday…

    Thank you for the comment and pingback. Those old ferries really are beaten up but the are clean, very cheap to use and they do the job, What more could you ask for?

  19. thank you for sharing your journey! what an experience.
     
    i have been on the top of the world highway. Yukon is as far north as I’ve gotten. Haven’t been to the Northwest Territories yet. maybe one day :)

    • Thanks for stopping by. We travelled on the top of the world highway too, from just outside Chicken Alaska to Dawson City… wonderful trip. The Dempster starts going north just east of Dawson City. I hope you get there one day.

  20. Stunning entry! Love your photo’s! It’s so beautiful there. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  21. It’s great to be with you on this roadtrip. :)

  22. Wonderful photos! Thanks for taking us on the journey with you.

  23. Now this is a road trip! I would love to travel to Northern BC at some point and see more of this amazing Province and country. Don’t know whether I would get up to Yukon tho’.
    Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the pingback.
    Kate
    http://www.myphotoyear2012.wordpress.com

  24. You do have some wonderful photos here, and I suspect wonderful memories to go with them.

  25. It so wonderful to travel to places that I only dream about. Thank you for sharing your experience. ~Franny

  26. what beautiful scenery. u r so lucky to be able to travel like that

  27. I don’t know if I will ever get to the top of the world, but I sure want to. Great pictures.

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