736 kilometers Across The Arctic Desert from Dawson City to Inuvik

Dempster Road begins 40 km east of Dawson City, Yukon, and extends 736 km to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. It is part of the Trans Canada Trail.

The wild landscapes are impressive in their grandeur and beauty. The Dempster road crosses mountain ranges. The vegetation is mainly composed of black spruce and tundra forests.

In the late 1950s, due to oil and gas exploration, the Mackenzie Delta and the City of Inuvik under construction, the Canadian government decided to build the road.

Work began in January 1959. The site is difficult and unique due to climatic and geological conditions.

After numerous twists and turns related to the costs and political differences between the Yukon federal and provincial governments, the road officially opened on August 18, 1979, more than 20 years after the start of construction.

Much of the road follows an old dog sled trail.

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