Canadian Artic Highway nearing completion

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tinyOVERLANDER

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That looks like fun... I'd love to do that.
I wonder how much fuel that would take? And what the distance between fuel would be...
It is roughly 440 from the start of the Dempster to Inuvik. There is a gas station at the start of the Dempster. At about 220 miles there is gas at Eagle Plains, Yukon. There is also gas at Fort McPherson, NW which is about 330 miles from the start of the Dempster. Total miles to Inuvik, NW is about 440. Inuvik, NW to Tuktoyaktuk, NW on the ice road is or was about 110 miles or so. Current price of gas is somewhere around $4.60 a gallon ($1.22/Liter).
 

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Heading up there in August of 2018 and was just going to go to Eagle Plains, maybe a little farther, but this changes thigs for me. Might have to adjust the schedule and ending point.
 
I did this run to Inuvik about 15 years ago in a doge shadow. Beautiful scenery. Make sure your spare(s) tire is in good shape the big gravel road just shreds tires. Eagle plains has a tire shop but limited stock.
 

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I did Dempster HWY in July 2017 and it is great drive. Ended up going up in one day to Innuvik. After talking to locals, the road is already complete but not officially opened yet. Basically they told us that people are driving it already, which pisses Tuk folks off as it shouldn't be open yet. Official story that they are putting up signs on the new road but they are basically waiting to see if the road sags over time. We decided not to take it until it opens, which gives us a reason to come back:)

On a side note I have talked to folks at Innuvik about taking a tour of Tuk in a plane and they wanted 800$ CDN for one person. Crazy if you ask me as they are about to go out of business with new road opening up

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$800 does seem extremely steep. On the other hand when I drove up from Vancouver I watched the prices daily for food (Green Peppers) specifically to see the mark up. In Van they were $1.99/lb in Inuvik they were $10.99/lb. Everything food, fuel, lumber etc has to be flown or driven up from Dawson or Whitehorse, 1000km south. Gas was almost $.50 more per liter than in Van.
 

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We are headed north to the Arctic next summer. We've been planning this for a good year now, and specifically planned for next summer so that we could (hopefully) drive the new highway up to Tuk.
 

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Will be heading up to Tuk the end of next summer as well, convoying with a Zuk and a Landrover. Looks like we may see a few of you on the way! Say hi if you see us! :)
 

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Will be heading up to Tuk the end of next summer as well, convoying with a Zuk and a Landrover. Looks like we may see a few of you on the way! Say hi if you see us! :)
We are heading up in July. I have the Milepost sitting on my coffee table and I've been reading through it every other day. Checking out route options along the way. Definitely taking the Cassiar Hwy northbound, with a detour to see the Salmon Glacier. I've been looking at this Campbell Hwy and the Lower Canol Rd as options on the way back south as well. Not 100% sure of the exact route, we will leave some of it to chance, how we feel as we progress, and how time permits.
 
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The guy who organized the BC Overland Rally was the first to drive this highway with his buddy before it was even open. Awesome guy. He gave an outstanding story hour fireside talk about their journey on one of the evenings. Sounds like a spectacular trip. Best of luck to anyone who gets to go!
 

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We did it last summer as part of a cross Canada trip. It was an awesome trip. We liked it so much, especially the Yukon, we sold our farm, bought a house online and we moved to the Yukon Territory from Ontario in November.
I’m editing a lot of footage and will upload a movie to YouTube about the whole trip.
I will post a trip report next month. We’re just a little busy unpacking still.
If you got any question just ask.

Here are some pics.....

Driving through Tombstone area on the Dempster Hwy
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Waiting for one of 2 ferry crossings.
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Camping at Mt Robinson BC. Great facilities.
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Heading south on the Dempster
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Us at the Start/End of Great Canadian Trail in Tuk
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Yes we made it!
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