Canada 5 Arctic

Canada – Dempster Highway – Yukon – Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle

Heading up the Dempster Highway to the Arctic Circle and to the Northwest Territories.

Dempster Highway

Dempster Highway

The Yukon is such a cool place ! This gravel highway is actually an easy run if you have the time and money for gasoline. It is necessary to gas up in Dawson City because the next gas is in Eagle Plains way up the road. I also suggest carrying a few Gerry cans because there are simply no places to get gasoline except for Eagle Plains Service.

Eagle Plains

Eagle Plains

Eagle Plains May 2014 – population 8

Eagle Plains

Eagle Plains

Fueling up – this old boy has been working at the service center for 30 + years and is a wealth of knowledge about the Canadian outback and he seems happy to talk if he is not busy at the time.   He has some really interesting stories about the life up north.

Klondike Sun newspaper

Klondike Sun newspaper

Here is a newspaper article pinned to the wall in his shop about a new world record moose shot by a man from Dawson City down south near the Yukon River.

Grizzly bear

Grizzly bear makes a dash across the road

Grizzly bear makes a dash across the road – pardon the blur but it was taken through the windshield on a bumpy road without slowing down. I came to setting a camera down on the passenger seat so it is ready for quick shots. Very few turn out but at least I usually get a shot that reminds me of what just went by.  Black bears on the Alaska Highway in British Columbia do not seem deterred and  usually keep grazing on clover as you pass by.

Willow Ptarmigan

Willow Ptarmigan

Willow Ptarmigan – a common bird living in the arctic tundra.  They seem to eat a bit of the gravel that lies at the edge of the road.

Willow Ptarmigan

Arctic tundra bird the Willow Ptarmigan

The ferry crossing the river at Ft McPherson doesn’t usually begin running until the first or second week of June (depending upon the weather conditions).

highway sign

highway sign

There were two long flat stretches of highway that were widened to make them usable as emergency airstrips.

emergency airstrip

emergency airstrip

emergency airstrip

airstrip

airstrip

Bears crossing

bears crossing

bears crossing

Look close and you will see 4 bears – the dark spot up the road is a bear too.

3 bears

3 bears

One more up the road

last bear

last bear

Note the emergency airstrip sign behind the bear

arctic road

arctic road

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories

Time change – not that it would make a difference.

time change

time change

The ferry at Ft McPherson does not start running until June anyway. I heard a serious bicycler coming down from Inuvik hired a helicopter to take the cyclist and cycle over the river southbound the week prior. Some of those cyclists are serious about biking and I really admire their perseverance!

Dempster Highway

Dempster Highway

Moose hiding out in the trees further south. Up north the trees are far and few between.

moose

moose

Canada part 5 – stay tuned

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May 29, 2014 www.dutchpickle.com

2 responses to “Canada 5 Arctic”

  1. DP,

    Come across any Polar Bears yet? As I would love to see one of them in the wild but from the safety of a car or one of those snow trucks.

    Second day of winter here in Sydney and its still 22 degees loving it while it lasts.

    MG

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