Welcome to Dempster Highway
Rather than name this road for an obscure Mountie (William Dempster), it should be named the Michelin Hwy or the Goodyear Hwy for the number of tires it's sent to an explosive demise. The 736km thrill ride to Inuvik is one of North America's great adventure roads, winding through stark mountains and emerald valleys, across huge tracts of tundra, and passing through Tombstone Territorial Park. And it recently got even better, with a 144km extension north to Tuktoyaktuk on the shores of the Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean.
The Dempster (Hwy 5 in the Yukon, Hwy 8 in the NWT) starts 40km southeast of Dawson City, off the Klondike Hwy.