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05 January 2015

Yukon and Alaska Bound, Part 20. Driving back from Inuvik to Dawson City.


Inuvik to Dawson City


Panorama of Wright Pass. Yukon and Northwest Territories boundary.
On July 7th we said good bye to the High Arctic, Inuvik and Northwest Territories in brilliant sunshine.

Northwest Territories landscape

Mackenzie River, Northwest Territories
Our plan was to drive back to Eagle plains and stay overnight and then to continue to Dawson the next day.



However, the weather and the drive was so beautiful, we just drove all the way the Dawson City that day.



A drive of over 700 km in one day on gravel roads. Crazy!



The landscape looked so different coming from the north and with the beautiful sunshine we saw places that were in the fog on the way up.


















Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon.

Tombstone.
My favourite place on the way up to Inuvik was Tombstone Territorial Park.


Tombstone Territorial Park is around 2,200 km² of unique wilderness and rugged peaks, permafrost land-forms and abundant wildlife.


The park is a legacy of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in land claim agreement and lies within their traditional territory.


The Dempster Highway goes right through the park where there is an awesome visitor center. 


Be prepared to take in the stunning arctic tundra landscapes and wildlife. If you are a hiker, this is a super nice place for hiking.






Wright Pass looking South in to Yukon.

Taking in the views at Wright Pass, Yukon - Northwest Territories boundary
Going back south then, Wright Pass was my favourite and probably the most beautiful place on the whole Dempster highway.


Wright Pass is the boundary between Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories. 


The pass was named after Allen Wright who, as a highway engineer for Public Works Canada, determined much of the route followed today by the Dempster Highway.


We have been told that a lot of caribou winter in this area. It must be quite a site to see them all roam through the valleys and over the hills.


After many rivers, hills and mountains we eventually reached Dawson City again and were very happy to move back in to our chuck-wagon.


For about 100 plus more pictures from this part of the trip, check out our photo album.



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