And so we worked our way slowly west through the Rockies. From Bow River to Canmore, from Banff to Jasper, we made our way to British Columbia.
On June 3, our 42nd wedding anniversary, and after a great deal of discussion and contemplation, we embarked on a last minute destination that promised adventure, incredible scenery, danger, mosquitoes, dirt and mud like we had never encountered before.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen…
I am of course talking about the Dempster highway. A return trip from Dawson Creek meant an over 1,800 kilometres voyage on treacherous gravel highway.
We learned about the Dempster Highway from intrepid You-Tubers like THE MOTORHOME EXPERIMENT and LESS JUNK MORE JOURNEY.
To my pleasant surprise, not long before our journey, I learned of friends who were also planning a trip out west and were also planning to tackle this challenge.
I was tickled by both their bravery and their news.
You see, according to WIKIVOYAGE …
The Dempster Highway (known as Yukon Highway 5 and Northwest Territories Highway 8 in those territories respectively) is a highway through the sub-Arctic wilderness of northern Yukon Territory and extreme northwestern Northwest Territories (NWT) in Canada. The highway runs 671 km (417 mi) from the Klondike Highway near Dawson City to the Aboriginal settlement of Inuvik. A 137-km (85-mi), all-season extension to Tuktoyaktuk opened in November 2017, although the extension does not seem to be considered part of the Dempster Highway, instead being referred to as the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway.
Frank and I had toyed with the idea of driving the Dempster highway while planning the trip, but knowing the havoc it would wreak on the camper, we passed it over as a potential destination.
It was only while we were in Watson Lake that Frank met a woman travelling to Dempster in her van who encouraged him to take up the challenge.
I will forever be grateful to her for this.
You see… to me, the myriad of colourful land and water formations that we encountered during our eight day adventure to Tuktoyaktuk and back was nothing less than life altering.