Up the Dempster

For the last eight years or so, my little family makes a week long camping trip in August up to Dawson City, Yukon. It’s about a five hour drive from Whitehorse, and is a stunningly beautiful road trip. It’s nice to get away with the kids, no computers, no phones and really no contact with “civilization” for a whole week. We shower once or twice while we’re gone, and I don’t even care that the kids are filthy! We all have so much fun, even though we just hang out in the woods. It’s fabulous.

As part of our trip we like to go up the Dempster Highway and camp at Tombstone Territorial Park. It is amazing and totally worth the drive if you ever make it up to Dawson. Last year though, the weather was pretty bad and it rained for the four days we were up there.  So, on day three, we decided to drive past the campground and go up as far as we could in a couple of hours. The Dempster Highway goes from the Klondike River all the way to Inuvik, near the Arctic Circle, in the Northwest Territories. I have never been all the way, although it’s one of our long term plans.

The wilderness that surrounds the highway is awe inspiring. I’m always looking for photos for my art, mostly mountains, so I took a lot of pictures on our little journey. Here’s a little bit of the Dempster for you. I hope it’s as inspiring to you as it is to us. Inspiring enough to prompt us to make the trip a yearly adventure!

Amazing colours.

Amazing colours.

Lovely weather!

Lovely weather!

Misty mountains.

Misty mountains.

More mountains.

More mountains.

More rainy weather.

More rainy weather.

The colours are changing.

The colours are changing.

Look how far we are!

Look how far we are!

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