This is the first section of the North American Epic, for those of you who cannot cycle the whole tour. A journey and adventure, starting on the shores of the Arctic Ocean in Tuktoyaktuk. Cycling the historic Dempster Highway, stay a rest day in Dawson City and learn about the Klondike Gold Rush. You finish in Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory.
1455 km / 904 mi
14 Riding days, 2 rest days, 1 travel day
6 Nights in hotels, 12 nights of camping.
You need to bring your own camping gear.(tent, sleeping bag & mattress, headlamp).
Meals: most brakfasts and dinners , all lunches included
Vehicle to carry your bags.
Experienced tour leader, bike mechanic and medic.
Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same sex at no additional charge.
There are 10 more sections.
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition Challenging = experienced, well trained
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
80-100 km / 50-62 mi
1455 km / 904 mi
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
The Arctic Spirit section begins in Tuktoyaktuk, a small Inuit community perched on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Used for hundreds of years by the local people to harvest caribou and beluga whales, an all weather road finally connected ‘Tuk’ to the rest of Canada in late 2017. Riders will dip their wheels into the frigid waters and pedal south through scenery that is harsh but beautiful – stunted spruce trees, endless lakes and rivers – and, of course, the sun will be up almost around the clock.
The town of Inuvik marks the start of the historic Dempster Highway, a legendary route that the riders will now follow for the next 8 days. Spinning through the expansive tundra, the cyclists will have a chance to spot moose, caribou, grizzly bears, peregrine falcons and golden eagles. They will ferry across the mighty MacKenzie, one of the world’s longest rivers and pedal across the Arctic Circle.
A rest day in historic Dawson City gives the riders the chance to learn about the Klondike Gold Rush and enjoy a cold beer in one of the town’s well-preserved saloons. The route now heads south passing through a number of abandoned gold mining operations before joining the Klondike Highway alongside the sprawling Yukon River. Pedalling past pristine lakes and through vast aspen forests, the riders will soon arrive in Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory and the end of this unique and unforgettable section.
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