arctic Winter bike | Dawson city, YK to tuktoyaktuk, NT
We are embarking on a three-woman Arctic bike expedition in March/April 2017. Our 1050-km route starts in Dawson City, following the Dempster Highway to its northern end at the town of Inuvik. From there, we will loop up to the mouth of the Deh Cho (Mackenzie) River at Tuktoyaktuk and back on the Inuvik - Tuk ice road. As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, this is a momentous year in the history of these northern communities, as it is also the last the ice road will be built and maintained—part of our inspiration and incentive to complete the trip in 2017!
We will start on the spring equinox, at the tail-end of the Arctic winter, and hope to finish just before spring break-up, weaving through the varied landscapes of the Northwest Territories en route to the Deh Cho River and Delta. We hope to embrace lessons from nuna ("the land"), the wildlife, the water, and the local characters and communities we will encounter along this remote route.
The end of our expedition will coincide with Inuvik's spring celebration (the Muskrat Jamboree), where we look forward to trying our skills at local games, dancing, and feasting. And maybe, if we're lucky, we'll catch the migration of the caribou as they make their way to spring calving grounds.