Driving on the Dempster Highway is always a great adventure, but in the winter it becomes a unique experience. Come with us on a five-day exploration along this beautiful road. Starting in Whitehorse, we drive all the way to the Arctic Circle. The frozen river banks in Dawson City and the snowy mountains along the Dempster Highway are some of the best spots in the territory for northern lights viewing.
Every night we go out to chase northern lights and try to get the most out of this journey. During the day you enjoy the comfort of an uncommon drive through the snowy landscape of mountains, lakes and rivers. With a bit of luck, we even get to see some wildlife along the highway, such as moose or caribou. In January, when the days are shorter and the sun only peaks over the mountains for a couple of hours, the land is lit by the soft blue and pink of the never-ending sunrise. Later in the season, the sun rises higher and reveals the true colours – white and blue – of this untouched wilderness.
All the way to the Arctic Circle
I travelled with Terre Boréale with Max as guide through the beautiful and remote Olgilvie Range near Tombstone. It was an amazing experience backpacking through true wilderness. Max is a highly skilled guide who has great route finding skills, and is expert in mountain and bush travel. And a sense of humour and patience! All food is home dehydrated, carefully crafted and delicious. Max is extremely knowledgeable about the birds and animals in the Yukon, and their lives and habits and is happy to impart his knowledge and passion. We saw caribou, Dall sheep, marmots, pikas, grizzlies, and lynx ... golden eagles, and peregrines and many more birds! Also the amazing aurora borealis!! It was a challenging and rewarding journey, a real immersion in the wild. Max and Milena offer a special experience. Highly recommended!
Me and my sister booked two nights of Northern Lights Tours with Terre Boreále and I’m so glad we chose this company! Max our guide/company owner was amazing! He picked us up from our hotel and drove us out to some remote locations. We kept moving the first night so we could "chase the lights" essentially. He supplied hot tea, hot water bottles, camping chairs, delicious homemade cookies, and even hand and feet warmers when my sister decided to almost freeze to death LOL. The second night he took us to a different location since we had already been to the others. This was a frozen lake. We arrived just in time for an amazing northern lights display. He took some professional photos with his camera of us and emailed them to us. He also helped me program my camera for the best chance of catching some photos of the lights. Overall this was a 10/10 experience for us. I would recommend this company and tour to anyone heading to Whitehorse!
Six-day trek in the Yukon wilderness that surpassed all my expectations. You don't need to be a hero to do it – the guides are experts at getting ordinary mortals to do extraordinary things. Max is a remarkable guide, ably assisted by Boris. You do need to be reasonably fit and have decent gear; backpacking boots make a difference when you're hiking in the tundra. This trip ranks up there with my Annapurna trek more than 30 years ago. I cannot recommend this expedition outfit enough. I hope to do another trip with them next year!