Welcome to Episode 92; the May 2013 podcast of My Yukon Life podcast radio. On this episode, we explore the remote and challenging Dempster Highway by bicycle.
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The Dempster Highway connects the Klondike Highway in the Yukon to the town of Inuvik in the Northwest Territories on the Mackenzie River delta. With its winding dirt and gravel road, steep drop-offs with no railings, bear population, and more than a few 18-wheel trucks that come at you full speed and no wiggle room for mistakes, this isn’t the place for bicyclists who don’t have steel nerves and strong legs for peddling.
Spencer Douthit is one of those people. He, along with two of his friends, did the Dempster last summer on bicycles, travelling from its start outside Dawson and rode all the way to Inuvik.
Spencer shares that adventure with us.
If you’re interested in doing the Dempster or other areas of the Yukon by bicycle but maybe you’d like a guide and some help with the practical considerations such as gear, you’ve got some options. During this episode of My Yukon Life, we also hear from Marsha Cameron, one of the owners of Boréale Mountain Biking in Whitehorse. Boréale specializes in offering a variety of bicycling trips and themes for locals and visitors to the Yukon.