Canada Dempster Hwy
Experience your Polar day! One of the ten most awesome experiences you can ever have! The Canada Dempster Hwy is the most northern gravel road in Canada. Experience your first Polar day in this bike holiday! One of the 10 things that should belong in your Pocket List. In other words, these bike holidays will be “an experience of a special kind”. The outstanding thing about this tour is the grandiose nature! The start is in the old gold digger town of Dawson City, which lies in the Rocky Mountains. Afterwards on the natural road through the extensive areas of the gold diggers up to the Tombstone Mountains. Afterwards, we follow the Canada Dempster Hwy with gentle hills until we reach the tundra in the far north. If the sun doesn’t set for 24 hours, you’ve done it! You can remove this item from your pocket list.
If you are packing your bike for your trip to Canada Dempster Hwy, we recommend a Thule RoundTrip Traveler or the EVOC Bike Travel Bag XL. Cardboard packaging is unsuitable, as it can easily get wet during this 3-week trip. This avoids problems during packing for the return journey. Therefore, you will find both products in our Adventure Shop at favourable conditions. If you are travelling to Kloten Airport, we recommend that you contact SBB. The best way to buy tickets is to use the SBB Online counter on the day of travel.
During these bike holidays you will overcome some meters of altitude and above all many kilometers, please note our page for tour preparations. You will only be on the track in level S0 and level S1.
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Technischer Level S0
Gruppen Grösse Kleine Gruppen
Riding on the Dempster Hwy to the polar sea, that’s a really special tour which we only offer every few years.
What’s really making the difference on this tour is nature. Starting close by the Rockies, we’re going to ride on natural paths through areas with tundra – character. Nature is changing throughout this tour.
The Yukon- and a small part of the Northwest Territories are around 27 times bigger than Switzerland. There are only around 37’000 inhabitants and 20’000 of them are living in Whithorse the capital of Youkon. Another 2’000 people live in Dawson, our starting point. Just to give you some details on this area.
You like to see animals in their natural environment? We have it! There are wolves, foxes, elks and so much more. If you like the one-of-a-kind experience, this is the tour for you.
As there are only a few hotels to find we’re going to get accompanied by campervan. Each biker should therefore have their driving licence with them as we’re going to switch as drivers. Each vehicle is about 10 meters long and made for 7 people. One vehicle is for four bikers as we want you to feel comfortable.
Our overnight-stays will be where ever we can – sometimes even out in the bushes. Our goal to bike for each day depends on whether and how we feel. All in all, we’re going to bike around 920km and 7000m up and down, tough.
Interesting enough: As we’re going to be close to the Arctic-Circle it won’t get dark anymore. It’s really funny, sitting around camp fire at 3am, sun shining and around 25° warm.
- 1 guide
- 1 overnight-stay in a hotel
- 20 nights in a campervan with shower and toilettes.
- Every transfer and entry ticket
- Flight Zurich – Whitehorse – Zurich
- Every biker has to bring their driving licence category B with them
- We’re going to cook all together
- Visa fees
- Personal expenses, tips
- Alcoholic beverages
- All insurances
Flight Zurich-Frankfurt-Whitehorse. Arrival in Whitehorse and sleep-over in a hotel.
Big Shopping in Whitehorse
Getting our campervans and grocery shopping. In the evening, we’re going to leave Whitehorse behind and sleep on a campground.
Drive to Dawson City
First day with our campervans and already heading to Dawson City.
Assembling our bikes and having a closer look at the gold-rush town Dawson City.
Bike 100km / 1400 elevation gain
First 100km and 1’400m elevation gain to bike – our finishing point: Tombstone Mountain.
Day 6 - 18
From now on difficult to plan ahead. During these 13 days we’ll bike around 800km and come across: North Fork Pass, Two Moose Lake, Windy Pass, Seven-mile Hill, Eagle Plains, Arctic Circle, Peel River crossing, Fort McPherson, Mackenzie River crossing and our finishing point: Inuvik.
To get back to Dawson City in our campervans will take us 2 days. Last stop on our way back is Tombstone Mountain from where we’ll bike 100km back to Dawson City.
Saloon in Dawson City
Drinking beer, eating delicious food, getting some present for back home – that’s on our itinerary for today.
Drive to Whitehorse
Driving from Dawson City to Whiteshore will take this whole day.
Prepare your return journey
Packing our baggage and cleaning the campervans. Going to the city to do some more shopping and eating.
Leaving the campervans behind and flying back home Whiteshore-Frankfurt-Zurich.
Arrival in Frankfurt and Zurich.
Imagine the freedom of experiencing Canada as our guest, as you’re biking through breath-taking landscape at your own pace and stop where and when you want…
How far in advance should I book my weekly holidays?
We recommend booking at least 8 months in advance for most of our weekly holidays. For our weekends, we recommend at least 6 months in advance. Many of our holidays sell out well in advance so it is clever to put down your booking to guarantee you will get a spot. We offer an early-bird booking discount: if you book your trip well in advance, we will give you a 5% discount. Check out our product pages.
How do I book my participation on a biking week?
You can book your spot on a biking week by clicking ’Book Now’ on any product page. An advantage for our well-known customers, they can book by calling us at +41 44 950 59 77. A deposit secures your place, with the balance due 2 months prior to the trip. This deposit is fully refundable for the first 14 days after you did your weekend- or week-holiday booking, so you can hold your spot risk-free for a week and use that time to sort out vacation time, flights, etc…
Day events: the bill must be settled immediately.
For further details please read our Terms and conditions.
What technique scale do we use?
The single-track scale is divided in the three levels of difficulty light , medium and heavy
This difficulty classes are geared to the skill level of an average Bikers with a technically current mountain bike.
For the concrete classification and accurate differentiation of the routes (and difficulty classes) are six relatively well demarcated from each other levels of (S-grade) S0 to S5 used.
Thus, the lower end of the scale with for an average biker is ”loosely mobile” and the upper ”with unfahrbar” = “absolutely not rideable” equated.
The difficulty class light comprises the degrees S0 and S1, means is defined by S2 and heavy includes all beyond this S grade.
The classification of the single track is exclusively based on possible objective flat or sloping path (Wegcharakteristika) under ideal conditions as sufficient natural light and dry surfaces. The classification is therefore independent and cannot be influenced or subjectively classified by variable factors such as followed.
- the degree of danger (crash risk),
- the weather (rain, wind, fog and snow)
- the lighting conditions or
- the driving speed.
In the orientation according to S-grades will thus be appreciated that the running characteristics may shift claim significantly upwards, for example due to poor weather conditions or quicker pace.
How technical is the trip?
The difficulty of trails varies from trip to trip, and you can find the rating on every product page shown as Activity Level from S0 to S5, more information on the Skill Scale required by viewing the skills and fitness scale page. Please read this page carefully!
How fit do I need to be?
Our trips vary in difficulty please check out our Itinerary tab, for every day we give your an approximately distance in km and elevation uphill in m.
There will always be slower and faster riders on every trip; in general we try to cultivate a strong group dynamic so that people understand it’s not about getting as many kilometre as possible on the odometer but about enjoying the spectacular riding and scenery in the company of other riders, and that may require waiting every now and then. We have got several offerings where we have 2 to 5 guides on an event so we will split the group to a maximum of 8 participants. Whatever your level, you’ll get the best possible enjoyment out of your trip by getting in shape before the trip – we’ll offer training suggestions in our post-booking communications to help you on your way.
Please read our Skill and Fitness Guide for more information.
What, if I am a solo traveller?
We got lot of solo traveller. You will meet many great people from around the world. Solo travellers are paired in double rooms with another solo traveller of the same gender, or may opt for a single room upgrade.
Can you offer special dietary requests?
On this trip we can offer normal and vegetarian food.
Shall I bring my own bike or should I rent on?
We recommend you bring your bike if ever possible. You will ride better and with more comfort on your own bike than you will with a rental. We do not provide rental bikes at this destination.
We offer lot of add-ons to help you get the most out of your tour! Mountain bikes can be rented at certain destinations, to single room upgrades, and pre and post-tour hotel nights. There are many options to help you have the best experience possible.
To book your add-ons, select them at your cart, when you make your initial booking.
Extend your trip
Many of our Customers like to arrive early or stay longer before/after their Ride with us. We make it easy for you to extend your trip by taking care of your hotel bookings for you, and in many cases, we also offer full trip extension packages. Just contact us by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Traveling with my bike?
If you’ve never traveled with your bike, don’t worry – it’s much easier than you think! If you don’t have a case for your bike, then you can pick up a cardboard travel box for your bike at your local store. Some stores will also pack your bike up for you for a fee.
Alternately, if you want a higher level of protection, and/or are planning on traveling with your bike more than just once, we recommend investing in a quality bike bag or case. Our guides and past clients have recommended the following products:
EVOC bike bag | DAKINE bike bag | THULE bike case
For tips on packing your bike, watch this Thule video we linked for you!
Bike damage disclaimer
While participating in a Swiss Bike Tours trip, the rider assumes all risk and expense related to loss or damage to the mountain bike, whether rented from a third party or owned by the rider. This assumption of risk includes loss or damage due to transportation, theft, vandalism, accident, misuse, higher forces, or other events leading to the loss or damage of the mountain bike.
Assembling your bike when you arrive
If you have never assembled your bike, do not worry! Our guides will be on hand to assist.
The ideal bike for a trip to Canada
For trips to Canada, we recommend a cross country trail bike with at least 100mm of travel. A dropper post is not necessary
- The ideal tire
Armour and Helmet
We recommend a CC-Helmet. A Helmet is mandatory on all Swiss Bike Tours Events!
Wether and clothing
The weather in the Northern Territory can be quite cool or extremely hot, so we recommend you pack accordingly. Daytime highs are usually quite ok, ranging from mid 15 to low 30 degrees.
Snow in this area is not unheard of, even though it is Summer. Occasionally, temperatures drop below 0 degree Celsius (°C)
Although rain is rare in the Summer months, we strongly recommend you bring quality rain gear or shell.
This event will take place in any weather!
General packing list
If you have booked, we will send you a detailed packing list.
Tools and spare parts for your bike to bring
We recommend bringing the following tools with you. Rest assured your guides will have a full tool kit, but it’s a good idea to have the following items with you in case of trailside breakdowns:
- multitool (preferably with chainbreaker)
- tire levers
- 4 spare tube
- small tire pump (not a floor pump)
- 1 Rear derailleur hanger
- Front and rear brake pads (1 set of each is sufficient)
- Any rare parts that might be hard to find locally (There are no bike store wiht in 2000km diameter in this area!)
All Breakfast Lunch and dinners are included in the trip price. We will cook our own food in over RV, everyone is asked to participate on this job.
You have to do it on your own.
You will really have contact to the outside world.
Please visit your local travel clinic for the most up to date information.
Currency in Canada
Withdraw money from an ATM in Canada (which are available in Whitehorse, Dawson City and Inuvik) – you can withdraw local money (Canadian $) and will usually be charged the best rate by your bank at home.
Terms and conditions
For more on our Terms and condition, Terms of payment and Cancellation terms, please visit the following page
Travel medical insurance and trip cancellation is mandatory for all of our trips. If you have your own travel medical insurance it needs to:
a) cover evacuation (e.g. air evacuation) and hospital costs while in other countries
b) cover mountain biking trips (some policies include mountain biking in their list of ‘extreme’ sports that are not covered).
c) Trip cancellation up to 100% of your trip cost
We strongly recommend also getting insurance that covers the following:
• Equipment protection for delay, loss, theft and damage (if traveling with your bike/expensive equipment)
• Trip interruption up to 100% of trip cost
• Medical expenses up to CHF 50’000
• Emergency medical transportation up to CHF1’000’000
Please note that our cancellation policy is strict. If you decide not to purchase cancellation/interruption insurance, and then get hurt or sick before or during your Ride, please don’t ask us for a refund.
For travelers from around the world, we recommend World Nomads.
For U.S. travelers, we recommend Global Rescue (Individual Medical Plan with Signature Travel Insurance Plan)
Another option for U.S. travelers, we recommend Travelex (we suggest the Travel Select Plan with the Adventure Plus Pak).
If you have booked, we will send you a detailed contacts for your family.
Our guides are all 1st aid trained and certified and know how to respond to emergency situations very well. They always cary very well-stocked 1st aid kits in their day packs.
Rest assured that your safety is our #1 concern, and steps are taken to mitigate risk and prevent incidents from happening. If you were to be injured on the trail, our guides will act as first responders and will look after you with proper and professional care. If emergency help or an evacuation is needed, our guides will have the contact information of the nearest hospital/emergency care facility, along with the required communication equipment (cell phones and/or satellite phones) and help will be on its way.
Dit you check the Visa obligation for Canada? Who needs an eTA to travel to Canada? Citizens from select visa-required countries may be eligible to apply for an eTA, instead of a visa, to travel to Canada by air. However, these travellers need a visitor visa when arriving by car, bus, train, or boat, including a cruise ship. Please click here.
Safety and security
Canada is a safe country; however, certain precautions should be followed, as with all foreign travel. To maximize your safety during our tours you should exercise common sense and caution at all times. We recommend that you always stick to set travel arrangements, and avoid unknown areas. We also recommend that you wear minimal jewellery and that you keep valuable items safely stored. Always keep a copy of your passport, airline tickets, traveller’s checks and credit card numbers separate from where you keep the originals.
Driving the RV's
Everyone has to drive the RV up on a time.
We encourage you to tip your guides if you feel you have received excellent service and have had an enjoyable trip. A typical gratuity usually varies between 2% – 6% of your Tour price per guide, depending on your level of satisfaction. e.g. € 600.- trip = € 12.- to € 35.- per guide.
We will help you at the Check In at Zürich Airport ZRH
The ending point will be Zürich Airport ZRH