Keeping Canada's northernmost highway open

It's one of Canada's great works of road engineering. The Dempster Highway spans 736 kilometres between Dawson City, Yukon, and Inuvik, NWT, reaching into the Arctic Circle. The raised gravel road is open most of the year. It crosses three mountain ranges and two rivers. When driving in summer, motorists can enjoy endless green horizons, and Arctic spruce and moss growing alongside the road. In winter, the highway is notorious for blizzard warnings, snow drifts and extremely cold temperatures.

CBC's Leonard Linklater recently travelled from Whitehorse to Eagle Plains, Yukon. He spoke with some truck drivers and maintenance crew who make a living on the highway and at the isolated Eagle Plains Lodge. All say the Dempster is a breathtaking place. They also describe the challenge crews face to keep traffic, goods and fuel rolling north to supply smaller communities.

Posted: Feb 28, 2013

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