Into the Beautiful North!
My hosts, Dan and Laurie Sokolowski took us on a jaw dropping 8.5 hour drive into the frozen northern wilderness on the famous Dempster Highway. This gravel road goes from Dawson City to Inuvik (dotted red line on map below) and it is the only road in Canada to cross the Arctic Circle. Construction began in1959 and it took 20 years to complete.
The Dempster mostly follows the North Klondike River toward its source in the Ogilvie Mountains. Small, thin white and black spruce, poplar and aspen trees dot the slopes.
Joanna, Tim Falconer (writer-in-residence), Laurie Sokolowski (Dawson’s champion curler and ping pongist) and Alyssa Friesen (writer for What’s Up Yukon) on the Dempster Highway.
This lovely round pond makes a special appearance in Dan Sokolowski’s exraordinary experimental feature film, Degrees North.
Sky blue ice at one of the highest points on the Dempster, North Fork Pass (1300 meters/4300 feet). It was very cold and Laurie warned me about frostbite (happens so fast) when she saw me taking photos without gloves. Mine are too bulky and stiff to operate the camera. She lent me a spare fleece pair while plying us with delicious, homemade, gluten free chocolate cake, cashews and a gourmet chocolate bar with fleur de sel.