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Dempster Splendor

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.

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5 comments on “Dempster Splendor

  1. shilpa
    April 2, 2012

    Wow, wow, wow, Joanna!!
    Shilpa

  2. cconifer
    April 2, 2012

    same here: wow, wow, wow, such a powerful landscape. you seem to be making some great friends!

  3. Dre
    April 2, 2012

    Brrrr. But the food sounds wonderful. I bet it was made tastier by the cold.

  4. Suzi Conklin
    April 3, 2012

    Oh, the lake makes me want to ice skate. I’m the world’s worst ice skater, so that tells you how compelling it is. Such gorgeous blue.

  5. Dan Fiebiger
    April 3, 2012

    Kind of ironic to see all this ice and snow when Portland has been struggling to get past its own unseasonal snow in late March and then monsoon-levels of rain, until today and yesterday when we finally got a little sunshine. Ray got his first mosquito bite for this year today ! We’re arranging a party with his friends this weekend to celebrate. (Not kidding!)

    Yeah, watch out for that frost bite, which can get you without you even feeling it. Kinda of like Republican propaganda. Even though we’re delighted that you’re having so much fun up there in Arctic-land, just out of curiosity, when are you planning on coming back to Portland?

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