Bike Trip 2011 – Inuvik, NT – Prairies to Permafrost

Calgary, AB to Inuvik, NT – From the Prairies to Permafrost – July 10 – 31, 2011


It’s interesting each year for the last five years I’ve taken some kind of motorcycle vacation. As I’ve become more adept at riding, and more interested in exploring, the journeys have grown in length of time and distance. I keep saying, “the farther I go, the farther I want to go….” I have some innate curiousity about traveling to new places and sights.

Last Trip
My trip in 2010 was to ride as far south as possible to Mexico (Calgary-Mexico/California 2010). It was a terrific trip in spite of some issues with the electrical system on my bike. In total, roughly 9,200 kilometres traveled from Calgary to Southern California and the Mexican border.

The Trip for 2011
The trip for 2011 goes in the exact opposite direction – as far North as possible in Canada – Inuvik, NT. I’ve lived in the Northwest Territories in the 1990s and know of its beauty and the challenges associated with being in such a remote land. The north really is ‘no man’s land’ and making a trip like this will involve some planning, a substantial amount of time and, hopefully, some luck to make it successfully.

This trip will be dramatically different from every other trip I’ve done by motorcycle. No resorts, no beaches, and in some cases, not a lot of modern conveniences. This will really be an escape from civilization for a large portion of the journey.

I will be buying bought a dual-purpose motorcycle (a Kawasaki KLR 650) in the spring this fall which will allow me to ride the highway routes as well as some of the more challenging dirt and gravel roads along the way.

Itinerary – Initial Planning

See my progress in real-time – Prairies to Permafrost GPS Tracking

Distance: roughly 11,000 kilometres (plus side trips)
Travel Time: Roughly 20 days

Calgary to Prince George, BC (800 Kilometres)
Prince George, BC to Hyder, AK, USA (704 Kilometres)
Hyder, AK, USA, to Watson Lake, YT (654 Kilometres)
Watson Lake, YT to Whitehorse, YT (438 Kilometres)
Whitehorse, YT to Tok, AK, USA (623 Kilometres)
Tok, AK, USA to Anchorage, AK, USA (318 miles)
Anchorage, AK, USA to Homer, AK, USA (222 miles – rest day(s)?)
Anchorage, AK, USA to Fairbanks, AK, USA (359 miles)
Fairbanks, AK, USA to Dawson, YT (625 Kilometres)
Dawson, YT to Eagle Plains, YT (407 Kilometres)
Eagle Plains, YT to Inuvik, NT (358 Kilometres)
Inuvik, NT to Prince George, BC (2,838 kilometres)
Prince George to Vancouver, BC (763 kilometres)
Vancouver, BC to Nelson, BC (660 kilometres)
Nelson, BC to Calgary, AB (Home) (645 kilometres)

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