Driving the Dempster: Eagle Plains Lodge

Eagle Plains is a complex located on a plateau. It was built in the late 1970s at about the same time the Dempster highway was completed. It is completely self-sufficient and self-contained. There is a service station, motel, lounge/bar, restaurant, apartments for highway workers, and a campground. It must have been a remarkable establishment back in its day, but now it is showing the signs of age and isolation. Still, the facilities are clean, if shabby, and the staff is friendly. A tent site cost me $15.75, including free hot showers, and remarkably good food is available at the restaurant at reasonable prices. A beer with a fancy chicken burger (real breast meat with fried onions, cheese, and BBQ sauce), fries, dessert, tip, and taxes came to $23.

I spoke to the server at the restaurant about life at Eagle Plains. She’s a student for whom this is her third summer at the lodge. She says she never gets bored, what with work, hiking, and photography to be done. I asked her if she is more likely to go north or south on her days off and she said north, claiming the scenery is prettier and that there are more services in Inuvik than Dawson.

It was very windy at Eagle Plains, with the evening, night, and morning being quite cool, but comfortable enough for sitting out while dressed in a reasonable number of layers.

I got gas before going to bed and blanched at the cost–$1.39!

This tiny tent is the one I use when I'm setting up and taking down daily. I have one that's almost bigger than my RV for extending camping in one location.

This tiny tent is the one I use when I’m setting up and taking down daily. I have one that’s almost bigger than my RV for extending camping in one location.

these rocks represent latitude marks, including the Antarctic and Arctic Circles, and the Equator

these rocks represent latitude marks, including the Antarctic and Arctic Circles, and the Equator

motel

motel

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service station

service station

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view of the motel

view of the motel

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What a neat RV! I love how much ground clearance it has. The licence plate appeared to be German.

What a neat RV! I love how much ground clearance it has. The licence plate appeared to be German.

5:30am at Eagle Plains

5:30am at Eagle Plains

5:30am at Eagle Plains

5:30am at Eagle Plains

breakfast at Eagle Plains (that little stove and I have done some serious traveling together!)

breakfast at Eagle Plains (that little stove and I have done some serious traveling together!)

0 thoughts on “Driving the Dempster: Eagle Plains Lodge

  1. Beautiful blog Miranda. I love your design!

    In helping my dad with posting his daily updates on his travel blog, (www.greatarcticadventure.wordpress.com) I was looking up some location info for Eagles Plain Lodge, YT (where he’s staying the next couple of nights) when I came across this post. They are riding motorcycles and I’m afraid the weather has them stuck there for at least a couple of days. However, I’m sure he will find more good info and ways to pass the time when I email him the link to your blog!

    And as coincidences go, I’m also a full-time RVer in her 30s (along with my hubs and 3 kids…in their teens not their 30s of course) Perhaps our paths may cross eventually.

    • Thanks, Holly!

      There isn’t much info about Eagle Plains, is there? There are worse places to be stuck for a few days; at least the food is good and the water hot. 🙂

      You be careful about saying our paths may cross. These things tend to come true. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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