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Canada and Alaska via the Alaska Highway
Canada and Alaska via the Alaska Highway
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Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Watson Lake, Whitehorse, Haines Junction, Tok, Delta Junction

Day 1 Dawson Creek, British Columbia
Set out on one of North America’s most epic road trips from Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Stop in at the Alaska Highway House for general visitor information and historic tales from actual construction workers on the road. Spend some time at Mile Zero Rotary Park exploring the Walter Wright Pioneer Village, which depicts the building of the highway and the 1940s era.

Day 2 Fort Nelson, British Columbia Originally a fur trading post, Fort Nelson prospered with the construction of the Alaska Highway and is now a bustling community of around 4,500 people. Visit the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum for a look at antique car and truck collections, historic buildings and artifacts. Note that this is the last full-service community before reaching Whitehorse, Yukon.

Day 3 Watson Lake, Yukon
Depending on time and preference, explore some of Canada’s most scenic watersheds on the way to the community of Watson Lake. Summit Lake at historic milepost 392 is the highest summit along the Alaska Highway at 4,250 feet. Muncho Lake was originally a refueling stop at historical milepost 456 during the construction of the Alaska Highway. Today Muncho Lake Provincial Park and its picturesque surroundings is a favorite destination for Alaska-bound travelers. Upon arrival to the town of Watson Lake, Yukon, head to the Signpost Forest to add your city’s sign or license plate to the collection. Spend time at Lucky Lake, a recreation site at the edge of town with the only outdoor waterslide in the Yukon

Day 4 Whitehorse
Fill up on any and all needed services in Yukon’s capital city. Whitehorse is full of museums and cultural centers. Learn about the Klondike Gold Rush and the historic route between Whitehorse and Dawson City, Yukon. Gold-hungry prospectors traveled it during the 1890s and, in the early 20th century, so did the British Yukon Navigation Company sternwheeler fleet. Explore the restored S.S. Klondike sternwheeler at the S.S. Klondike National Historical Site. Have lunch at one of several quaint cafes in town and explore some of Whitehorse’s recreation opportunities like wildlife viewing, hiking or rafting.

Day 5 Haines Junction, Yukon
The town of Haines Junction was established in 1942 during the construction of the Alaska Highway and offers a variety of accommodations and places to eat. Have lunch and pick up any needed items at Madley’s General Store before spending the day exploring the nearby Kluane National Park and Reserve, a hot spot for glacier flightseeing, hiking and canoeing. Charter a small plane or helicopter to glimpse the unspoiled wilderness deep within the park.

Day 6 Tok, Alaska
As you depart Haines Junction, take in the towering St. Elias mountain range and surrounding beauty of Kluane National Park and Reserve. Pull over at the Canada-United States border crossing for a photo before continuing on to Tok, Alaska. Stop in the Tok Mainstreet Visitors Center, a colossal 7,000-square-foot lodge, and the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, for educational exhibits and handy trip-planning information. Visit Mukluk Land at mile 1317, a kid-friendly attraction with an indoor-outdoor museum, miniature golf and more.

Day 7 Delta Junction, Alaska
Delta Junction is the official end of the Alaska Highway at mile 1387, or physical milepost 1422. Here the Richardson Highway intersects to lead travelers to complete the unofficial end route to Fairbanks. The intersection of highways is marked with an oversized white mile marker and is the location of the Delta Junction Visitor Center. Try the produce at the Highway’s End Farmer’s Market across the street and explore one of the historic roadhouses in town.

 

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