The Alaska Highway begins at Mile 0 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, where it’s also referred to as Highway 97 North. The road travels northwest through Yukon and crosses the Alaska border just west of Beaver Creek, Yukon. The highway officially ends 200 miles northwest of the border in the town of Delta Junction, Alaska, though many travelers continue along the Richardson Highway (Alaska Route 4) to its unofficial end in Fairbanks, located in Alaska’s Interior region. Several national parks and Canadian provincial parks make the drive especially scenic and provide recreation opportunities and camping facilities along the highway.
The Alaska Highway winds through the northern Rocky Mountains and follows tributaries of the Liard River through Stone Mountain and Muncho Lake provincial parks in British Columbia. Stone Mountain Provincial Park is located about 87 miles west of Fort Nelson, British Columbia, and introduces Alaska Highway travelers to spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities, including grizzly and black bears, wolves, coyotes, lynx and caribou. Anglers can stop for a chance to reel in rainbow or lake trout and mountain whitefish at nearby Summit Lake or Arctic grayling along MacDonald Creek.
About sixty miles farther west along the highway, Muncho Lake Provincial Park boasts spectacular vistas right from the road, including impressive geologic formations like Folded Mountain. Tectonic deformations have folded the limestone in the mountains, giving them a unique appearance. Activity options at both parks include canoeing, wildlife viewing, hiking and more. Overnight camping, lodges and motels are also available along the highway.
The Alaska Highway intersects with the community of Haines Junction, Yukon, at historic milepost 1016 — about two hours west of the city of Whitehorse. Haines Junction is situated at the edge of Kluane National Park and Reserve and is a popular destination for outdoor recreation activities like glacier flightseeing, hiking, canoeing and river rafting. Visitors can access the park by car at the Kathleen Lake and Sheep Mountain entry points or by small airplane or helicopter for backcountry adventures.
Kluane National Park and Reserve in the Yukon, Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Wilderness Park in British Columbia, and Wrangell-St. Elias and Glacier Bay national parks in Alaska form one of the world’s largest internationally protected areas with more than 32 million acres. Collectively they are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When driving through Kluane National Park and Reserve on the Alaska Highway, keep an eye out for grizzly bears, moose, wolves, Dall sheep and mountain goats inside the park, as well as Canada’s first and second-highest peaks, Mount Logan and Mount St. Elias. Stop by the park’s visitor center in Haines Junction for an overview of activity options and information on the area’s flora and fauna.
For mile-by-mile coverage of other scenic wonders along the Alaska Highway, consult “The Milepost” or visit the guide’s companion website at www.milepost.com. Gas, food and lodging services are typically found every 20 to 50 miles along the highway, though the longest stretch without services is around 100 miles. While the highway is open year round, many businesses and service stations close during winter months. Summer travelers may experience delays due to road maintenance and seasonal repairs from May through September. For the latest on road conditions and weather delays, visit http://511.alaska.gov, or reference additional online resources available through the governments of British Columbia and Yukon.
More information on driving the Alaska Highway can also be found at www.NorthToAlaska.com.