Mark and Nadine's Arctic Expedition travel blog

Trumpeter swans


From Tok, we continued east and south on the Alaska Highway, back into the Yukon Territory. The day was overcast, with intermittent showers, but we had occasional views of the Wrangell and St. Elias mountains to our south, in AK’s Wrangell-St. Elias NP and Canada’s Kulane NP. The highlight of the drive was seeing and photographing a pair of trumpeter swans in a marsh, close to the highway.

We stopped at the Kulane NP Visitor’s Centre at Sheep Mountain, where we talked with a Parks Canada ranger who was very enthusiastic about the day hiking opportunities along the Haines Highway, south of the town of Haines Junction. So we continued on to Haines Junction, where we checked into an RV park, had supper, and prepared for a major hike the next morning.

This would be a good area to spend several days, but the RV park was a big disappointment, with very limited washroom/shower facilities, dismal WiFi service and tons of mosquitoes. Before turning in, though, we walked along the nearby river, where we heard the sound of a beaver, slapping his tail on the water; checking it out, we glimpsed him swimming upstream.

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