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Aug 17, 2019 - Whitehorse, Yukon

Today we drove to Whitehorse, Yukon traveling 164.9 miles in 3.25 hours. It was cloudy with strong winds from Destruction Bay. At first the wind was to our back for a while until the road turned then it was to our side. The mountain ranges are very cloud covered, not much of a scenic view of the mountain tops that normally are glacial. At Haines Junction we cut off to take Canadian Highway 1 to Whitehorse, Yukon. The Village of Haines Junction has a Memorial to Wildlife in the center of town as we turn north. Besides animals, there is a guy...

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Jun 25, 2019 - Whitehorse YT

Day 34 - 37, June 20 - 23 Hooked up and left Skagway AK for Whitehorse YT. Clear blue skies greeted us this morning so it was a really nice drive up through the mountains. It was only about 100 miles so even with stops we got to Whitehorse a little after lunch. After setting up we went into town to the Walmart and the grocery store for some supplies. The weather is nice here also with temps around 75 and partly cloudy skies. Tomorrow is supposed to be more of the same so if that is the case we will be going to the Yukon Wildlife...

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2019 Alaska RV Trip

Jun 15, 2019 - To Whitehorse, YT

Our trip today was 4 and ¾ hours doing 267.7 miles. It was a nicer drive today. The first half did have lots of gravel patches which we drove slow through. The 2nd half was smooth roads. Ahhhh! Our traveling companions have been at Whitehorse for 5 days enjoying the touring and even taking a 5-hour round trip drive down to Skagway to see the port and to shop. They were going to head on up towards Dawson City today but stayed one more day for us to catch up with them. There were areas that we could see our highway so very far ahead of us....

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Jun 10, 2019 - Whitehorse, Yukon

We really liked Whitehorse, Yukon. Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon. On April 1, 1953 the capital of the Yukon was officially transferred from Dawson City to Whitehorse. Over 2/3rds of the Yukon's residents live in Whitehorse. The Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre offers a chance to meet Ice Age giants like the woolly mammoth. We toured the S.S. Klondike which is the largest sternwheeler on the upper Yukon River and the flagship of the British Yukon Navigation Company fleet. Built in Whitehorse in 1929 as an ore hauler, she was holed...

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Alaska 2019

Jun 5, 2019 - Whitehorse Capital of the Yukon

We are staying at Pioneer RV Park and Campground. Reservation fell through at the park I wanted to stay at, this park was happy to have us and is cheeper. Had a very good steak at Miners Daughter Restaurant. Will be in Alaska tomorrow yeah! Just saw something that might indicate that our park of choice for tomorrow night may be closed down, while that will be a bummer, there will be other parks available.

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North to Alaska 2019

May 17, 2019 - Blog Ten - Whitehorse (Yukon)

Blog Whitehorse (Yukon) Tuesday 14 May 2019 We were up and about without the alarm as today we were on our way back to the Yukon. The drive itself is about two hours but we have been told that there is a fair bit to see and do along the way. With this in mind we were all packed and headed off by 8:00am. The first part of the drive was following the valley on the other side of the road from the train ride the day before. It was just as spectacular with the added bonus of being able to stop when we wanted and take the odd photo! Similarly to...

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Sep 13, 2018 - Whitehorse, Yukon

We stopped at Whitehorse for two days as a stop on the way back and Whitehorse is a nice town, the largest in the Yukon, to replenish food and anything else needed before the return trip down the Cassiar Hwy which is pretty remote. We stopped at the same campground we used on the trip to Alaska.

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Aug 23, 2018 - Whitehorse

My last day in Whitehorse & I had one more place I needed to see. Just south of the town, upstream on the Yukon River is a very narrow canyon called Miles Canyon. The rapids here posed a huge danger to the gold rush Stampeders in their rough hand-made boats & rafts to the extent that RCMP Superintendent Sam Steele (who I came across at Fort Steele last year), ruled that only qualified pilots could take boats through the canyon. This meant that the potential miners had to unload everything & transport it all around the rapids to Whitehorse....

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Canada 2018

Aug 22, 2018 - Whitehorse

I walked around downtown Whitehorse & found the old Log Church, built in 1900 & one of the oldest buildings in Whitehorse. In 1942 during the building of the Alaska Highway, the population of Whitehorse surged from 500 to 8,000. With accommodation at a premium one enterprising resident began building small 2 & 3 storey log cabins which are still in use today although they look very run-down. I did some grocery shopping then went to the nearby Beringia Centre where I learned all about the geology & archaeology of this area. During the last...

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Canada 2018

Aug 21, 2018 - Whitehorse

About 35 km north of Whitehorse, the Yukon Government has set up a wildlife preserve to foster research, appreciation & conservation of the local Arctic animals. A guided tour bus was just about to leave as I got there but they waited for me & I had a very educational 2 hour tour led by a bloke who was obviously passionate about the wildlife. We travelled around the 3 sq km park in the bus but also had several stops where we could get out, take photos & learn more about the animals. I saw wood bison, moose, lynx, deer, sheep, goats,...

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Canada 2018

Aug 20, 2018 - Whitehorse

I’ve been giving a lot of thought about getting from here to Prince Rupert where I’ve booked on the BC Ferry to go to Port Hardy at the north end of Vancouver Island. My initial plan was to back-track 500 km to Watson Lake then take Highway 37 south but the more I thought about it, the less I liked it. There have been large bushfires in that part of BC & although the highway is open, there are still fires burning & some of the side-roads are closed. It’s not much fun driving through country which has just been burned plus there will still...

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Canada 2018

Aug 18, 2018 - Whitehorse

I had to pack up to move campgrounds so I took the opportunity to do some more sightseeing around Whitehorse. My first stop was the SS Klondike, the last of the paddle-wheelers on the Yukon River. She was retired in 1955 & has become a Parks Canada Heritage Site, parked on the waterfront since 1966. SS Klondike operated mainly between Whitehorse & Dawson City carrying both freight & passengers. She took 36 hours to travel downstream to Dawson but 4½ days to do the return journey upstream, burning about a cord of wood an hour. In places, the...

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Canada 2018

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