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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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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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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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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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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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Aug 17, 2018 - Teslin to Whitehorse

I stopped at the Teslin Tlingit Cultural Centre just north of Teslin. I was early, so the only one there for a while & was greeted by a very helpful young man who had lots of information about the area & what I should see on the road to Whitehorse. There was an excellent video which showed that these First Nations people are really focussed on preserving their culture, especially teaching the children their language, dances, songs, stories & crafts. It was very moving to see Elders in their 90s almost in tears watching the children sing in...

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Aug 9, 2018 - Whitehorse, Yukon

Arrived in Whitehorse Yukon today. It rained all day. We liked this very clean and progressive town. It is right on the Yukon River. It is the capitol of the Yukon Territory. We checked out some great live music at the Best Western and really enjoyed that. We went for a hike after it finally stopped raining and that was fun. We stopped at the SS Klondike, an old steamship from yesteryear that traveled a route from Whitehorse to the gold rush town of Dawson City back in the day. We also went to a salmon fish ladder. That’s a device created...

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Jul 22, 2018 - Trip to Skagway

On Saturday, we took a bus from the campground in Whitehorse south to Fraser, BC with a stop in Carcross at the head of Bennett Lake. This is where the gold seekers of 1898 that came up the Chilcoot Pass had to build their boats/rafts and make their way up the Yukon River to Dawson City, a treacherous journey, only to find almost of the good claims were already taken. Then on to Fraser to catch the White Pass and Yukon railroad down the pass to Skagway. It drops about 3,000' in about 27 miles. It is a beautiful ride down to the port city of...

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Jul 20, 2018 - Whitehorse, Yukon

Drove from Watson Lake to Whitehorse today. The drive was beautiful, especially along Teslin Lake, and the weather great. It was 39 early in the drive but warmed up to around the mid 60's in Whitehorse. Had a moose run across the road in front of us but not too close. Other than the moose we just saw a bunch of rabbits today. We are taking a bus trip to Fraser, BC and the White Pass Rail to Skagway, Alaska and back to catch the bus back to Whitehorse. We will be here til Monday when we head to Dawson City, the home of the gold rush of the...

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Jul 18, 2018 - July 18 day 16

Today begins out official trek to Alaska, beginning in Kitwanga BC. So far it’s been an incredible journey through the United States and western Canada. Really hot weather until we got to Calgary and even in the upper 80’s during the days there. Some short hiking and biking along the way , some great campgrounds some not so much, we spent 2 days in Custer SD, did Custer National Park, drove by Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse, then on to the Calgary stampede! Very cool, were there for the championship lots of fun. Rode bikes down the Olympic...

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Jul 9, 2018 - Travel to Whitehorse

Had a short drive (2 hours) to Whitehorse, capital of Yukon, which gave us some time to check out the town. Traffic picked up some as we neared Whitehorse, which seems to have a lot going on with a 2016 population of about 25,000. They have nicely done the waterfront, there are other nice attractions as well, including what appears to be a pretty good airport. They have a Walmart, $1.45/liter gasoline, a good car wash, etc. Wouldn’t mind coming back here sometime. We are getting worn down some so we left some places of interest for a...

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