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Posted: 03/07/12 02:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In 2005 we arrived in Alaska on May 31 after taking 8 days to cross Canada from Sweetgrass. Alaska hwy going up and Cassiar on the return.
If we were to go again we would plan reaching AK by mid May. We spent the whole summer so we could take our time. Early in the season the snow covered mountails are beautiful.

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Posted: 03/07/12 10:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The mountains are beautiful in March too! BTW, saw 3 RVs on the Alaska Highway during this day trip to Kluane Lake last weekend ...








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Not to discourage you, we know several people through camp hosting that travel that way early in the season. Quite frequently they get snowed-in for a few days. Also, chains and/or studs are required in places during inclement weather. They usually take 10 days at least this time of year.

Campgrounds are oftn not open, but there are places along the way to stop. What campgrounds are open will have no water or dump stations. Call ahead, and check with the Prov. Parks to see what is open. Fuel stops are far and few between also. There are several new hotels open (we first traveled here in 2007)in some areas.

The Alaska Highway is kept up pretty well, but use caution because of the frost heaves and icy patches. Also look for links on the net for current road conditions.

There are more on line but I will list some here.

Road conditions Yukon

Alaska Road Conditions

Canadian Road Conditions

There are more I am sure.

Also, do some serious thinking about taking the Ferry (Marine Highway) up to Alaska, then driving back.

Good luck and have fun on the road - and planning your trip.


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Northern B.C. & Alaska Highway webcams at
http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/index-Northern.html

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Posted: 03/11/12 09:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can you drive from Seatle all the way to Anchorage or do you need to take a ferry? Can't I go east then north?
Checked out the fares for the ferry from Bellingham to Haines and it's $2500 one way with the motorhome. That's just one way. If I wanted to take a cruise, I would.

* This post was edited 03/11/12 09:42pm by DAS26miles *


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Posted: 03/12/12 06:59am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No need to take a ferry.
Seattle to Prince George, then decide whether to drive:
1. north to Dawson Creek on Hwy 97 and then northwest on the Alaska Highway
2. west on Hwy 16 to the junction of Hwy 37 and then northward on Hwy 37 (Cassiar Hwy). The Cassiar joins the Alaska Hwy near Watson Lake, Yukon.

From Vancouver Island, we usually allowed four days of driving to Whitehorse.

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Posted: 03/26/12 11:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Drat! I think I posted that on the wrong page. It happens to me when I open too many tabs.

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Is this forum haunted? I was just looking at Sue's picture below that she posted on March 14, but it is dated March 26 and the time , 11.45 is excactly when I looked at it! Or do they just have the wrong date & time on it!


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Segel10 wrote:

Has anyone traveled the Klondike and Taylor Hwy about the middle of June? Wondering if we should try this on the way up or wait until we head back.


We traveled up the Klondike Hwy, including a side trip up the Dempster Hwy, through Dawson and on to Tok in June 2009 with no problems. We did sit out a rain storm at Jack Wade Camp and waited a day for the Taylor Hwy to dry out a bit. It was a beautiful drive and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again in June.


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Sue, those images that you posted are stunning!


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