On my trip in 2006, coming into Whitehorse, in a half mile stretch I saw a buffalo, a black bear and a deer, all next to the road and apparently unaware of each other. I was surprised by the number of wild animals along the AlCan, considering the amount of open space and the lack of roads.
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The best source of accurate campground information, IMHO, is the book, Alaskan Camping by Mike and Terri Church. They don't accept advertising and have personally stopped at each of the campgrounds, they give a review for in the book. The book is revised every three years but their web site gives more current updates. Well worth the price of the book. It is available online or at any of the major book sellers. www.rollinghomes.com
Last summer, not too far south of Watson Lake on the Alaska Hwy we had just passed a sign that warned of "sheep" on the highway. We rounded a curve here stood this guy. LOL
There were lots of black bears out that morning, as it was cool and just a light sprinkling of rain falling.
And my favorite critter spotting I have had in all the bears I have seen in Alaska and on the trips to/from, has to be this sow and cubs. Again the same morning. Only triplets I have ever seen.
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Mike and Terry do a great job with their travel books. We are using their Alaska book to plan our trip. They are the most comprehensive guide I have found and know what campers want. We used their Southwest book a few years ago and it was the best. Anyone planning a trip to Alaska should invest in their book. The newest update was just released.
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Last September 2011, I woke up to a stampede at Liard Hot Springs that stopped traffic to a hault...the past 20 years the bison population in this area has significantly increased due to being federally protected in most cases from what I was told...
Mile 477 Alaska Hwy :
On the Alaska Hwy. corridor, along the higher elevation country particularly thru Summit Lake and Muncho Lake areas you will normally spot mountain goat-sheep, caribou, elk, or bear pretty easy....
Mile 368 Alaska Hwy -Aug 2008- :
Mile 452 Alaska Hwy -Sep 2011- :
North of Muncho Lake you will mainly spot many bison, and bear populations throughout Northern BC all the way to the Yukon Territory border....
Mile 488 Alaska Hwy. -Sep 2011- another bison herd :
BC bear near Fireside -Sep 2011- :
Thru the Yukon Territory you will tend to spot more bear, elk, and fox versus the other wildlife, although once in a while you will spot a moose...
Yukon Territory bear near White River -July 2010- :
Crossing into Alaska you will see much more moose population here, particularly the thickest populated between Dot Lake and Delta Junction on the Alaska Hwy. so drive with caution or a moose could destroy your rig if they dart on the roadway...
Moose near Gerstle River at Mile 1391 Alaska Hwy -Aug 2006- :
While boating or at home here in Alaska, moose are fairly common....
Quartz Lake at midnight -June 2005- :
In the back vacant lot -June 2005- :
In my immediate front and backyard at -26 below F -Feb 2002-
If headed to Fairbanks the moose population are also real thick on the Richardson Hwy. between Delta Junction and Shaw Creek so drive with caution thru this stretch too.
Happy travels, wish I could right now.
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We're having an incredible wildlife-viewing trip including 25 bears in one day on the Cassiar highway - including one who danced on a hillside next to the road while scratching his back on a cross, and a brown bear who really wanted to follow us. If interested, you can check out the blog I've been keeping at http://mytripjournal.com/cjnky
I've lost track of the number of moose we've seen - and I can't believe how many porcupines we've seen - also carabou, elk, longhorn sheep, fox, bison and even a POLAR BEAR (but that was on a trip to Barrow NOT in the RV!) You just can't get better than Canada/Alaska for wildlife!
We have been out of pocket for a few days while traveling in Northern British Columbia and a stop a beautiful Muncho Lake. The area has no power grid, so each business operates on generator power. No cell phone service. No wi-fi. Simply an astounding view anywhere you look. Loved it and took lots of pics.
We've now made it to Watson Lake and seen the signpost forest and Northern Lights Centre. A good day.
I've stayed up late and got the blog updated with our last adventures and all the new pictures.