Overview

From one of the most livable cities in the world to the untamed wilderness of Canada's Great North, there's so much to discover on this epic road trip from Vancouver to the Yukon Territory.
Duration
24 DAYS
Distance
6600km / 4101mi
Region
British Columbia, Yukon, Alaska

COVID Closures


Due to COVID19, please check that the Yukon/Alaska borders are open to non-essential traffic/non residents before departure.
 

Route - 6600 km / 4101 mi

Day Location Distance Duration
01 Vancouver to Whistler 154 km / 96 mi Approx. 1.30
02 Whistler to Quesnel 516 km / 321 mi Approx. 7 hours
03 Quesnel to Smithers 486 km / 302 mi Approx. 6 hours
04 Smithers to Dease Lake 599 km / 372 mi Approx. 8 hours
05 Dease Lake to Whitehorse 652 km / 405 mi Approx. 8 hours
06 Whitehorse
07 Whitehorse to Carmacks 177 km / 110 mi Approx 2 hours
08 Carmacks to Dawson City 355 km / 221 mi Approx. 5 hours
09 Dawson City
10 Dawson City to Tok 278 km / 173 mi Approx 3.5 hours
11 Tok to Burwash Landing 326 km / 203 mi Approx 4.5 hours
12 Burwash Landing to Haines Junction 122 km / 76 mi Approx 1.75 hours
13 Haines Junction
14 Haines Junction and Haines 238 km / 148 mi Approx 3 hours
15 --
16 Haines and Skagway 22 km / 14 mi Approx 1.5 hours
17 --
18 Skagway to Carcross 105 km / 65 mi Approx 1.5 hours
19 Carcross to Watson Lake 438 km / 272 mi Approx 6 hours
20 Watson Lake to Fort Nelson 513 km / 319 mi Approx 7 hours
21 Fort Nelson to Dawson Creek 453 km / 281 mi Approx. 6 hours
22 Dawson Creek to Prince George 404 km / 251 mi Approx 5 hours
23 Prince George to Cache Creek 438 km / 272 mi Approx 6 hours
24 Cache Creek to Vancouver 345 km / 214 mi Approx 4.5 hours

Trip Details

Whistler is an RV vacation paradise. Be sure to ride the Peak2Peak gondola which spans the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains – it is truly a modern feat of engineering. Off the mountain there’s lots to see and do – one night will not be enough!
 

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Stretch your legs in downtown Quesnel on the Riverfront Trail. Borrow gold plans and a map from the Visitor Centre and try your luck at finding gold! At nearby Pinnacles Provincial Park, view some ancient hoodoo rock formations and catch a scenic view over Quesnel.

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Barkerville Historic Town

If you’d rather just hit the road to give yourself more time to explore along the way, highway 97 continues on to Prince George where you’ll join BC’s other TransCanada Highway east to Smithers. The area is forested with lakes aplenty. Small towns dot the highway and a number of provincial parks beckon you in to hike or just take a break.

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Bulkley Adventures
Shady Rest RV Park

 

Get a taste for First Nations culture at K'san Historical Village and Museum before following the mighty Skeena River to the junction of the Yellowhead and Stewart Cassiar Highways. Here we hit the road less travelled as we head north through spectacular scenery flanked by mountains on both sides. Numerous provincial parks provide opportunities for hiking and picnicking along the way.

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Water's Edge Campground

Either way you’ll find yourself criss-crossing the BC border today as the road winds through stands of deciduous and evergreen trees, and opportunities for wildlife spotting abound. At Teslin, stop at the overlook before the bridge to view the town from above before continuing along the Teslin River to Jakes Corner. Here the road divides – take Highway 1 past Marsh Lake (don’t forget to stop here) and on to Whitehorse.

Home to the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, Carmacks has a population of fewer than 500 people and is popular with river travellers paddling the Yukon between Whitehorse and Dawson City.

Stop at the Big Jonathan Heritage Center in Pelly Crossing, home of the Selkirk First Nation cultural centre. Not far from Dawson City, you’ll pass by the junction of Highways 2 and 5. Hwy 5 is the infamous Dempster Highway, taking you above the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories and beyond. You might like to stop and photograph the sign and add the highway to your bucket list for another trip.

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The visitor information centre should be your first stop today. For a town the size of Dawson, it’s packed with so many things to see and do. Spend an evening at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall!

Starting with a summer ferry ride across the Yukon River, the highway starts off wide with a few steep drops, narrowing and becoming winding as it makes its way into Alaska. Keep your speed down and make lots of stops to enjoy the views which are truly spectacular. There are several campgrounds in Tok and flightseeing tours are provided over nearby Wrangell-St Elias Park by Tok Air Service.

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Chicken Gold Camp

Canada Border Services will welcome you back to Canada at Beaver Creek, Canada’s westernmost community. Burwash Landing lies on the shores of Kluane Lake where you’ll find a selection of campgrounds for your overnight stay.

Outdoor recreation is the name of the game and bears can appear from anywhere. Haines Junction is an ideal base from which to explore Kluane National Park & Reserve. The Kluane Mountains are home to Canada’s highest peak in Mount Yukon. Among the must-do activities on offer here are glacier flight seeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, llama trekking and hiking.

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Kluane Glacier Air Tours

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Klukshu, a native fishing village just past Dezadeash Lake, is also a great option for a stop. The highway seemingly ends at Haines, as the city meets the sheltered waters of the Chilkoot Inlet on the edge of North America’s longest and deepest fjord.

Daylight scarcely ends in summer giving you long days to fill with fishing, hiking, cruising and learning about the culture of the native people. Spend a day in and around Haines to discover all that this city has to offer.

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Sailing into Skagway in the summer time, you can’t fail to notice the cruise ships lining the docks. The majority of Skagway’s visitors arrive by sea, and people line the streets everywhere. False fronted shops and boardwalks recreate the gold-rush era when Skagway boasted a permanent population of 30,000 people, largely American prospectors. Today the ‘gold’ lies in tourism with Skagway hosting more than 1,000,000 tourists annually. While in Skagway, enjoy spectacular scenery on the Yukon & Whitepass Railway, built in 1898 by thousands of construction workers. Join a day cruise to Juneau and enjoy marine mammal watching en route. There’s plenty here to fill in more than a couple of days.


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It’s another 12km from here before you reach the Canada Border Services Agency and officially re-enter Canada.

The small town of Carcross lies at the head of two lakes and is home to the Yukon’s oldest general store. Originally known as Caribou Crossing, the town’s former name lives on at the Caribou Crossing Trading Post where visitors can sample their home-baked goods, visit the wildlife museum, take a dog cart ride or play a round of mini golf. Close by is the Carcross Desert, often considered the smallest in the world, covering only 1 square kilometre. It is actually a series of sand dunes carried by the wind from nearby Bennett Lake but it contains a wide variety of plants not found elsewhere in Canada. Despite this, it is not a protected area and the locals use Carcross Desert for recreational activities.

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Caribou Crossing Trading Post

Despite its small size and population, Watson Lake has a lot to offer visitors. The Northern Lights Centre showcases Yukon’s Northern Lights through a video shown nightly throughout the summer months in its 100-seat domed theatre. The quirky is catered to with the Signpost Forest, one of the most famous of the landmarks along the Alaska Highway. Visitors are welcome to add their own signs to the over 80,000 already present.

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Baby Nugget RV Park

Here a boardwalk across warm water swampland leads to the second largest natural hot spring in Canada. Water temperature ranges from 42-52C and parking is available at the entrance. An admission fee is charged. From here the highway continues to Muncho Lake and Toad River. Spectacular landscapes and incredible wildlife viewing opportunities await in Stone Mountain Provincial Park.

In Dawson Creek, call in at the tourist information centre housed in the railway park and featuring an old-style grain elevator. Pick up a walking tour map and spend an hour exploring the downtown. Close by, have your picture taken by the Alaska Highway sign. Dawson Creek is the beginning (or end) of the highway – officially Mile 0. There’s a marker post in the downtown core showing Mile 0.

CanaDream Club partners on today's itinerary:
Northern Lights RV Park

Around 30 minutes north of Prince George, the Huble Homestead Historic Site features the original homestead, along with other pioneer buildings detailing the lives of the settlers of the region. The park is open seasonally.

Prince George is also home to the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum which has one of the largest collections of vintage rail items in the province. Climb into the locomotives and ride the mini rail train.


CanaDream Club partners on today's itinerary:
Blue Cedars Campground
Mama Yeh RV Park & Campground

In the words of Travel BC, “Cache Creek can accurately be described as a bustling oasis town in the midst of cactus, tumbleweed and a desert-like climate.” Camping is available by the Thompson River in nearby Ashcroft.

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Brookside Campsite
Hells Gate Airtram