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Old 11-03-2012, 09:16 PM   #1
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Has any of our members traveled to Yellowknife? I think that is where "Ice Road Truckers" is filmed and looks like an interesting place to have been to. The northern lights must be spectacular from there? Just wondering if any Escapes have made it that far north?
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:06 PM   #2
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Not Yellowknife, I know, but similar...

We weren't pulling a trailer, but my wife and I were in Whitehorse earlier this summer. We toured around a little, including visiting Kluane National Park. Lovely country, and I'd love to go back and explore.

As for the northern lights, keep in mind that in the summer you'll see very little night, and even at the darkest the sky isn't very dark. We were there a little before the summer solstice, and we didn't get north of the arctic circle, but we saw "nights" about 5 hours long. I quote "nights" because the sun was never very far below the horizon, so it never got really dark -- just sort of twilight-ish. All that to say: if you go any time near the solstice, you aren't likely to see northern lights...
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:47 PM   #3
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Has any of our members traveled to Yellowknife? I think that is where "Ice Road Truckers" is filmed and looks like an interesting place to have been to. The northern lights must be spectacular from there? Just wondering if any Escapes have made it that far north?
Hi ..... the "northern lights are " magical - just beautiful . We've spent some time up in northern Ontario ( north of L. Superior ) where they are often seen , had some wonderful evening walks just looking up . Also northern Manitoba - Thompson ( a good drive and an amazing view of the lights ) from where one can take a train or flight to Churchill - there the lights are absolutely spectacular . Wolf had some work rotations in Resolute bay and of coarse they are there but generally way to cold to spend time outside viewing them . Northern Lights are worth a trip , but take a good parka and boots .
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:34 PM   #4
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In July, 2005 we set out from Terrace, BC in our brand new 13 foot Trillium along with our friends in their 72 13 foot Boler, headed for Yellowknife. We found travelling through northern Alberta very pleasant with lots of small towns and places to stop for coffee and golf. After Hay River we found very few rest stops or places to stop for a meal or coffee. Good government campgrounds but some of them closed up rather early - no showers after 8 pm for instance. The roads were very good except for the last bit into Yellowknife which they were working on and should be now paved. Yellowknife is a fascinating city with good museums, historical areas (Ragged Ass Road in Old Town), wonderful legislative building, diamond centre, and a golf course with NO grass. Only complaint was the bugs and at times they were ferocious. After this trip we realized we needed a bigger trailer and one with a bathroom for those in the middle of nowhere, flat country, no bushes pit stops. Bought our 17 foot Escape the following spring. A great trip with lots of good memories.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:08 PM   #5
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Now there's a coincidence... On our trip to the Yukon we did an excursion down to Skagway, Alaska. And there we ran into a "Ragged Ass Lane". I wonder if that term is some piece of Northern slang I'm not familiar with.
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I've been to Inuvik with a boler about 10 years ago.This year we're going to Inuvik again but will spot the Escape in Dawson City. The Dempster is to rough for the Escape, the road would take 10 year of it. Not to mention tires It's mostly shale and pot holes and there are two ferries up and two down to contend with.Haven't been to Yellowknife as yet but would also consider spotting the trailer some wheres safe. Ft. Providence perhaps.
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We are heading up to Chilliwack for a bit of touch-up in late June, early July, From there we are heading up to Dawson City. After that I have not decided. Been to Alaska twice and wouldn't mind visiting again. Or--we have not been to Yellowknife so that is an attractive possibility. But I have two questions: gas and road conditions. The previous posts indicate the roads are in good shape, although google maps estimates it will save me about 500 miles and take a couple of hours longer to head north from Fort Nelson (Laird Hwy) vs going all the way down to Dawson Creek and then north on the Mackenzie. Any recommendation? Also, I expect to get about 16 MPG, so with a 21 gallon tank I feel comfortable getting gas every 150 - 200 miles. We ran into a couple of problems in Alaska with stations being closed or out of gas and I hate it when that light comes on. Can I reasonably expect to find gas stations within my range? I don't mind stopping sooner than 150, but I get nervous after 200 miles.

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If it were me, I would also carry some extra 5 gal containers, if possible in the back of the Frontier. For those "low gas" situations in the middle of nowhere. Please take some pictures and post them, thanks.
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Hi: captmath... I know how you feel!!! We were headed home up I40 in N.C. and figured on gassing up before Raleigh. All the gas stn's. in Benson along I95 were out of gas. After the forth one I started to worry!!! Got back on I40 and off at the next exit...warning light a glow. There was a Marathon stand alone stn. with gas. WHEW!!! Alf
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Has any of our members traveled to Yellowknife? I think that is where "Ice Road Truckers" is filmed and looks like an interesting place to have been to. The northern lights must be spectacular from there? Just wondering if any Escapes have made it that far north?
Hi Jim,
My wife and I were there last summer for two weeks and return this August. Yellowknife is a fascinating place: not quite the land of the midnight sun, but pretty close. Fred Henne campsite offers some elec only sites, no full hook-ups. The old town beside the lake is a wonderful mixture of buildings and homes, some very old by today's standards. There's a busy timetable of float planes taking off and landing, the fishings good and there are a some excellent restaurants- those we've visited all had very much a frontier flavour. Gas is expensive, so is wine and beer but the scenery is definitely worth a visit!
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