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Old 11-20-2013, 01:06 PM   #1
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Yukon Trip Advice Sought

July 1, 2014, we are heading North from Calgary for about 2 months. Any input would be appreciated. Seems not many people choose this area to Escape to.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:48 PM   #2
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I did a short vacation there last year. Not camping, so I can't help with where to stay, but I can tell you some of the things I recommend.

We started in Whitehorse, drove a loop: drive to Skagway AK, ferry to Haines AK, drive to Haines Junction YT, drive to Whitehorse. Then drove to Dawson City and back to Whitehorse.

The road from Haines AK to Haines Junction YT was incredible. I grew up in B.C., so I've seen mountain roads before. This scenery just blew me away. Excellent quality road, btw. It climbs from sea level at Haines AK up to a high plateau. The plateau is incredible. Words won't do it justice. As you get close to Haines Junction YT, you start to drive along the edge of Kluane National Park. Again, fantastic mountain scenery. I wish we had had some time to explore the park.

If you do venture down to Skagway, I recommend the White Pass and Yukon tourist train. It is a day excursion that takes you out of Skagway up to the summit of the White Pass and back again.

Dawson City is a lot of fun if you're a history buff. The surrounding territory is very interesting with respect to the obvious changes that the gold mining have wrought. And from Dawson City there's a highway that heads west, called the "top of the world" highway, that has some incredible views.

We had a look at the Dempster Highway that heads north from near Dawson up past the arctic circle. There are lots of warnings about this road. From what little we saw, the warnings are warranted. I think I would take the road, but I'd definitely be careful and prepare for it.

One thing that struck us odd about the Yukon: it had excellent coffee where ever we went. We speculated that because they're so far off the beaten transport track that they have to have their own local roasting houses. But for whatever reason, very good coffee every where.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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Doug: Thanks for sharing the fantastic photos. Makes me want to head north when we get the 19.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:17 PM   #4
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I actually live in the Yukon. What would you like to know?
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I actually live in the Yukon. What would you like to know?
Can you explain the good coffee?
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:49 PM   #6
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LOL. Nope, other than we have some excellent local roasters!
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:51 AM   #7
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LOL. Nope, other than we have some excellent local roasters!
That and maybe the water! Full of gold dust no doubt.

Saw part of the Yukon back in the early 70's.
Would love to go back some time and see more of the sights.

Was there not a posting a number of months ago from a new owner who drove their trailer home to Alaska?
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July 1, 2014, we are heading North from Calgary for about 2 months. Any input would be appreciated. Seems not many people choose this area to Escape to.
We took this trip in 2012 from Innisfail to Alaska in our Escape 5.0 and had a marvelous time. One absolute must is the publication called the "Milepost". This will give you a km. by km. overview of the area in Northern B.C. and the Yukon so you will not miss a thing on your trip. The Territorial campgrounds are great, with a minimal cost of 12 dollars which includes all the wood you can burn.
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:56 PM   #9
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I am waiting on the new Mile Post book. Got a map coming from AMA to trace my route. Looking to find some nice campgrounds and experiences along the way. We always travel for a couple of months over the summer, but this is the first time I have started planning so early. Thank you for your input. I am sure I will be asking a lot more questions.
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