Category: Yukon

Chicken or Bust

Having arrived in Dawson, of which more later, the decision was two fold.

To go down the Dempster highway and cross the Arctic circle (still not sure what that is, but feel  I really ought to know) or to cross the Yukon River, drive to Alaska and go to Chicken, which is pretty much the first Border Town about 40 miles into Alaska.

Midnight Sun Literally

Whitehorse 2

Whitehorse is a really nice place – not entirely what I was expecting, not sure what I was expecting !

An old mining town, also capital of the Yukon and really quite modern in many ways.

Its main industry is tourism, unsurprisingly, which is pretty active from mid May – mid September, in the summer its still daylight at sort of 12.30/1.oc (last night)

I’m not sure how much later it gets, but its pretty impressive having real proper daylight at midnight – the downside is that during winter it can get down to -55c and you can get about I hour of daylight a day (talk about SAD)

Am here for a couple of days – big decision is where to go next!

I quite wanted to get into Alaska, problem is if I do that  I’m not really going to have time to do Vancouver+Vancouver Island which I really want to do.

Decided to go up to Dawson City on Thursday, which is almost as far north within the Yukon as you can go, might pop into Alaska just for the sake of it.

Dawson City was + is still  the Gold Rush (as is this whole area) which I hadn’t realised at all.Will be interesting to see it – apparently there is still a lot of mining being done by companies as well as people.

This whole area is awash with history of the gold rush and the aboriginal people who live here.

Land of The Midnight Sun

Tuesday 26 June

Arrived Whitehorse early evening about six thirty having done a ten hour drive from Burns Lake – drove up the rest of the Cassiar which was ok most of the way, a bit hairy in others.

Maps of the Cassiar show three bits that haven’t yet been upgraded that they call gravel, in fact they’re more like mudslides!

It only occurred to me after I had reached the Alaska Highway, where the road becomes a proper road again – that I had a 4×4 that I could have activated where the highway had become mud – it just didn’t occur to me!

Entered the Yukon, which subtitles itself, The True North of Canada – truly deserved.

Was driving along, literally just going WOW! every couple of minutes. It is much more remote and wild than BC, and feels much more powerful.

A lot of Canada can seem a bit chocatley – box in a way, stunning though it is – its Lakes and Mountains are so many, that you almost become a bit desensitised to them.

The Yukon is quite different, very raw.

The country is very like the south Island of New Zealand in its terrain and mountainous landscape.

The drive was quite long, partly because at times you just have to stop and wonder.

Its probably the most frustrating thing about doing a trip like this, is that I have to drive quite hard to cover the distance I want to, which means looking longing at the land, whilst doing 120k’s an hour!

And stopping where I can. The drive through the Yukon has undoubtedly been the most stunning yet, Ican’t think of a better word than stunning, which is why I use it so much.