Nov 06, 2013

Driving up the Alaska Highway

On the first week-end of November we flew down to Edmonton to pick up the new van for Terre Boréale, and drove back up to Whitehorse for more than 2000 kilometers. After driving through the plains of western Alberta and entering British Columbia, we got on the Alaska Highway in Dawson creek. This is where things got interesting, especially after Fort Nelson where the road go straight west across the Rockies.

As we got closer to Muncho Pass (elevation 1095m), we saw many groups of elks (Cervus canadensis) on the side of road, some of them counting more than thirty individuals. On the other side of Muncho Pass, which is the northernmost mountain pass in the Rockies to be traversed by a highway, we drove along beautiful Muncho Lake before entering the bison area. Indeed, the section of the Alaska Highway situated after Muncho Lake is renowned for the high number of bisons roaming along the road. And it is not just a myth, we saw at least a hundred animals not even flinching when we stop beside them to take pictures!

We then stopped at the Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park where we jumped in the pool with water temperatures ranging from 42°C to 52°C. It was such a nice break after driving for so long! But the drive was not over, we still had 8 hours on the road ahead of us...

In Watson Lake we stopped to visit the Sign Post Forest which was started in 1942 during the Alaska Highway construction by a homesick American soldier. He set up a sign with the distance to his home town, and before long other soldiers joined him. Today, travelers from all over the world leave a sign from their hometown in the ever-growing forest!

Yukon - Bisons on the side of the Alaska highway


Alone in the Liard hot springs!


Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake, Yukon

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