Departed Vancouver Island on the 7 a.m. ferry and stayed on Highway 1 through the Fraser Canyon, then on to Highway 97 northbound. We arrived at the Fircrest Resort in Lac La Hache (Hwy 97) at about 5:30 p.m. after driving 561 km (348 miles).
The day wasn't great; snow and sleet most of the day. Even so, the highway was in good condition. At 4:30 p.m. we stopped at McLeod Lake on Hwy 97, 140 km (88 miles) north of Prince George, and drycamped in a parking lot. 433 km (270 miles) today.
The furnace quit working during the night and it was cold! At 4 a.m. I decided to get up and start driving to warm things up. Early morning was ideal for seeing moose: five total!
In Dawson Creek, a propane dealership figured moisture was causing the propane valve to freeze. They added methanol hydrate to the tank. The sky was clear and the highway was in great shape.
It was about 6 p.m. when we stopped in Fort Nelson (historical milepost 300) and found a camping spot with hookup behind the Blue Bell Inn. Today we covered 716 km (445 miles).
Left Fort Nelson at 10:30 a.m. headed for Liard River Hotsprings (historical milepost 496).
We arrived at Liard Hot Springs at 5 p.m., with plenty of time for a long soak in the evening!
Enjoyed soaking in the hot springs. Woke up to -15C (5F) and were told it will be getting colder.
Left the warmth of the springs to head for Whitehorse (historical milepost 918). It was dark when we departed at 8 a.m. We took our time to let the RV thaw out as it had sat for a couple of days. Even with the recent snow fall the highway was in great condition.
A quick stop at Watson Lake (historical milepost 635) to find the sign that we posted in 1997.
The dogs each have their spot while we're on the road.
Drove 660km (410 miles) to arrive in Whitehorse at 7 p.m., the temperature was -27C (-17F). McKenzie's RV Park, north of Whitehorse was open year-round (this RV park is no longer open). We had the place to ourselves and were able to plug in both the RV and the block heater!
An easy day of Christmas shopping in Whitehorse and stocking up with groceries for Christmas dinner in Beaver Creek. Also took the dogs for a walk along the Yukon River.
Drove from Whitehorse to Braeburn (on the Klondike Hwy) where Pete gathered us into his pickup for the drive to his remote cabin and 20 dog houses! We got a lesson on how to stop a dog sled. There's no need to worry about how to go, the dogs take care of that! Pete then ensured we had enough cold weather protection; by the end of the day I was grateful for his moosehide mitts!
Pete took us along the Yukon Quest trail. My team of four dogs was fast enough for me; can't imagine managing a team of 10 or 14 dogs! The brown dog, below, kept turning around to give me the evil eye. That dog knew everything I didn't know, and we both knew it!
At the lunch stop, Pete tossed down some skins then prepared a delicious lunch!
At the end of this great day, we drove back to Whitehorse.
Left Whitehorse for Beaver Creek. The day was overcast and cold. The fresh snow on the ground made the day bright. We stopped at Silver City (historical mile 1053) to tour the ruins. Silver City was a trading post, roadhouse and included North West Mounted Police barracks in the early 1900s.
When I was a kid we often stopped here on our trips "to town".
The sun was poking through on the mountains surrounding Kluane Lake. Kluane Lake is 70 km (45 miles) long.and is the largest lake situated entirely in the Yukon.
Apparently Slim's River was named for a packhorse that drowned during the 1903 Kluane gold rush.
A short distance past Slim's River bridge there is a turnout at the start of
the hike up to
Soldier's Summit (historical milepost 1061). This picture is taken from the original highway.
Beaver Creek is the most westerly community in Canada. It is my hometown. The temperature on our first day was -35C (-31F). Overnight it dipped below -40 and because the northern lights were out, so were we thanks to a good friend who made sure we got out of our warm beds in the RV to enjoy the colours in the sky!
These pictures are of the Alaska Highway, which runs through the middle of town.
Departed Beaver Creek southbound. It was overcast and very snowy, so there was limited scenery.
After shopping in Whitehorse we hit the road at 3:30 p.m. In Teslin, there was no place to stay so I phoned ahead to Morley River Lodge, 23 miles south. The owner encouraged us on. When we arrived, he had opened his shower shack, cleared a spot for us to park, and had the electric ready to go. Cost: $10. Note: Morley River Lodge is no longer open for business.
We enjoyed some burgers that night in his small restaurant.
After breakfast in the restaurant at Morley River, we hit a snowy road headed for Liard Hotsprings. The day was overcast with drizzly snow.
Back at Liard Hotsprings by 5 p.m. The temperature was mild so we dry-camped in the parking area.
The start of the boardwalk to the hot springs ...
Stayed at Liard, continued soaking, snoozing and hiking.
A windstorm was shaking the RV and snow was falling. We were on the road by 11 a.m.
Along Muncho Lake ...
By 5:30 p.m. we were in the Pink Mountain area, near mile 143. The gas station offered parking near a noisy generator but the area wasn't level. We backtracked four miles to a lodge that wasn't open but was occupied. After hearing that we were RVing and needed electricity for our block heater, the owners offered us a great spot with electric for the block heater and RV. They also invited us to join them for a moose roast dinner and to celebrate New Years with them and their friends!
We headed out in sunshine and clear skies. Overnighted at the Sintich RV Park in Prince George.
Caught the last ferry to Vancouver Island at 9 p.m.