Yukon Sights by Sue Thomas

Kluane Lake to Beaver Creek YT on the Alaska Highway

Friday 20 June 2008

Leaving the Kathleen Lake campground, we turned towards Haines Junction. 

It seemed blue skies were not the theme for this year's trip! Even so, I looked forward touring through my favourite area of the Yukon -- Kluane Lake.

Alaska Highway northbound near Kluane Lake, Yukon
South end of Kluane Lake looking east

Slims River Bridge, Alaska Highway, Kluane Lake
Sheep Mountain is popular with Dall sheep and humans

Kluane Lake image
Northbound along the northwest shore of Kluane Lake

North of Destruction Bay and Burwash Landing the road is a slow-go for folk pulling a trailer. We looked forward to construction zones, as the road became smoother even though it was gravel.

Duke River bridge, Alaska Highway, Yukon
The Duke River bridge, just a bit north of Burwash Landing, is being rebuilt

Donjek River valley, Alaska Highway
The Donjek River Valley and the Kluane Ranges

Looking east along the Donjek River, Yukon
Looking east towards the Nisling Range, from where the Donjek River meets the Alaska Highway

Looking east along the White River, Yukon
Looking east along the White River, from where it intersects the Alaska Highway

We arrived in Beaver Creek in mid-afternoon.

Beaver Creek Sign - Most Westerly Community
Most westerly community in Canada!

After setting up in the Westmark RV Park, we headed out on our bicycles to explore the area. When I was a kid, I often hiked up Red Hill just north of town. The view is worth the climb.

Overlooking Beaver Creek Airport and Canada Customs, Yukon
View of Canada Customs and the Nutzotin Mountains from Red Hill

Then we headed back to town to wrap up the evening. We attended the dinner show at the Westmark Inn. It is a great show with plenty of laughs.

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