Yukon Territory

Ross River to Quiet Lake YT on the South Canol Road

Note: also see my South Canol Road pages

03 July 2008

Woke to good weather this morning!  And even though we knew the road was closed at Quiet lake (the half-way point) we decided to turn south on the South Canol Road and drive to Lapie Lake, a spot we enjoyed very much last year.

With the bridge closed, we did not expect to see much traffic on the South Canol.  This is a good thing on the north end of the South Canol, which can be narrow and winding.  In some places, there is enough room for only one vehicle.

South Canol Road, Yukon
Heading south on the South Canol Road

Even though the South Canol is more remote, it is well-signed.

Sign on South Canol Road, Yukon
Whitehorse 331 km and Watson Lake 536 km

South Canol Road, Yukon
The South Canol is a good gravel road, one lane in many places

South Canol Road, Yukon
The colours in the mountains were very different from our September 2007 trip

South Canol Road, Yukon

South Canol Road, Yukon
In some places the road was very narrow

The Lapie Lakes area is very nice.  Meadows, marshy lakes and mountains.  Very peaceful.

Lapie Lake, South Canol Road, Yukon
The Lapie Lake area

We stopped at Lapie Lake for lunch.  Last year we camped overnight at this spot.

Lapie Lake, South Canol Road, Yukon
View northward from Lapie Lake

Lapie Lake, South Canol Road, Yukon
View south from Lapie Lake

Lapie Lake wildlife
Local wildlife at Lapie Lake

After lunch, we continued south from Lapie Lake, more out of curiosity than an expectation we would be able to continue past the Rose River No. 1 bridge, which was supposed to be closed.

South Canol Road, Yukon
Southbound on the South Canol Road, between Quiet Lake and Lapie Lake

South Canol Road, Yukon
Approaching Upper Sheep Creek southbound

South Canol Road, Yukon
Whitehorse 281 km, Watson Lake 476 km

South Canol Road, Yukon
Just south of Rose River No. 2 crossing, southbound

Sure enough, crews were working on the bridge at Rose River No. 1.  A crane and pile driver were set up so we knew there was no chance of crossing to continue south to Quiet Lake.  With some careful maneuvering on the 2-lane gravel road, we were able to turn the truck and fifth wheel around and head back to Lapie Lake.

I sure was not going to complain about our campsite at Lapie Lake ... beautiful!

Campsite at Lapie Lake, South Canol Road, Yukon
Overnight boondock spot at Lapie Lake

Steve went fishing on the calm waters.  The evening was very pleasant and we enjoyed a good dinner of fresh grayling. We also enjoyed solitude surrounded by incredible colours and silence.

Boondocking at Lapie Lake on the South Canol Road, Yukon
Campsite at Lapie Lake

We looked forward to a very restful sleep, absolutely in the middle of nowhere.

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