Yukon Territory

Sidney Lake to Rose River on the South Canol Road

14 August 2010 - Saturday

Another clear blue sky this morning, and more flat water on Sidney Lake. The loons were out early this morning, but in the distance.

Loons on Sidney Lake, Yukon on South Canol
Loons on Sidney Lake in the morning

The zoom lens did the job though!

Loons on Sidney Lake in Yukon, on South Canol

Loons on Sidney Lake in Yukon, on South Canol
Loons enjoying Sidney Lake near the South Canol Road

It was so tempting to stay another night, but our feet were getting itchy. So we said our goodbyes to our new friends before they headed off for a paddle in their canoe.

Canoe on Sidney Lake on the South Canol Road, Yukon
Astrid and Ralf head off in their canoe on Sidney Lake

I surely hoped we'd meet our new friends again, further down the road. Real nice people who enjoyed adventures similar to ours. Tazz sure liked them too, and she really liked the fish Ralf smoked for their supper!

There is a territorial campground at Quiet Lake. It was a long weekend in the Yukon so a couple of the sites were occupied. The day was hot so kids were swimming in the lake too.

Quiet Lake is very large and scenic.

Quiet Lake on the South Canol Road in Yukon
Looking southward from the Quiet Lake campground boat launch

Quiet Lake on the South Canol Road in Yukon
Northward view of Quiet Lake with the concrete boat launch on the right

It was still early in the day and we had stayed at Quiet Lake on a previous trip, so decided to carry on to see what the rest of the day would bring. There is a lovely viewpoint of the lake at about km 90, with this info sign.

South Canol Road & Quiet Lake sign
Info sign about Quiet Lake on the South Canol Road

Stopped in at the campground/recreation site near km 98 at the north end of Quiet Lake. It was packed full! Fishermen and ATVs everywhere! Certainly not the relaxing out-of-the-way place we wanted to find for the night. So we carried on.

The Quiet Lake Maintenance Camp is literally just around the corner. There are some historical vehicles here too.

Quiet Lake Maintenance Camp on South Canol
Will it tow a fifth wheel?

Steve was determined to see if he could get the truck going ...

Quiet Lake Maintenance Camp on South Canol in Yukon
Old highway maintenance equipment at the Quiet Lake maintenance yard

In 2008 the bridge pictured below was washed out. That year we drove from Ross River to the bridge, just for something to do, overnighted at a lake, and then drove out again towards Ross River before heading to Watson Lake on the Campbell Highway. 

Rose River on South Canol in Yukon
Rose River bridge on the South Canol

The bridge looks new enough still, but I wonder if it isn't sagging a bit? 

Rose River on South Canol in Yukon
Rose River #1 Bridge on the South Canol Road

We checked around for a spot to overnight but nothing looked quite right. The gravel area was very soft! So we carried on northward. 

Rose River on South Canol in Yukon
Northbound on the South Canol Road north of Quiet Lake

Found one spot with promise and walked in. Oops...someone was already there! Said he was in from Whitehorse for the weekend, just hunting. He invited us to share his campsite but we wanted to find our own space. After a quick chat we moved on.

At about km 112 there was a lovely spot near the Rose River. Plenty of room for the fifth wheel and the fishing looked promising!

Rose River on South Canol in Yukon
Rose River meandering beside our campsite on the South Canol Road

Steve fished while Sue took photos!

Bee on South Canol near Rose River
I love seeing REAL bumble bees!

Steve caught some nice grayling! It was a good dinner that night.

Rose River on South Canol in Yukon
Steve cleaning his grayling alongside the Rose River

Too many bugs to sit out by the fire, so we made it an early night.  

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