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Old 06-30-2014, 05:38 PM   #1
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North-to-Alaska

Anyone ever make the trip from mainland up through Canada and into Alaska. In the planning stage now of a month long trip from Mississippi to Prudhoe Bay, AK pulling a pop-up with my 2011 JK. Anticipating 25 - 30 days and around $10k for all expenses.
Any feedback is most appreciated.

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Old 06-30-2014, 07:31 PM   #2
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Take NO firearms into Canada.

It can be done, but you have to have a legitimate reason for them to enter Canada, such as a licensed and registered hunting trip. This requires lots of paperwork and approvals from various Canadian agencies.

Simply driving through Canada is not a valid reason and the American Bill of Rights means nothing once you leave US soil.

Canada is a nice place, but they don't want firearms brought into their nation without prior government approval.

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Old 06-30-2014, 09:02 PM   #3
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You’ve got a great trip a head of you. My last trip was in 1993 when I drove back from Kodiak to Northern Michigan. I’ve driven this in a week by my self. Your 30 days should be a great time. First pick up the book “MILEPOST, Alaska travel guide and trip planner”, this will give you a great way to know what is up ahead, lodging, fuel, attractions…ect. I drove 2 round trips in a 2 wheel drive Dodge Dakota, so driving it in a Wrangler is no problem. The Alaska Highway is “paved” the whole way, but you will find long stretches where they are working on the road and these sections will be gravel. The gravel used is crushed rock, not little pebbles, so it is sharp and abrasive, you might want to protect the front of your camper, maybe think about mud flaps for the jeep. I had god luck with an inexpensive CB radio, and talked with the truckers and other travelers, although this was 20 some years ago. Fuel wasn’t a problem, except it was expensive. Once you get into Northern Alberta the scenery gets fantastic. In northern British Columbia make sure to stop at Laird River Hot Springs Provincial Park. In Yukon stop in Watson Lake, there is a museum about building the Alaska Highway, and the city signs from all over the world. The signs were started by a G.I. during the construction of the highway in WWII.
PM me any questions you have and I’ll do my best to answer them. Good luck, you’ve got a fantastic road trip ahead of you.
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As noted above... GET THE MILEPOSTS book. It is upgraded every year and has virtually every stop along the way. If you are really board, you can read our travelogue of our vacation up and back on the Alaska Highway... Alaska Travelogue. Lots of pictures and some brief narration of road conditions etc.

The start of the Alaska Highway is Milepost 0 in Dawson Creek, BC. There is an interesting visitor center/video presentation of the construction of the highway and you can learn about the explosion that leveled most of the town during road construction.



The signpost forest in Watson Lake, Yukon (milepost 635) is fascinating and is continuously growing. When we go again, we'll have a sign made up to take with us for mounting...

We were in a large motorhome and had little concern for wildlife as we camped, but a pop-up camper will be much more exposed. For example, as we were sitting and visiting with a road construction flag-person, she mentioned how often she had to run for her vehicle as bears would show up on site. We saw lots of bears... Brown (Grizzly) and black bears so be sure to practice safe food storage. There are plenty of other large mammals along the road that won't try and take your food.

If you travel at "night" (it stays light 'till 3 AM much of the summer months), some of the remote communities along the road operate with generator power during the day with no electricity at night so you could be sitting at the pumps until they fire up the community generator in the morning.



There are free places to camp all along the route. During construction of the original Alcan Highway, large construction yards were cleared and can be found easily along the route. The Canadian Provincial Parks are well maintained and inexpensive as well for the most part. The US National Wildlife Refuges along the Alaska Highway offer free camping too.



When we visited Danali National Park, we were lucky and got to see the big mountain the first day we were there... the rest of the week we scheduled there was cloudy and wet. The later in the season you go, the worse the mosquitoes will be... and they get big up north! If you go, be sure to see the dogs the National Park Service uses for winter patrols... very interesting, up close, and hands on the dogs is OK! Unless you camp in one of the remote campgrounds along the road, you will be required to take a bus into the deeper reaches of the park.


Photo taken from our inside our motorhome at campsite in Denali.

Oh yes... Salmon bake and sweet rolls the size of dinner plates are common. Be sure to eat at Silly Al's in Tok, Alaska. We made a circle trip as much as possible came back via Chicken, Alaska and Dawson City, Yukon. You may get stuck in a long of line of vehicles waiting on the ferry across the Yukon river. We went from west to east and had no line... the folks going from Dawson City into Alaska had long waits for the ferry.



It rains up north... almost every day on our trip so go ready wetness!

Have fun! I wish we were going again next year!
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I got to snowboard Alyeska this February. Alaska is amazing. It can be an unforgiving environment. Don't go McCandless on us.

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I've done the drive several times as I used to live in Anchorage until last year. I never did the drive in a Jeep. There's tons to see along the way. Somebody already mentioned no guns in Canada. You will need passports. If you pass up Banff National Park, you're making a huge mistake. It straddles the border of British Columbia and Alberta. Another amazing place is the Northern Rockies Lodge. Google them. They have RV spots too. That was the most expensive gas I saw on the trip I did last July. It worked out to $7.53 a gallon. The place is beautiful though. Somebody mentioned the Liard Hot Springs. I'll second that. It's awesome and not much money to get in. $5 or $10 for the whole car I think. Whitehorse is a neat town to spend a day in. Once you get to Alaska, you will have tons of amazing places to camp. I recommend pretty much anywhere on the Kenai Peninsula. If you want to salmon fish, that's the place to do it. Halibut fishing is a ton of fun too. I'd recommend J&J Charters out of Ninilchik. I used them four times and wore myself out reeling in fish. Homer is amazing. Further north, Denali National Park is awesome. I'd recommend taking the bus tour to Eielson visitor center. It's eight hours round trip. I've done it twice and saw tons of animals each time.

I wouldn't worry about bears too much. Keep your food away from where you're camping if you're in a pop up. But I've done tons of hiking and camping in Alaska and I have seen and come across a LOT of bears. A little common sense goes a long ways. I never felt threatened by a bear. Bring some bear spray and call it good.
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Eat a Trutch burger at Trutch mountain pass. Drink a beer at Destruction Bay on the front porch of the General Store. Just saying.
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Keep us posted on your trip! Thanks
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If you stop in Anchorage be sure to eat breakfast at Gwenies (? on the spelling) the reindeer sausage omelet is GREAT!!!
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Here's a blog from a couple that are actually still on the road for a very similar trip. It's the guy that built the safari top for his LJ and I'm sure he'd answer any questions via PM/call if you sent him your number
Horseheads to Deadhorse | Adventures in the Safari Cab LJ
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I did it in 1974 headed to elmendorf AFB. Also rode back in 1978 on a Harley to Tampa. Some of the best memories of my life. I guarantee it will be something you wont forget.

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