ALASKA, HERE WE COME ! Vancouver to Dawson Creek, BC- Mile 0 Alaska Highway to Tok, AK- Mile 1313 And Picturesque Valdez, Ak and off to Palmer

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British Columbia (good sources of info are):
drivebc.ca (road conditions, etc)
hellobc.com ย (for things to do, etc. Also has section for RV campgrounds)

Yukon Info:
Yukoninfo.com (for road conditions)

Alaska Info
511.alaska.gov (for road conditions)

MILEPOST book (this is a must have)
Alaska Tour Saver Book ๐Ÿ“š (great coupons for throughout Alaska, check online for coupon when ordering, I save $20.00)
Northern Lights Entertainment Book๐Ÿ“š-$55.00 or can pick up in Anchorage
(again great coupons, I bought this mainly for Talkneeta Air Taxi (flight over Denali, will save over $100.00 per person)
GAS โ›ฝ๏ธ , make sure you have plenty, could be 100-150 miles till next station
CAMERA ๐ŸŽฅ and BINOCULARS (so much roadside wildlife)
REFLECTIX- to cover your windows when it’s 10:30 pm and still can wear your sunglasses ๐Ÿ˜ŽDSCN7581

 

We leave Vancouver for our long long trek to Alaska. We will head to
Dawson Creek, BC (730 miles from Burnaby RV, near Vancouver). We won’t be stopping to sightsee on this portion. Our first night we stay for free at 108 Mile Heritage Site/Rest Area. Pretty view of the heritage site and there is a restroom at rest area. Make sure to park closer to the road which is the rest area, because you can’t overnight in the Heritage Site parking.

 


The next day we drive to Prince George and stay for free at the Walmart.
Prince George has all the amenities you would need. Walking distance from Walmart is Petland, Home Depot, Tim Hortons and more. We get gas at Costco โ›ฝ๏ธ and do some shopping. Our third day we drive to Chetwynd and stay for free at the visitor center, just call ahead and ask. Chetwynd has wood carved statues throughout the town and they are pretty cool. You can get a map at the visitor center.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE MILEPOST (mile by mile highway log)

Tomorrow we will have a hour drive to Dawson Creek, where we will stay for 2 nights at Mile 0 Campground โ›บ๏ธ with FHU, wifi, no cable. They do have showers and laundry. Very basic but will do for 2 nights. We paid $43.00. (Canadian) each night which included taxes. We stop at the visitor center, and get some travel info. The girls there came out and took our picture in front of the Alaska sign which is right there.DSCN7360
Next door to visitor center stop by the art gallery, some nice stuff inside and on third floor is some history of Alaska Highway.DSCN7364

Our second day we stop downtown and take picture of the Alaska Post.DSCN7366

I wanted to visit the Alaska Highway House, which is suppose to great. It tells the whole story of the Alaska Highway. They were not open, but I would suggest to check, as it sounds very informative. Also right in town is Tubbys RV and wash. They have truck size car wash, so we were able to drive in the RV and Jeep together. It cost us about 20.00 US to wash.
So now we begin the long journey from mile 0 of the Alaska highway. The first 613 miles of the Alaska Highway are in British Columbia .DSCN7384

We stop in Pink Mountain, at milepost 175 to Buckinghorse River lodge about 3 hrs from Dawson Creek. We get โ›ฝ๏ธ gas here and you can also boondock here. I had called ahead to verify. There is also a restaurant which was closed today. We decide since it was only 1:30 to go further so we drive to Fort Nelson and boondocked on frontage road in front of the IGA grocery store. By nightfall there were about 6 or 7 RVs here.
Once you leave Fort Nelson cell phone is pretty much non existent until Watson Lake, so if you have calls to make or let someone know where you will be , do it before leaving Fort Nelson.
Today once out of Fort Nelson (make sure you have gasโ›ฝ๏ธ as there are only a few along the way) the scenery is beautiful. We saw so much wildlife today. 2 black ๐Ÿป bears and a moose ,that unfortunately couldn’t pull over to take pictures. Then saw lots of caribou, Dali sheep, stone sheep just walking in the highway.

 

You will also come to Summit Pass (The highest point on the Alaska Highway at 4250 feet) You are now in bear country. Stunning views of the Northern Rockies all around.

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We stopped to get a cinnamon roll at the Testa River Services and Campground. Where they also have a small gift shop, gas, and campground.

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Muncho Lake,DSCN7420

we stopped at Northern Rockie Lodge to get gas, here they also have a campground right on the absolutely beautiful Muncho Lake, which was still partially frozen.DSCN7435

Finally after 190 miles and about 4 1/2 hours driving (includes gas stops) we arrive at Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park.
Roads were fine so far.
This is one of the favorite stops on Alaska Highway, and second largest Hot Springs in Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆDSCN7460

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If coming in summer probably need reservations. It is dry camping only, they do have potable water though. The cost is $26.00. (Canadian) and cash only. The sites are all back in and large and lots of room between sites. Each site also has picnic table and fire pit ๐Ÿ”ฅ , and you get to use the hot springs.

DSCN7454 It is about a 10 minute walk down a boardwalk.DSCN7467

There is a moose (she was born here so used to people but don’t approach) and bears. No bears yet, they said the bears usually come in July during berry season. Pretty area by hot springs and quite relaxing. 10:30 pm and still light out.
Absolutely no cell service here.

Tomorrow off to Watson Lake, Yukon. Drive 130 miles to Watson Lake , about 2 1/2 hrs and no cell service until we reach Watson Lake, Yukon. Saw lots of bisonDSCN7473

and 2 black bears.

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DSCN7476Gas at Contact Creek mile 135.9 , 40 miles South of Watson Lake, gas is cheaper. We stay at Downtown RV in Watson Lake, basically a parking lot for 48.00 Canadian, but FHU, laundry,showers and a RV wash ($ 2.00 per 4 minutes). I believe you can boondock by Visitor Center.
Off to see the Sign Post Forest ๐ŸŒณ ,very cool. It was started by a homesick US army GI from Danville, IL in 1942 and now about 90,000 signs. Of course we came prepared to represent our hometown. Bring your own sign or can get one at Visitor Center, where they also have hammer and nails.DSCN7480


Bob is on a roll and we drive all the way from Watson Lake to Whitehorse, about 270 miles, total of 6 hours with stops. NO Verizon service at all until reach Teslin and then Whitehorse area. Roads are pretty good except 85 miles north of Watson Lake and for about 60 miles, just go slow, some bumps and frost heaves.. along the way we stopped at Johnson Crossing for the yummy ๐Ÿ‘… cinnamon buns ($5.00 each) . In Teslin we get โ›ฝ๏ธ gas after we cross the Nisutlin Bay Bridge which is the longest 7 arch bridge on Alaska Highway.DSCN7523

We boondock at Walmart in Whitehorse and do some shopping. There is also gas station with dump and propane, Starbucks, MacDonalds,Canadian Tire right there.
Leaving Whitehorse roads are good for a while outside Whitehorse as we head to Beaver Creek, Yukon the last town in Yukon. It is a 5 1/2 hour drive plus about 2 hours stop time and nap time.DSCN7543

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After Whitehorse we have no cell service until Haines Junction and then no service again till Tok, Alaska. We were gonna stay at Congdon Creek Campground ($12.00) in Destruction Bay on Kluane Lake, but lake still frozen so we will stop here on way back. This Kluane Lake area is stunning drive

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ลand we see some wildlife, and some horses and pony, hope to spend more time on way home.

Roads are a bit bumpy around Haines Junction area to Beaver Creek, just be careful.

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We didn’t care for Beaver Creek and no where to boondock so we continue and go thru customs (got thru in just few minutes). We stop for the Welcome to Alaska sign

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We made it

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(nice pullout) Alaska/Yukon bench and take some pictures.

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DSCN7577We are tired now so we continue just few miles and find a pullout to boondock for the night. Change your clocks โŒš๏ธ as Alaska is 1 hour behind Pacific time. It’s 10:30 and still have my ๐Ÿ•ถ sunglasses on.
Just 1 hour from where we pulled off we arrive in Tok, Alaska, which is mile 1313 of the Alaska Highway. We will finish Alaska Highway on our way home in Mid July. We lunch at Fast Eddys in Tok, it was good, and get gas at Tesoro (3.39). If you fill up on gas here, you can get free RV wash, water and dump and then boondock in the back.
We were gonna do this but we did so much driving the last few days we decide to go to Sourdough โ›บ๏ธ Campground for 2 nights to relax. Very nice people and very quiet.
We paid 45.00 total each night (Good Sam rate), for FHU, pull thru, laundry, showers and RV wash ($).
Now off on the supposed dreaded Tok Cutoff. It wasn’t as bad as I expected, kinda like Chicago winters, potholes, etc. there are lots of dips, frost heaves potholes especially mile marker 48-38 so go slow. It was like a roller coaster ride.

IMG_9718 Got gas at Tesoro at Junction 1 & 4 Glenallen. We head on the Richardson Highway to Valdez. It is a beautiful drive

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DSCN7588and roads are good.there is still lots of snow on the mountains.Wanted to stop at Worthington Glacier Area, but closed. There are pullout around mile 29 and 30 for views. Drive thru Keystone Canyon

and there are pullouts for Bridal Veil Falls and Horsetail Falls.

As certain points along the drive you can see the pipeline but no pullouts. Thompson Pass, mile 26, is the highest point and it was foggy and โ˜”๏ธ raining we could barely see out the window.

DSCN7602It took us 5 1/2 hours from Tok to Valdez.

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We stay at Bayside RV Park in Valdez. Ask for the Rving to Alaska special rate, they also have military discount. Rich and his wife Jo are very nice, and the showers are individual and great. Also laundry, FHU, pull thrus., Wifi, Cable. We choose a middle row site and the views are stunning surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, boats

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DSCN7760We end up extending our stay . This is also where Rich feeds the Eagles ๐Ÿฆ…

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each evening until mid June, it is awesome to see and a must do.

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Here are a few things we did in Valdez, such a picturesque and charming town, surrounded by mountains and water.

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Walked to the Harbor and shops.
Road past cemetery is Dayville Road, take that to the Salmon Gulch Fish Hatchery, self guided tour. We saw some otters. In summer will see salmon and the bears.


Airport Road to Valdez Glacier Lake, beautiful views. Unfortunately it was cloudy but on a clear sunny day I imagine the water ๐Ÿ’ฆ is so pretty.

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Mineral Creek Road (need 4 wheel drive),

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but so fun and saw bear and mountain goats. Still snow on side of road but road was clear but tons of potholes.

It is a 6 mile road, we only did about 3 miles.

Views outstanding.


Dinner at Alaska Halibut House was very good, we had Prawn ๐Ÿค and Halibut combo and would recommend.
Kelsey Dock ( this is where ferry comes in) , great views and great place to fish or have picnic ๐Ÿœ.

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There is dog park nearby, so we take the poochies ๐Ÿถ.
Stop to take pictures at the very picturesque harbor and then drive to Old Town Valdez, there is a few plaques to read. This is where earthquake in 1964 , most powerful ever recorded in North America. The entire town was then moved 4 miles to its present site. Then we took the road (dirt road) by baseball fields and drove down till ended. This is suppose to be where you may see bears, we didn’t see any. On way home next to Duck Flats there is a pullout and here across the road is where we see mama and three babies, so awesome to see.

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Few more friends we met in Valdez.

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Watched ๐Ÿฆ… Eagle feeding each night as you never tire of this.
Stop at Visitor Center to get map, each thing we did is on a ๐Ÿ—บ map or just ask Rich at Bayside, he told us about most of these.DSCN7939
Also recommended are the Lulu Belle Cruise and Stan Stephen Cruise, but we are doing that while in Seward.
Love Valdez and would recommend it. ๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ โค๏ธ

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Now off towards Palmer , leaving Valedez some construction has started to Glenallen just go slow. Marked loose gravel. Gas at Tesoro in Glenallen is a little cheaper than in Valdez. Headed towards Palmer on the Glenn Highway the road is very good. We stop at Mile 102.2 and eat yummy burgers and opinion rings at the Long Rifle Lodge.

Cute rustic restaurant with great views of Matanuska Glacier.

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You can park across the street by the green dumpsters if you don’t want to go down the steep driveway.

At mile 101 is Matanuska Glacier State Rec Area also great views of the glacier. Here you can also dry camp in parking lot for $10.00 ๐Ÿ’ฐย cash. There is a self registration board.

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Next morning we drive 1 hour to Big Bear ๐Ÿปย RV in Palmer. Good Sam W/E 36.00, Wifi,dump,laundry, showers, level gravel site with grass for dogs.

Safe travels ๐ŸŒŽ

 

 

5 thoughts on “ALASKA, HERE WE COME ! Vancouver to Dawson Creek, BC- Mile 0 Alaska Highway to Tok, AK- Mile 1313 And Picturesque Valdez, Ak and off to Palmer

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  1. Beautiful photo’s….brings back all the memories of our trip back in 2012. Might just have to do this again !!! Have fun !

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  2. Loved every picture you sent. The eagles and bears are beautiful, I really liked the last bear picture. It looked like Mama Bear was talking to you and saying” leave my babies alone”
    How has the RV been behaving.? Seems like it is serving you well ! Looking forward to your next travel log.

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