HAINES & SKAGWAY, GOODBYE BEAUTIFUL ALASKA 🐟 🐻 Heading down the Cassier Hwy to Stewart, BC and Hyder, Alaska

After leaving Delta Junction, the end of the Alaska Highway and enjoying 77 beautiful days in Alaska we head to Tok. Here we stop at the Tesoro ⛽️ gas station fill up, then they offer free RV wash, dump and water. You can also boondock there. Now we are hungry so head to Fast Eddies in town and eat some lunch before heading towards the Canadian border. We boondocked around Mile 1228, about 1 hour past Tok.

The road to Tok was good, after Tok and 20 miles past Beaver Creek, Yukon there was lots of construction, which led to long lines at customs. We drove to
Congdon Creek Campground by Destruction Bay

on beautiful Lake Kluane.

Nice spots on Lake but all were taken, but nice shaded spots also. $12.00 Canadian, includes firewood. We walked by the lake, the dogs loved it. Would recommend this Campground.
The next day we stopped in Haines Junction for gas and also stopped at the Da Ku Cultural Center/Visitor Center, very nice. Then onto the Haines Highway towards Haines.

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The Haines Highway would turn out to be one of my favorite drives so far. The road is in great condition except around Mile 13 there is construction and pilot car will lead you through. The highway has spectacular views with lots of wildflowers and just beautiful.

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We did see a bear and a lynx on the drive.

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We spend the night at Kathleen Lake ⛺️ Campground. It is $15.70 Canadian and worth every penny.

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Very nice sites and can walk down to the day use area, where Kathleen Lake is and it is stunning.

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Definitely recommend.

Back on Haines Highway, it’s about 3 hours to Haines.

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You will cross back into BC, then onto Alaska. Must go thru customs. We were going to stop for lunch at 33 Mile Roadhouse (Mile 33) for their famous burgers, but no RV parking for large motorhomes. A small RV with no toad would be ok. You will also pass thru the Eagle Preserve along the highway.

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There are about 300 resident πŸ¦… Eagles and at times there are thousands.


We check into Oceanside RV and the views are amazing.

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It’s $36.00 (Good Sam rate) FHU. They also have dry camping. There’s is laundry and shower also available. They pack you in but the views make up for it.

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After setting up we drive about 4 miles to the Alaska State Marine ferry to get tickets for ferry β›΄ to Skagway. We have been blessed with beautiful weather and again sunny and 80′, and views of the Lynn Canal, largest fjord in North America. We walk to the downtown shops, there are a few grocery stores and walk towards the cruise ships where there are a few more shops.

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In the evening we attend the Southeast Alaska State Fair at the fairgrounds.

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Admission was $15.00, we listened to some music, shopped the crafts and ate some food.
Off for some exploring, first drove thru the Historic Fort Seward Site (now mostly private residences),

Haines Packing Co,

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and Chilkat State Park, also a cute gallery along the way on Mud Bay Road. That evening we drove 10 miles to Chilkoot River and Lake to look for bears feeding on salmon. This is a top spot for bear viewing. First we saw a bear at the 🐟 fish wier

where it then jumped in the water looking for salmon. Then near the bridge we saw mama and 3 babies walking around.

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DSCN2088This was so awesome to see. Also a dog, started chasing them, luckily the mama was very patient.

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Bob also tried fishing here, but no luck.

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There is no internet service, so we stopped at the library to catch up on emails and planning. I could sit here and watch those views everyday, it’s stunning.

Today is our first β›΄ ferry ride with the RV.

 

We are headed to Skagway only about an hour away. Dogs have to stay in the RV, and you cannot. We paid $250.00 for RV, Jeep, 2 adults and 2 dogs. Very easy getting off once in Skagway and then about 1 minute drive to Pullen RV park, water and electric, but they have dump and showers.
Walked next door to Pullen Creek, huge Salmon.

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Bob fished for awhile, nobody caught anything.

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For dinner we walked down the street to Skagway Fish Co, it was delicious and I would recommend.

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We shared a few plates,🍀 peel and eat shrimp, French Onion Soup (so good) steak and crab leg, πŸ˜‹ yummy.

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Skagway is an authentic Gold Rush Town from 1898, very cute downtown area with lots of shops. The big drawback here is it is a major cruise ship stop, there were always three or four large ships at once. This meant the small downtown areas has thousands of people at once.

Make sure to stop at Red Onion Saloon (1898)

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and you can even visit the Brothel Museum. Also the Artic Brotherhood Hall(1900) made of driftwood. Glad we made the stop here, but way to many people.

Now we head up the Klondike Highway with our first stop in the town of Carcross. Cute little shopping area at Carcross Commons and the oldest General Store in the Yukon.

DSCN2415We make a stop at the Carcross Desert, smallest desert in the world, although technically not a desert,

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DSCN2423We had a picnic overlooking the lake and then headed for Tagish Road (good road) which will lead you back to Alaska Highway near Teslin. We stopped for the night at Teslin Lake Government Campground, $12.00 (CAD), nice but nothing special.
Next morning we stop in Teslin for ⛽️ gas and propane. We fill up with gas again at the Alaska Highway/ Cassier Highway (rte 37) Junction. If taking Cassier make sure to fill up as there are few gas stations on the way and NO cell service at all. We spend our first night at the Boya Lake Provincial Park (53 miles from Junction)

and its beautiful blue water. It is $20.00 (CAD) and worth it. Unfortunately the Lake spots were taken but the shaded sites were very nice and spacious . You can also rent
πŸ›Ά canoes and kayaks.

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The skies are hazy and there are wildfires nearby.
Along the way today we make a stop at Jade City, 90% of this jade comes from Cassier Mountains.

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Next stop Dease Lake to fill up on gas, and there is also grocery store here inside gas station. Ten miles past Dease Lake is some construction and this is where we get a chip on RV windshield as a trucker flew by. We also saw a bear on side of road. We stop for the night at Mountain Shadow RV in Iskut. It was 42.00 (CAD) for water/electric and they also have a dump. You also get 1 free hour of wifi, which was nice. Beautiful mountain views and peaceful.

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Met a young couple headed to Alaska so passed on our Tour Saver and Northern Lights Coupon books to them.

Off we go on the Cassier, in no hurry

DSCN2502and stop for 2 nights, as what would be one of our favorites. Mezidian Lake Provincial Park. First we stopped at Mezidian Junction for gas, just down the road from the park. There are lakefront spots and upper level are non water sites. Unfortunately first night we didn’t get Waterfront, but 2nd night we did. The waterfront sites are great and make you want to stay awhile.

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It is 22.00 (CAD) non waterfront and 26.00 (CAD) waterfront which includes electric. We also met 2 RVing to Alaska couples who we had seen back in Anchorage. There was a grizzly in the park earlier walking around. We drove to the Mezidian Fish Ladder a few miles from the park.

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It was awesome to see an authentic fish camp and learn how they fish. He even caught a salmon as we were there.

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Also neat to see the fish trying jump over.

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Off the Cassier, via Highway 37A, about an hour from Mezidian, we head to the small towns of Stewart, BC

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and Hyder, Alaska, yes one more piece of Alaska tucked away in the corner of BC.

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Along the way you will see 🐻 Bear Glacier , one of the few roadside glaciers in the world. We check into Bear River RV in Stewart for 2 night. Good Sam rate of 41.30 (CAD) for full hookups, wifi, showers, laundry. They also have a very nice indoor RV wash. After setting up we drive into downtown Stewart, one shop, few restaurants, 2 small grocery stores and then into Hyder, Alaska to eat at the bus.

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Yummy fish and chips. Make sure to bring passports with. You don’t need Passport to enter Alaska, but will need it to get back into British Columbia.
This morning a very nice RV neighbor gave us their pass for Fish Creek Observation Site .

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To visit Fish Creek it’s 5.00 per person for one day or 10.00 for 3 day pass. You can come and go as much as you want in the same day. We head there around noon, no bears but lots of salmon.

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Now we head on the gravel road about 20 miles to Salmon Glacier,

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definitely worth the drive, it’s beautiful even on a cloudy day.

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DSCN2683There is a picnic table here you could have lunch looking at the glacier. On the way back we stop again at Fish Creek, again no bears. After dinner, around 8:00pm drove back to Fish Creek, no luck ☹️, no bears 🐻
Since we have time before we have to be in Jasper , Alberta on the 16th, we decide to go back to Mezidian Lake Provincial Park for 2 nights if we can get water Site. Yeah, we were able to and even though first day it rained the whole day, I mean the whole day it was still peaceful and beautiful.

Our second day was perfect weather, sunny and 80 degrees. Bob fished 🐟 and I just hung out. Again the water sites are 27.00 (CAD) with electric.

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There are now over 500 wildfires burning in BC, lots due to lightening. We drive 3 1/2 hours. In Smithers we gas up, they also have a Safeway grocery store here. We spend the night outside Smithers at Typhee Provincial Park, 27.00 (CAD) and has free showers. We drive back into Smithers to grocery shop and walk the Main Street downtown, with few shops.
Well today, August 12th, marks one year since we started this fabulous journey. From Tyhee Provincial Park we head towards Fraser Lake. We make a stop at the Houston Visitor Center to see the worlds largest free standing fly rod.

DSCN2791 Originally we were gonna spend the night at White Swan Municipal Campground in Fraser Lake, which is free for 2 nights, unfortunately the wildfires and smoke was so bad here we couldn’t stay,

DSCN2799 so we drove all the way to Prince George and overnight at Walmart, where we shopped and then walked to Tim Hortons for some β˜•οΈ coffee and doughnuts 🍩
We did some more shopping and got gas ⛽️ at Costco in Prince George, then we went back to Walmart, where across the street at Chatters Salon, I got a haircut and perm. The smoke and haze today is terrible , there is soot all over the car, RV and inside RV.
Leaving Prince George all the way to Mt Robson Provincial Park, about 3 1/2 hr drive, there is smoke and haze in the sky.

DSCN2789We will overnight at Mt Robson Provincial Park at the Robson Meadows Campground for 2 nights. There are 125 sites here and is 28.00 (CAD) per night, dry camping, but they do have showers. Down the road is the visitor center, cafe, gas station and gift shop. Unfortunately due to the smoke we can’t even see Mt Robson, hopefully tomorrow .
Drove to the bridge at Fraser River Canyon, beautiful.

DSCN2809Then to the parking area for the very popular Berg Trail (overnight hike to beautiful lake), which we did not do.

DSCN2822Off to Overlander Falls , a short trail to very pretty falls.

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Back at the campground we took the dogs 🐢 for a walk in the nature trail to the river and hung out.

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Goodbye beautiful Alaska and British Columbia, such memories ❀️

Off we go towards Jasper, Alberta, staying at the Hinton KOA, about 1 1/2 hr drive.

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  1. Really look forward to all of your pictures and stories. So beautiful. Each of those rivers looked like they were ‘roaring’ and big wave. Thank you for sharing

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