YOUR GATEWAY TO ADVENTURE
LEARN ABOUT THE ROUTES YOU MAY TRAVEL
Choose your Route
The Alaska Highway is renowned as one of the most scenic drives in the Province of BC and is a “must see” of any circle tour through the region. Northern BC is the place to drive in summer for long daylight hours, unspoiled wilderness and unlimited fishing, hiking and outdoor enjoyment. Your trip along Highway 97 will offer stunning scenery and historic towns with many stops along the way.
In the 1870’s with the discovery of gold, thousands of ‘stampeders’ made their way north. By 1898-99, Dawson City, at the junction of the Yukon and Klondike rivers, became home to 40,000 people and grew into the largest city west of Winnipeg. Though many made fortunes, few newcomers arrived in time to stake claims. During the height of the gold rush, the Canadian government set up basic administrative structures in the Yukon. The Royal Northwest Mounted Police not only served as law enforcers but customs officers, postmasters and welfare officers in the new territory.
With the tallest mountains, the largest area of national parklands, the highest concentration of glaciers and the longest stretch of coastline in the United States. Alaska – a place of magnificence.
Alaska is the largest state in the United States and is more than twice the size of Texas. As America’s young state, Alaska became the 49th state on January 3, 1959 under unique circumstances.
For those traveling to the Yukon and/or Alaska, Highway 16 / 37 offers an alternate route from the Alaska Highway. Much less used than the Alaska Highway, it offers very different scenery (not better or worse, just different), making it perfect as part of a circle route.
It is 132 miles shorter than going by the Alaska Highway, but that doesn’t translate into a 2+ hour saving in time, as there are still gravel sections, and much of the highway has many more curves and hills than the Alaska Highway, so your average speed is much less.
The Scenic Route
Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies comprises a vast wilderness area of Alberta province defined by glaciers, lakes and peaks like 11,033 ft. high Mount Edith Cavell. The Icefields Parkway, a road from the town of Jasper, passes subalpine forest and the immense Columbia Icefield. Outdoor activities like hiking, camping and skiing are popular. Native wildlife includes elk, moose, bighorn sheep and bears.