Thursday, March 22, 2012

Route to Deadhorse

Here's an interactive map where you can zoom in and out of my planned route to Alaska.


I'm planning on going from Dawson Creek, BC, Canada along the Alaska Highway but I'm willing to take detours along the way to see interesting places.  I will be passing Fort St. John, Goguka Creek Provincial Park,  Fort Nelson, Parker Lake, Stone Mountain Provincial Park, Muncho Lake Provincial Park, Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park, Watson Lake, Johnsons Crossing, and then Whitehorse.

The group planning the Tenere gathering will be taking tours around the area during the days we are there.   I will have the opportunity to see other roads not on my route while in Whitehorse.

I will post the map for the return trip later.
 

10 comments:

  1. Looks like fun. In your last post you mentioned stopping in Prince George, BC on your way back.

    When we moved to BC in 1976 (I was 4) we moved to Fort St. James on the edge of Stuart Lake just Northwest of Prince George. Now that was culture shock - no running hot water in the house. Beautiful area if I remember right. We were only there 1 year before moving to Southern BC.

    You are going to have so much fun.

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    1. I hope so, I've heard so much about this part of Canada.
      I might hit the Washington and northern Oregon on the way back, haven't settled on the return.

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    2. Now that would be cool. Would be great to meet up with you somewhere.

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  2. Holy balls George, that's one hell of a ride. If you get up that far, maybe you could fine Sarah Palin's house. I hear you can see Russia from there, maybe you could skip the water to the other side, ride Russia and circle the world

    Seriously, though, that's a big trip. I envy you.

    Brady
    Behind Bars

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    1. Ha ha, I might stop to see her. I wish I could go around the world.

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  3. George:

    From Calgary north to Prince George there is only one road and you will have lots to see, and pull over for photos when you can. I know you can't stop at every scenic viewpoint but I will mention a few:

    1) Peyto Lake. There is a viewpoint where you can view one of the blue-est lakes around. we were there in a July and we got some snow.
    2) Lake Louise, from the parking lot walk around the hotel and snap a shot of that famous scene with the glacier behind.
    3) Columbia Glacier. Ride that little road that goes to the Glacier and look at the markers which show where the glacier was in past years. It shows you how much it has receded

    You may wish to stay overnight at Jasper, and take the side trip to
    4) Maligne Lake There is a slot canyon open during the summer, as in the winter it is full of raging water. There used to be a photo of Maligne Lake on the reverse of our previous Canadian $5. bill. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the Rockies. You may see wild Goats and BigHorn sheep on the road, like we did

    the reason I mentioned about stoping in Jasper for the night is because the next morning you will be passing the highest Peak in the Rockies --> Mount Robson, and besides there is no other place to stay from there to Prince George, unless you backtrack south to Valemont.

    Oh, another thing, we got caught without fuel. Always refuel in the evening while the gas station is open. Most open at 10am which will give you a late start. gas stations do not open all night

    OH OH, I just enlarged your map. You are missing the whole Canadian Rockies and the Icefields Parkway by entering BC at Dawson Creek. You are coming all this way and missing all the scenery . . .

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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    1. I wont't be going up that way. I will be coming down from Prince George through Jasper and Banff on the return. Is it worth going to Calgary? Because I really want to come south to Columbia Falls so I can cross Glacier NP.
      I will look into the other spots you mention.

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  4. George:

    I would wait for Sonja to chime in but I would bypass Calgary and head to the Kananaskis and south down Hwy40, it is only open 5 months a year as they don't want to interfere with wildlife migration routes. It is the highest maintained road in Canada through Packwood Pass. you continue south down to Pincher creek, then south into Montana. You will go through Glacier National Park from the East through St Mary's . Just before you reach the junction (ST Mary's there is an excellent cafe on your right, otherwise you will be paying the big bucks, as St Mary's isn't cheap). Going this way also gives you the Option of visiting Waterton NP (which is Glacier NP on the Cdn Side). It's a shame you have to double back the same way as you arrived. If you went to Glacier on your way west and north through the Rockies, then you could have taken different more motorcycle friendly roads south. You are basically missing all of our BC scenery

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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    1. Yea, I think I will go down Hwy 40 but then it runs into hwy 3, do I go west or east? I'm thinking west to Sparwood then south until I'm again on Hwy 93 which will take me to Columbia Falls.
      Do you think it would be better to back track to 93 from Kananaskis to go down 93 and pass Kootenay NP?

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  5. George:

    sorry for my enthusiasm. I wanted so much to steer you to some of our best BC roads, I'm just disappointed, so I'll keep quiet

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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