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North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse July 16th 2011

July 16, 2011 WHITEHORSE TO DESTRUCTION BAY Shortly after leaving Whitehorse we began seeing the majesty and grandeur of the highest mountains in Yukon. They rose on our left and became more magnificent as we approached Haines Junction and the Visitors Centre for Kluane National Park. In the Centre we learned about the highest peak in Canada, Mt. Logan, which towers up to 19,550 ft. It is in such an isolated section of the park only the hardiest adventurers will ever see it. There are massive icefields and glaciers in the park, the smaller of which can be seen from the highway. Several of our fellow-travelers saw grizzlies today, but all we saw were little ground-squirrels. Destruction Bay is on the west side of Kluane Lake where it was originally a construction camp for the building ... read more
2011-07-16 - Dwain getting the facts about Kluane Lake

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse July 15th 2011

July 15, 2011 SKAGWAY TO WHITEHORSE Before leaving Skagway we had opportunity to do a little shopping (for souvenirs) and visit a few more points of interest around town. Our drive out of Skagway took us UP the long 9% grade that we came down on our way into town and across the border into Canada again. We were able to catch a few more interesting pictures of glacier fed lakes. The wildflowers along the roadside were also a beautiful sight. I kept looking for a photo opportunity with masses of wildflowers in the foreground and the mountains behind, but trees kept getting in the way! In Whitehorse the group was scheduled to attend the “Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue” but we chose to skip that and have a quiet evening in our “home away from home”. ... read more
2011-07-15 - Emerald Lake along the road to Whitehorse
2011-07-15 - Tutshi  Lake showing the different coloured water created by glacier run off.
2011-07-15 -  Whitehorse - all lined up in the park

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse July 5th 2011

We took two days to drive from Watson Lake to Whitehorse. The trip is beautiful, it dips in and out of British Columbia and we had hoped to get some cell phone connections but had no luck. We stopped in Teslin because Betty wanted to buy a book by an author whose home is there; and because the rhubarb pie is reportedly world renown. I’ll leave her to comment on the book but I can say that the rhubarb pie was very good! Teslin is home to the Tlingit Indians (pronounced Klingit.) Teslin Lake is HUGE and we skirted it for a long time, staying overnight in the Yukon Territory Park called “Teslin Lake.” On our way from Teslin Lake to Whitehorse we passed the turn off for Atlin, and were sad that the side-trip that ... read more
Tlingit Museum
The Famous Whitehorse Restaurant

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse July 2nd 2011

Whitehorse, Yukon, 2 juillet Pas mal de route depuis trois jours! Parti d'Anchorage mercredi soir, je suis maintenant à Whitehorse, Yukon, plus de 1500 km plus loin. Mes attentes face au parc Denali furent pour le moins refroidies. Un temps maussade, l'impossibilité d'entrer dans le parc avec la voiture, un horaire de navettes qui ne faisait pas trop mon bonheur, bref, j'ai dû renoncer... Mais, au moins, un petit trou dans les nuages m'a permis de voir le sommet du McKinley et j'ai respecté ma promesse de me prosterner devant cette grandiose montagne. De là, un petit arrêt à Fairbanks, deuxième ville de l'Alaska, de laquelle j'avoue qu'il y a peu à dire. J'ai donc filé vers le Yukon et entré au Canada (le 1er juillet, quel timing!) par la "top of the world highway", passant ... read more
Mont McKinley
Delta junction, Alaska
Taylor highway, Alaska

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse June 30th 2011

Tomorrow - off to Alaska....Haines, our first stop. We will still be in Canada for July 1-Canada Day, but will be back in America for July 4th! Yay! The last several days in Whitehorse have given us the opportunity to tour the city, provision for the next few days, do laundry, clean the RV, talk to folks coming and going to Alaska to compare notes and get pointers. On our first day of touring, we were told at the Visitor Center that we were here for the start of the Yukon River Quest, a 740 km/460 mile paddling race from Whitehorse to Dawson City. There were over 70 canoes and kayaks at the starting line, some with only one paddler and some with as many as ten paddlers, all hyped up for the race! The riverbanks ... read more
Downtown Trolley
Ross and Linda
Yukon Quest Canoe & Kayak Race

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse June 28th 2011

Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon territory, largest city in the Yukon with population of around 25,000 - half of all the people who live in the Yukon. This is so believable as we have been in towns with only 492 people recently. We actually found a Wal-Mart. Whitehorse was named because the early settlers called the Yukon's rapids "whitehorses," thinking that the rapids looked like the mane of white horses. This explains why our Brit friends call white caps "whitehorses." OK, that makes sense. I'm not sure I ever knew why we called them white caps! We plan to be here for several days, so tomorrow is a "see-the-city" day. This will be our last provisioning city before we enter Alaska. We are trying to learn what we can take back into America. Seems strange to ... read more

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse June 27th 2011

Wednesday, 27th July We had a late start from Watson Lake & I was a little worried about the 450km drive ahead. But we seemed to catch up when it was raining & managed to stop at many interesting places before reaching Whitehorse, YT. We entered YT for the first time. Four yrs ago, we had a view of the Yukon river on our way to the Arctic Circle(in Alaska).That was all we had known about Yukon. Our first stop was at the Contintental Divide. This divide separates the rivers that flow W(all rivers join Yukon river) to the Bering Sea from those that flow N into the Arctic Ocean(joins Mackenzie river). Our next major stop was at Tesli... read more
The river-really blue-green
Bound to take rest after running around so much
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North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse June 19th 2011

We left Beaver Creek on another cold and wet morning and headed off to Whitehorse. It was a full day on the bus but we made a stop at . It was a town of 800 people but they had an amazing amount of facilities there. There was a convention centre and a curling rink so weddings and sport was well catered for. We had some tasty turkey and salad sandwiches in the convention centre hall and then headed off down to check out the visitor’s centre and bakery at the other end of town. Later in the day (around 4:00pm) we arrived at a place called Uncommon Journeys. This is a place where you can learn to manage a sled dog team and go mushing. The owner there gave us a ... read more

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse June 17th 2011

Hey, My time up in Whitehorse has come to an end. I had five amazing weeks of great working, amazing travels and meeting awesome people. I have actually being back in Toronto now for a few days, already started back at the big Hospital Downtown. Thought i would write a concluding entry regarding my great trip up to the beautiful North. My last three weeks were very busy i worked a lot and whenever i was not working i was travelling, mostly to Alaska. Work was just getting to the point where i was beginning to get the flow and learn how they do things. I had my fair share of jumping out of bed, withdrawing patients and even a few really sick ones. I am definitely not going to miss the crazy agitated withdrawing patient’s ... read more
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North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse June 15th 2011

Watson Lake was a very little town just over the border from BC. We stayed the night here and unfortunately I had one killer migraine. BJ spent the night uploading the last blog and choosing photos to publish with it while I slept and tried to get rid of the headache. In the morning we gassed up and headed out to find the Signpost Forest. This is the BIG attraction to Watson Lake. It all began in 1942 when a homesick solider posted a sign with the mileage to his hometown on the marker in town, after that a tradition began. What started with a few signs has now grown to a collection of signs and oddities that number over 55,000. There are street signs and town signs from Germany, Switzerland, Australia, and America… almost any ... read more
Sign Post Forest
SS Klondike

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