North to Alaska 2019 Group G (Gold Rush Route)

NORTH TO ALASKA

Circuit Leader
Linda Williamson, (604) 855-3049
Co-circuit leader: Paula Chavez, (805) 863-1140

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO– reservations are advisable, and often required, at the Provincial Parks and other locations on this circuit.  Please carefully review the itinerary and make your own reservations. Canada is a different country and you will need a passport to cross the border.  If you have animals check to see what requirements there are to bring them across the border.  While in Canada make sure you know where you can get fuel, and know that it is very expensive and sold by the liter.  Since Canada has its own currency you may have to pay cash in campgrounds and gas stations.  They rarely take American credit cards, and if you use one make sure it does not have a foreign transaction fee.  Canada has its own currency.  Make sure your phone plan includes Canada, some do not and some charge extra.


Valdez, AK

July 18, 2019 to July 22, 2019
Activity Ideas

Glacier cruise in the fjords. Canada Day is July 1. Bald Eagle feeding at Bayside Campground before the Salmon run. . Go hiking in the Chugach National Forest.

Parking Location

Allison Point Campground, (907) 835-2282 or (907) 255-0737 or(907) 835 2531 for current information, (reservations.allisonpoint@gmail.com), Dayville Road, 15 miles south of Valdez, AK, 51 sites with great views scattered along Dayville Road, max RV length 45’, $20/night dry, potable water on site, no dump. Valdez Glacier Campground, Glacier Lake Campground Road, offers boon docking under the Valdez Glacier.

Directions and Other Information
GPS Coordinates

61.08642, -146.34287Click on link to see Google Map


Slana, AK

July 22, 2019 to July 24, 2019
Activity Ideas

Visit Wrangell-St. Elias National Park via Nabesna

Parking Location

Porcupine Creek State Recreation Site (907) 822-3973, Glennallen, AK,

Directions and Other Information
GPS Coordinates

62.72676, -143.86846Click on link to see Google Map


Tok, AK

July 24, 2019 to July 25, 2019
Hosts

No hosts needed, overnight stop only.

Activity Ideas

Relax and refresh.

Parking Location

Young’s Chevron Service, (907) 883-5835, Alaska Highway and East 4th Street, off AK2. 25 spaces, dump station, propane, travel store, water and dump free with fill up. Park behind station. Plenty of room for large rigs. Verizon service is marginal. Car/RV wash $3/10 minutes. Northern Energy Tesoro, boon docking, water, dump, and do-it-yourself car/RV wash all free with fill-up. No stay limit. West of junction SR-1 & SR-2. Small parking lot. Propane available. Good ATT. Laundry & showers at Tundra RV Park next door.

Directions and Other Information

Border Crossing at Port Alcan

GPS Coordinates

63.33492, -142.98645Click on link to see Google Map


Destruction Bay, YT

July 25, 2019 to July 27, 2019
Activity Ideas

Visit Kluane National Park and Reserve to see bears and eagles. Commemorate your visit with a photo in front of the Haines Junction Village Monument, “the muffin.” .” Go fishing and kayaking in Kluane Lake

Parking Location

Congdon Creek Campground, Yukon 1, Destruction Bay, YT (867) 667-5648.

Directions and Other Information

Water, picnic tables, and restrooms. Campfires are allowed.

GPS Coordinates

61.149601, -138.556849Click on link to see Google Map


Haines, AK

July 27, 2019 to August 1, 2019
Activity Ideas

Haines offers great hiking and kayaking, view Bald Eagles at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in October, visit the Kroschel Films Wildlife Center, raft or kayak the Chilkoot River, and kayak Chilkoot Lake. Drive to Chilkat State Park for a view of the glaciers. There is an abundance of wildlife to view in this area including bears. Visit Fort Seward, one of the last military bases built in Alaska during the Gold Rush. Also visit the Haines’ historic cemetery with headstones dating to the late 1800’s. And a Haines, Alaska must see is the Hammer Museum.

Parking Location

Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site, (907) 269-8400, Haines, AK, 32 sites, tables, fire rings. $20/night. 14% grade gravel park entrance. Gravel sites, some pull thrus. 35’ max. No cell coverage. Nice view of glaciers from camp host cabin.

Directions and Other Information

From Haines go 11 miles north on Chilkoot Lake Road to Lutak Road.

GPS Coordinates

59.13881 -135.36936.Click on link to see Google Map


Skagway, AK (SEE OTHER INFORMATION)

August 1, 2019 to August 3, 2019
Activity Ideas

Visit Jewel Gardens and Garden City Glassblowers. Hike to Yakutania Point and Smuggler’s Cove. Yakutania Point and Smuggler’s Cove are both short, easy hikes that end at a picturesque point perfect for a picnic lunch or some “scenic drinking.” Visit the Gold Rush Cemetery. Watch the Days of ’98 theatrical performance, but watch out you might get included, $20 daytime performance, $22 evening. Tour the city museum and sculpture garden. The Skagway town museum and the sculpture garden are located right next to each other on 8th and Spring. The museum concentrates on the illustrious history of the town, with an emphasis on Soapy Smith, the local con man. The sculpture garden contains nearly 50 different sculptures from local, regional and renowned artisans. Cost: $2 for the museum, $5 for the sculpture garden. Visit the National Park museums and Moore Homestead. Take a ride on the narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Route railroad built in 1898

Parking Location

There is free parking at the Skagway Overflow Camping area which is also a brush dump and good for 1-2 nights. However, in order to park at this location all main campgrounds must be full. Contact the Skagway Police Department for a permit, 17th Ave. and State St., if the door is locked use the intercom button or call (907) 983-2232.

Directions and Other Information

Note: Customs are at approximately mile 8 for US and approximately mile 20 for Canada and are closed part of the night. If you boon dock between them you cannot travel east or west until they open.

(FERRY FROM SKAGWAY TO HAINES, ALL VEHICLES OVER 30 FEET LONG OR 8 FEET WIDE ARE CONSIDERED OVERSIZED AND MUST BE BOOKED BY AN AGENT IN A TERMINAL OR AT THE CALL CENTER, (800) 642-0066. THE SMALLER FERRYS REQUIRE YOU TO BACK ONTO THE SHIP, SO ASK WHICH DAYS THE LARGER FERRY RUNS.)

GPS Coordinates

59.4765, -135.2947Click on link to see Google Map


Teslin, YT

August 3, 2019 to August 5, 2019
Hosts

Host needed

Activity Ideas

Check out the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Center to see carved totem poles, ornamental clan regalia and other interpretative displays. Stop in the picturesque village of Carcross on your way to Skagway. The route via the White Pass is beautiful

Parking Location

Teslin Lake Campground, (867) 667-5648, 27 sites, $12/night, non-potable (must be boiled) water, dump station, free firewood, restrooms

Directions and Other Information

There may be a restaurant/truck stop where you could park free, or possibly on either side of the river, and that would be free as well. This information will need to be checked out in advance.
2,284’ elevation

GPS Coordinates

60.23275, -132.91315Click on link to see Google Map


Watson Lake, YT

August 5, 2019 to August 6, 2019
Hosts

No host necessary as this is just an overnight stop.

Activity Ideas

Visit the Sign Post Forest which was started in 1942 by a homesick GI who was working on the Alaska Highway, and the Northern Lights Centre.

Parking Location

Free dry camping by the airport. There is room for 6-15 rigs.

Directions and Other Information

Dump station at Wye Lake Park, 8 St. N., Watson Lake, YT. Petro Canada, (867) 536-2515, Hwy 1, 137 Frank Trail, Watson Lake, YT
2,280’ elevation

GPS Coordinates

60.027820, -129.078827Click on link to see Google Map


Liard River Hot Springs, BC

August 6, 2019 to August 8, 2019
Activity Ideas

Soak in the hot springs.

Parking Location

Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park, 75100-81198 Alaska Hwy, Northern Rockies, BC, (250) 776-7000, 53 sites, reservations are accepted, but there are also first come first served sites. Make reservations at www.discovercamping.ca. $26/night. If this campground is full there is overflow boondocking across the street for the same price.

Directions and Other Information

Dump station at Wye Lake Park, 8 St. N., Watson Lake, YT. Petro Canada, (867) 536-2515, Hwy 1, 137 Frank Trail, Watson Lake, YT

GPS Coordinates

59.422, -126.097Click on link to see Google Map


Fort Nelson, BC

August 8, 2019 to August 9, 2019
Hosts

No hosts necessary, overnight stop only

Activity Ideas

Fort Nelson Heritage Museum and Fort Nelson Information Centre. And get your picture with the albino moose on display at the museum.

Parking Location

Prophet River Provincial Park, MP 349.3 on Highway 97, 0.4 miles in on a firm gravel road. This location will hold 6-15 rigs, but not in same grouping.

Directions and Other Information

Dump and water free at Fort Nelson Heritage Museum, on the north end of town, across the street from the Visitor Centre.
1,883’ elevation

GPS Coordinates

57.971, -122.777Click on link to see Google Map


Dawson Creek, BC

August 9, 2019 to August 11, 2019
Activity Ideas

Take your picture at Mile 0 on the Alaskan Highway, and visit the Alaska Highway House to learn the story of the highway’s construction. Visit the Historic Kiskatinaw River Curved Bridge built in 1942, mile 21 of the Old Alaskan Highway. Dawson Creek Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9-2.

Parking Location

Walmart Dawson Creek #5776, (250) 719-0128, 600 Highway 2, Dawson Creek, BC

Directions and Other Information
GPS Coordinates

55.73845, -120.21917Click on link to see Google Map


Grande Cache, AB (enroute to Grande Cache, stop in Wembly on AB43 to visit the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, $9)

August 11, 2019 to August 15, 2019
Activity Ideas

White water rafting, exploring the Willmore Wilderness Park, kayaking, visit Labyrinth Park, go swimming at the Grande Cache Recreation Center.

Parking Location

Between Grand Cache and Grand Prairie.

Directions and Other Information

There are 6-15 free campsites at this location. The road leads into the area and then splits into three segments. There is a roadside food truck.

GPS Coordinates

54.637373, -118.683261Click on link to see Google Map


Jasper, AB

August 15, 2019 to August 18, 2019
Activity Ideas

Visit Jasper National Park for hiking, white water rafting, wildlife viewing, the Columbia Ice Fields and Athabasca Falls, and get a thrill walking on a glass bottomed platform at the Glacier Skywalk. Ride the Jasper SkyTram for views of the Canadian Rockies like you wouldn’t believe. Take a side trip to Maligne Lake and soak in the Miette Hot Springs.

Parking Location

Wapiti Campground, Jasper National Park, BC, (780) 852-6176. You are responsible for making your own reservation.

Directions and Other Information

This campground is on the shore of the Athabasca River. The cost is $27.40 to $32.30 CAN/night for electric. Reservations can be made starting January 8, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. MST, online at reservation.pc.gc.ca or by phone at 877.737.3783.

GPS Coordinates

52.837, -118.064Click on link to see Google Map


Lake Louise/Banff, AB

August 18, 2019 to August 25, 2019
Activity Ideas

Hiking, white water rafting, kayaking, scenery from glaciers to waterfalls, and unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities are what you can expect from Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Take the Icefields Parkway 144 mile driving tour, soak in a hot springs, and ride in a gondola. Take a side trip to the Yoho and Kootenay National Parks.

Parking Location

From junction PH-93 and TCH-1, go 5 mile southeast on TCH-1 to “Overflow Camping” sign on right.

Directions and Other Information

Large level gravel lot (some paved). Boon docking. Pit toilet, trash bin. $10.80/night, self-register/pay kiosk. No posted stay limit. Easy access. Some highway noise at night and noise early am from trucks pulling out. Room for many RVs any size, good solar, good Verizon signal.

You will need to purchase a Canada National Parks Pass for $45 (US) when entering Banff National Park.

GPS Coordinates

51.38692, -116.12957Click on link to see Google Map


Calgary, AB

August 25, 2019 to August 28, 2019
Activity Ideas

Visit the Calgary Zoo, tickets start at $17. Eat dinner and enjoy the views at the top of the Calgary Tower, view the artworks and learn the local history at the Glenbow Museum, visit the Heritage Park Historical Village $10/general admission, walk the trails at Prince’s Island Park, visit Calgary’s first building at Fort Calgary. Walk or bicycle within the city. Get a group together and see if you can beat the deadline in an Escape Room – lots of fun, approximately $25/per person. Take a side trip to Cochrane to grab an ice cream cone at MacKay’s Ice Cream while meandering along the footpaths that line the Bow River as it passes through town.

Parking Location

Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, free parking, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr., Calgary, AB

Directions and Other Information

There is a 3 night limit at the casino. The Host should contact the casino in advance to confirm.

GPS Coordinates

51.007506, -14.147222Click on link to see Google Map


Lethbridge, AB

August 28, 2019 to September 3, 2019
Activity Ideas

(ON YOUR WAY TO LETHBRIDGE, STOP IN NANTON AT THE BOMBER COMMAND MUSEUM, (403) 646-2270, OPEN 10-4 DAILY, $12)

Visit Fort Whoop-Up a replica of an original fur trading fort built in the late 1800s, where you can explore the history, cultures, and traditions of the communities that lived in the region in the time the original Fort Whoop-Up was built and operated. Get a small group (6) together and see if you can beat an Escape Room, there are several to choose from in Lethbridge. Take a side trip to Fort Macleod, the fort museum of the North West Mounted Police. And just 18 km north of Lethbridge you will find the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that interprets 6,000 years of buffalo-hunting practices of the Plains People.

Parking Location

Lethbridge Casino, free parking, 3756 2 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB

Directions and Other Information

The casino has a mostly level parking lot. You need to check in at the Security desk with your vehicle license number, type of RV, phone number and how long you plan to stay. There is ample paved parking in the East lot, big rig friendly and pull through. Verizon signal is good here. There is a FasGas service station and convenience store at a nearby Tim Horton’s.

From Hwy 4 turn North on 43 Street, then left on 4th Ave. From Hwy 3 turn South on 43rd St, then right on 4th Ave.

Before you cross the border back into the good ole US of A, stop at the Milk River, AB Rest Area and Interpretive Center where you can temporarily park and take cars to the Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park to see North America’s largest concentration of aboriginal rock art, pictographs and petroglyphs.
GPS Coordinates
49.142403, -112.079909

September 3, 2019 Border Crossing into U.S. at Coutts, AB

GPS Coordinates

49.695780, -112.783932Click on link to see Google Map


Shelby, MT

September 3, 2019
Hosts

No host is necessary.

Activity Ideas

This is the end of the North to Alaska 2019 circuit. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves on this circuit. Please direct any comments regarding the circuit to Lu Anne Frost, frostbites57@hotmail.com.

Check out the local shops, hike the Roadrunner Trail, visit the local museums, check out the Carousel Rest Area, and go kayaking.

Parking Location

Lake Sheloole Park, City of Shelby (406) 434-5222, 1210 Oilfield Avenue, $25/night for water and electric.

Directions and Other Information

3,320’ elevation

GPS Coordinates

48.522222, -111.85361Click on link to see Google Map