Here are three ways to convince someone to join you on an Alaska Highway road trip.
1. Nature: Wild has never looked this perfect.
“The mountains, which dominate the landscape, were shaped by volcanic fire. The rugged, heavily forested valleys between them were carved by glaciers, which at one time covered most of the province.” –Source to come.
You’ll be traveling through Northern British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska. In BC, the Highway runs very close to the perimeter of one of the biggest, wildest parks anywhere: the 16,000,000-acre Muskwa-Kechika where a hike from the roadside could take you to see spectacular geological formations, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls.
North of the BC border in the Yukon, you’ll find Canada’s highest peak, Mountain Logan. The route from BC to Alaska winds through eight northern communities surrounded by silent wilderness, including the capital, Whitehorse. It was built near the Yukon River rapids that capsized Gold Rush rafts, claiming many lives. The beautiful Kluane National Park is home to Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak.
As you cross the US border en route to its official end point at Delta Junction, Alaska, you are traveling into the Alaskan Interior, a vast plateau with rugged mountain ranges to the north and south. From here, it’s a quick trip to Fairbanks, an important city in the heart of the state. And you can embark on new journeys north over the Arctic Circle toward the Arctic Slope or south toward Anchorage, Juneau, islands and peninsulas.
2. History: Built to help us win World War II.
During World War II, the Japanese invaded and occupied the United States for a period of time via remote, barren (although inhabited) Aleutian Islands in the North Pacific.
In 1942, the U.S. President called for the construction of the behind-the-front Alaska Highway. A new and necessary military lifeline, it would connect the Lower 48 and Canada to the top of the continent: One long road running through three massive swaths of untamed, unassailable wilderness in Northern British Columbia, the gold rush country of Canada’s Yukon and the remote Alaskan Territory (not yet a state).
Eleven thousand American Army men built the Alaska Highway. They did so with the help of sixteen thousand hardy Canadian civilians and the blessing of the Government of Canada, who granted right-of-way in exchange for ownership of the road once it was built and the war was won.
3. Journey: People as good as they make ‘em.
“What’s not to like in a place like this?” you’ll wonder.
It goes without saying that the environment makes for some happy, active, balanced people who love to show visitors why it’s great to live here.
As you travel the highway through Northern BC, Yukon and Alaska, you will find a range of services, places to stop and things to do including roadside motels, lodges, service stations and restaurants. There are many backcountry operators and hunting and fishing guides. These folks love living along the Alaska Highway and they make it their mission to ensure you love it, too
Chris Gale – Wild North Photos