Q. Where does the Alaska Highway officially start and stop?
A. The official starting point of the Alaska Highway is Mile “0” at Dawson Creek, British Columbia. The official end is Delta Junction, Alaska.
Q. How long is the Alaska Highway?
A. The Alaska Highway is approximately 1,400 miles (2,200 km) in length.
Q. How often is gas available?
A. The longest you would have to go to reach regular gas and diesel is approximately 100 km. Download the Alaska Highway Campground and Gas Stations Guide to see where you can find regular, diesel and premium fuel.
Q. What’s the condition of the road? Is it paved?
A. The road is fully paved and in good condition. As with all roads, construction is needed to maintain and continue to improve the highway, so be prepared for a few waits and drive slowly through these sections. There are some frost heaves near the Alaska border which make for a bit of a roller coaster ride if you’re driving fast. It’s recommended that you slow down, enjoy the views, and pay attention to the signage.
Q. Will we see animals?
A. Most likely…although animals are on their own schedule and sometimes do not cooperate! Many visitors say the Northern Rockies stretch of the Alaska Highway in Northern BC is where they see the most animals.
Q. What’s the best time of year to travel?
A. That depends. The prime season for RV travelers and campers is mid-May to mid- September. During this time, there’s typically no snow. Please note, some provincial campgrounds close September long weekend. Northern Lights viewing is best in the winter when the sky is dark.
Q. What is there for camping?
A. There’s a wide range of camping locations including provincial, regional and privately-owned campgrounds. There are dry camping, pull-through and full hookup options along the way. Download the Alaska Highway Campground and Gas Stations Guide to see what’s available.
Q. Do we have to have to camp?
A. Absolutely not! There are plenty of great hotels, motels, B&B’s and lodges along the way.
Q. What’s the best place to get information when we’re traveling?
A. Visitor Centres! They’re a very important community service as you travel north. Cell service will become intermittent at best and not all information in small towns gets online. Visitor Centres have the most up-to-date information on weather, road conditions, construction and local events. They also usually have computers with Internet access, washrooms and coffee!