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Common Routes

posted Nov 3, 2012, 6:52 PM by Paul Gareau   [ updated Nov 4, 2012, 5:53 AM ]
There are three main sections for the route through Canada, coming from Alaska and finishing in Vancouver:

Tetlin Junction, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

From Tetlin Junction to Whitehorse you can follow the Taylor Highway to the Top of the World Highway in Canada. You will pass through the interesting little town of Chicken in Alaska, then the sometimes closed town of Boundary near the border. On the Canadian side you will pass through Dawson, which is an excellent little town with good stores, a bike shop (ask for it) camping and hostels. From there, there are several small towns on the way to Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon Territory, with everything you could want.

Alternate Route to Whitehorse from Inuvik, Northwest Territories (~480 miles)

An alternative to starting in Prudoe Bay in Alaska is to start in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, which is 62 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The unpaved Dempster Highway runs south from there until reaching Whitehorse. It is possible to fly into Inuvik, but is more expensive than arranging a ride at the NWT Tourism office in Dawson. Either way it is a good idea to drop food off at Eagle Plains, half way up the Dempster. You can also arrange for food to be dropped off here, but this is not always reliable. There are two small towns shortly after Inuvik and then nothing until the gas station/restaurant/campground/hotel in Eagle Plains. They will hold food free of charge. Water is easy to find except for the section one or two days south of Eagle Plains. Bugs can be a big problem - bring a bug net and bug spray!

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Prince George, British Columbia (~1000 miles)

The two main options here are the Cassiar highway or the Alaska highway. It is also possible to take a ferry down the coast to Vancouver. The Cassiar highway is very remote, has beautiful scenery, lakes and rivers. There are only two small towns on the Cassiar highway, so one option is to ride a little beyond the start of the highway to Watson Lake to stock up on supplies. The Alaska highway adds about 90 miles to the Cassiar route, and is the more common route for truck traffic. More info needed. 

Prince George, British Columbia to Vancouver, British Columbia (~470 miles)

This section passes through a popular ski area and has some great Oceanside riding as you get closer to Vancouver. More info needed.

Alternate route from Prince George finishing in Trail, British Columbia (~680 miles)

This route is less common but passes through the amazing Icefields parkway in the Canadian Rockies. There is a daily fee for the park, but many cyclists ride through without being stopped. After Lake Louise it's possible to head west through the Soho and Glacier National Parks to Revelstoke which is a good place for a day off. From there head south along the Arrow and Slocan Lakes until you reach the town of Trail. You will cross the border into a nice part of Washington, with the option of riding through the mountains to the coast, or through Indian reservations, the Coolie Corridor and then along the Columbia River Gorge.