Long Vacation in Canada/Alaska
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Feb 10, 2013 7:43 PM Last Post By: carracar
Dec 6, 2012 3:13 PM
Dec 7, 2012 8:24 AM
Dec 7, 2012 12:51 PM
2You could scoot through B.C. in three days and spend the time in the Yukon and Alaska.
Or Spend the three weeks in B.C.
Or skip Alaska and spend it in the Yukon.
Look at a map. You'll be spending most of that time driving anyway. Most of a week just getting to the Alaska border unless you don't sleep.
Dec 7, 2012 1:22 PM
Dec 7, 2012 5:13 PM
4What class of vehicle will you be driving ??? Our trip took us about 30 days in a class "B" camper where we could just roll outta bed & get on the road, visiting only maritime Southern Alaska...Plan at least, to drive up on the Stewart-Cassier (37) & return South on the ALCAN(97)...Given the costs involved, I'll suggest at least two more weeks to get out id the car & actually see some nature and attractions... carracar
Dec 8, 2012 5:18 PM
Dec 9, 2012 10:59 PM
6check out some provincial parks:
Dec 10, 2012 6:24 PM
7As others have mentioned, you are missing the sense of scale here. I am most familiar with the central portions of the route, having driven it about a dozen times -- the numbers are estimates, but close.
Here is some idea of the amount of actual windshield time it will take to cover those rather large distances:
Seattle - Vancouver: about 6 hours
Vancouver - Prince George: about 10 hours
Prince George - Whitehorse: about 18 hours
Whitehorse - Alaska Border (via Haines Jct): about 8 hours.
So that is slightly more than 40 hours of actual sitting in a car in each direction.
(Of course, as markharf said above, you could just go to Hyder: to and a half long days in each direction).
Dec 11, 2012 5:55 PM
8another (more expensive) option if you didn't want to backtrack would be to head back on the ferry from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, and drive from there to Victoria where I believe you can take a ferry to Seattle.
also from prince george you have the option of going east to Dawson Creek (Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway) and up through Fort Nelson to the Yukon or going west to the Cassiar Highway (the way you'd go if you went to Hyder)
you can definitely do it in 2-3 weeks if you don't mind driving a lot.
Dec 11, 2012 7:10 PM
9Let's regroup here. There are about a dozen ways you could get yourselves and car to and from Alaska from Seattle, but with 2-3 weeks you need to start off by understanding that you'd be spending most of your time driving and correspondingly little time doing any of the fun stuff you envision. I once hitched a ride from a guy from Tok to Prince George who regularly drove Oregon to the Kenai in 3.5 days....alone. He went 20 hours per day (as a salmon fisherman, he was into this), drove breathtakingly fast, and stopped for absolutely nothing. If that sounds like a good time, by all means proceed.
That aside, you will probably not want to do anything even faintly inefficient, like heading east to the Alcan highway. Nor will you want to waste any time looking for that Victoria to Seattle ferry, which is pedestrian only. I could rattle off five or six ferry routings which do actually exist---in addition to the Alaska ferries there are Victoria-Port Angeles, Sydney-Anacortes, Sydney or Nanaimo-Vancouver or Tsawwassen. Hell, you could even work in Bella Coola and the Freedom Highway if you planned carefully.
But the fact is your schedule doesn't leave time for messing around that way....unless what you really want to do is cruise around on various ferries for a week or two. Which is not what you asked.
In the event that you return here with more specific questions, you're very likely to attract useful answers.
Hope that's helpful.
Jan 5, 2013 8:56 PM
10Folks like CLuxewe are correct: you need to focus on what your priority area(s) are; where you want to spend most of your time. BC,The Yukon and Alaska could each eat up 3 weeks very easily.
If your focus is the Yukon and Alaska and you like to hike in the mtns., consider breaking your trip for a few days at Kluane National Park in the SW corner of the Yukon. (the Park website has good info on day and multi-day hikes) It is beautiful and right on your route.
If you like detours en route, prior to getting to Whitehorse you could turn off at Jake's Corner and visit Atlin (scenic and historic), continue via Carcross and even do the worthwhile drive down to Skagway and back up to Whitehorse.
Jan 5, 2013 11:31 PM
Jan 8, 2013 11:43 AM
Jan 9, 2013 12:47 PM
13as the others have said, that's massive amounts of driving. There's lots to see, but spending any time seeing it if you're going all the way to Alaska is problematic. I would instead suggest two trips of this length and do the BC trip on its own by car, then possibly even consider flying to Alaska and renting a car there for another trip. The other alternative is to extend the time available to you to make the trip, if that's possible.
North Boy's number look about right, except for the Seattle-Vancouver part, which is about 2.5-3 hours, assuming normal traffic and reasonable border crossing times.
Feb 10, 2013 6:13 PM
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