We took the classic itinerary to Alaska via the West Coast route starting at Vancouver . The drive towards Dawson Creek took us along amazing sights and scenic highways known as the Trans-Canada Highway 1 that links to the Cariboo Highway (97) and finally on the John Hart Highway. The drive in every turn reveal to us canyons, tunnels, sweeping vistas, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, green valleys, Canadian rockies, wildlife and on and on. It was just beautiful ! However it was not your normal drive on a highway. Since it is mountainous we were cautioned with steep grades, winding curves, narrow steep climb, truck traffic, sudden changes in weather and most importantly to watch for wild animals. This league covered 732 miles, with overnight stops at Cache Creek, Quesnel, Chetwynd and finally at Dawson Creek.
After visiting the Visitor center at Dawson Creek we were told that a portion of Alaska Highway in the Yukon territory is closed due to mudslides. Since this is the only major highway in and out of Alaska, the Canadian crews are working non stop to repair the damage, and we are keeping our fingers crossed. In this part of the world weather and highway conditions are major factors and travelers must be on the know or you will be stuck in the wilderness.