On the road to Yukon
Yukon has only a little more than 40’000 inhabitants on a surface as big as Spain. Three quarters of the inhabitants live in the capital Whitehorse. Fun fact: it also has an estimated population of 6’000-7’000 grizzly bears, which represent one grizzly bear for every three households.
The journey from Canmore to Kluane National Park is 2400 kilometers and about 26 hours long, which is about the same distance as Bern-Helsinki or Bern-Athens. We are looking forward to an exciting five-day road trip. Since we will drive for hours in completely uninhabited areas, accommodation, refreshment points and refueling stops must be well planned. In this mid-September, the further north we go, the more the landscape takes on beautiful fall colors. We could not have chosen a better time for this trip.
We start off on the Icefields Parkway towards Jasper and pass the Chetamon wildfire, where the smoke continues to hang in the air. Shortly before Dawson Creek, we cross the Alberta-British Columbia border. Here we enter the famous Alaska Highway, which we will not leave until we reach Kluane National Park.
We stop regularly along the road to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, and also in the village of Watson Lake, where we visit the Sign Post Forest, a special forest made of old city signs and car plates from all over the world. A little later, we also pass by the Yukon River, to Marion’s great pleasure. After five days on the road, we finally reach our destination: the small village of Haines Junction, on the edge of Kluane National Park.