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ALASKA HIGHWAY ADVENTURE
Spanning 1,400 miles and running through some of the most scenic lands in North America...
Construction of the Johnson’s Crossing Bridge on Alaska Highway, about 90 miles south of Whitehorse. The bridge crosses Teslin River 2 miles below Teslin Lake. Photo Courtesy of Johnson’s Crossing Lodge
         The 76-year-old Alaska Highway has been a long-standing staple for motorists looking to travel to and explore the last frontier.
Construction on the highway completed in 1942, with the events of Pearl Harbor and World War II speeding the project along. Following the second Great War, the Alaska Highway opened to the public in 1948. This muddy, single-lane track was a far cry from how the highway stands today. Only heavy-duty vehicles could tackle the challenges of the road, with some grades as steep as 25 percent looming above motorists.
Once considered a rugged and demanding drive, the now fully- paved highway has been tamed into an exciting excursion sunk deep in pioneer history and dotted with fascinating, diverse communities.
The highway’s official starting point is Dawson Creek in British Columbia. Communities like Watson Lake in the Yukon are full of fascinating attractions, such as Watson Lakes’ world-famous sign forest, and chock-full of stunning vistas. The Village of Teslin is a premier example of
this latter amenity. Located at Mile 804 of the Alaska Highway and boasting the longest bridge on the lengthy roadway, Teslin is bordered by the waters of Nisutlin Bay and Teslin Lake, boxing the 500-person town in with gorgeous scenery – worth the stop after a long day on the road.
As the highway approaches
the Alaskan border, travelers
will come across the city of Whitehorse. The bustling capital of the Yukon is always flush
with things to do. The MacBride Museum of Yukon History features an Alcan Highway exhibit (another name for the Alaska Highway). Summertime visitors might also stop to enjoy the dazzling Adäka Cultural Festival, celebrated in Whitehorse from June 29-July 5.
Opportunities for adventure
and excitement have only just started once the mighty roadway pierces the Alaskan border. Along the route lies the community of Tok, a community that began
as a construction camp for the Alaskan Highway in 1942. Known as the “Sled Dog Capital of Alaska,” wintertime travelers will find endless activities to partake
in like snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. If your path takes you through Tok in the summer, several RV Parks, campgrounds, biking and even flightseeing opportunities.
At the end of the Alaska Highway lies the city of Delta Junction. A monument to Historic Milepost 1422 marks the end of the storied journey, but does not herald an end of activities to partake in. Delta Junction is an outdoor playground. Visitors can go birding, pick wild berries and mushrooms, take self-guided tours
of the Black Rapids Glacier and Donnelly Dome and explore the nearby Big Delta State Historical Park and recreations sites.
- Dan Fox, RV Alaska Contributor (Skagway, Alaska)
Triple “G” Hideaway RV Park & Family Restaurant
  Mile 300 on the Alaska Highway
5651 - Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson, BC Office: 250-774-2340 Restaurant: 250-775-6400
LIARD HOT SPRINGS LODGE
Walking distance to the Hot Springs!
Restaurant • Rooms • Gas & Diesel
RV Park & Campground: 20 Pull -Thru Sites (30 Amp) 13 Back-In Sites (15 Amp)
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  Large Pull Through Sites • 30 Amp • Full Hookups • 24 Hour Laundry & Showers RV Pressure Wash Station • Gift Shop
              Mile 497 Alaska Highway • Open Year-Round Phone: 1-866-939-2522
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Mile ‘0’ Park & Campground
Stay under a canopy of beautiful trees, adjacent to Rotary Lake, Water Wright Pioneer Village, and golf course.
Tel: 250-782-2590 Mile0RVPark@gmail.com
   Dawson Creek, British Columbia
• Full hookups
• Free hot showers • Laundry
• WiFi
• Sani-Dump
• Tenting
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                            RESTAURANT & ROOMS
Open Year-Round • Kitchenette Rooms • Wi-Fi Gift Shop • Campground • Tenting Only
Full Menu • Bakery • Homestyle Cooking • Licensed
       Beaver Creek • 867-862-7111 • www.buckshotbettys.ca
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