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Jan 10th, 2008, 06:44 AM
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driving rented motor home to Anchorage

We will be travelling through the Yukon around the second/third week in May. If you have done this trip,what would you recommend? What travel conditions should we expect. What places are a "must visit" Is it safe to pull off the road for the night. Are the mosquitos as bad as people tell me.
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Jan 10th, 2008, 12:59 PM
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Get a Milepost, THE guide to traveling the Alaskan Highways. I believe it includes the Yukon area. It covers the roads mile by mile including attractions, gas stations, etc.
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Jan 11th, 2008, 10:15 AM
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You will find more information on the RV Net forums, they have a section on RV travel in Canada and to Alaska. See http://www.rv.net/forum/
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Jan 13th, 2008, 03:25 PM
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Definitely get the "Milepost"...

I drove up there in early April, and was quite pleasantly surprised weather-wise. Left Chetwynd, BC when news in the REST of Canada was of terrible early-spring weather (Blizzards in MB & SK, flooding in NS, etc)... but the drive into the unknown north was almost heaven-like.

The ONLY "snow & ice on the roadway" I encountered between Dawson Creek and Alaska was in northern BC when near the highest altitude on the AK Highway.

The area of the Yukon is surprisingly desert-like in terms of precipitation.

The areas up there are so barren, that I can't imagine that "safety" is a concern for someone using common sense.

The most barren scenario I would envision, from what I saw, would be parking your motorhome within a few hundred yards of the only all-night gas/store I saw on the path. It would be there if you needed it, and you probably wouldn't...

I can't say anything about the mosquitoes... for there weren't ANY when I was there.

Study the "Milepost" magazine thoroughly and you will be fine!

It's a great trip. (though I advise bringing some music with you, or at least someone with whom you ALWAYS have great conversation)

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Jan 25th, 2008, 06:13 PM
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The milepost is fabulous. We decided to drive to the Arctic Circle last June and covered a lot of your trip.

Travel conditions will be fine . . . the most issue you will face is if you take the "top of the world" highway from Dawson City, which is a little gnarly and should be driven slowly. My best piece of advice if the roads are looking busy: Cross the river in Dawson City the night before and camp on the non-DC side, the lineups to get across can be HOURS long the next day if you are in a RV. DC by the way was great, eat there, drink a toe, see a replica gold rush show at the casino. In Whitehorse, there is a busy rib shack type place by the river. . .it's really good, probably the busiest place in town. The ice age museum was a blast as well. We did some small brewery tours which were fun too.

If you take the Stewart Cassiar through BC, drive responsibly slow so as not to hit any black bears (we saw 18 that day).

The mosquitoes are not as bad as people tell you until you get into the tundra, which you shouldn't. I think pulling off the road will be very safe. . .especially as daylight will be most of the night anyway!

Enjoy the fireweed, eat some good sourdough, and stop at beautiful downtown Chicken AK.
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