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Old 06-10-2015, 08:41 AM   #1
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Alaska bound in a few weeks any last minute tips?

School gets out in a few short weeks. I'm taking my 1976 boler North to Alaska. My route includes ferry Prince Rupert, Cassiar highway, Alaska hwy, a friends wedding in Whitehorse followed by continuing up the Alaska Highway to Anchorage, Denali park, Fairbanks, across the top of the world to Dawson city and then back down the Alaska Highway back through the Okanagan and finally ferrying back to Vancouver island. Do you have any last-minute tips or campground recommendations before I start on the seven week adventure?


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Old 06-10-2015, 09:50 AM   #2
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Fill your gas tank every chance you get when you go north , there are lots of places 300 km or more between gas stations . Some of the locations shown in visitor guides are no longer open , but it is a great trip .
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:42 AM   #3
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What a great trip you are about to take, jealous. The most important bit of advice I can give is stop at Double G's at Muncho Lake for breakfast. The best breakfast on your route. We made a similar trip two years ago and I think about it almost every day. Have your camera out and ready at all times. If you see cars parked on the road up ahead, stop to see what they are looking at you will be amazed. Take your time because you will start missing this trip before you are done with it. Safe travels.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:47 AM   #5
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I hear windshields get broken a lot. Take some clear packing tape to cover the bulls eye.

Also bear spray, but it must be labeled Bear spray to be legal in Canada if you go that route.

No guns in Canada.
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:13 AM   #6
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We stayed at Quatse River Regional Park and Campground in Port Hardy last summer. Quiet and pretty except for when the Ferry people leave and arrive.
The drive in from Prince Rupert to Terrace is one of my favourite, following the Skeena River most of the way.
Don't forget you seasick medication. It can be rough from Port Hardy to the inside passage, and occasionally that stretch is smooth, and you pitch up the passage instead. Have not taken the trip on the new ferry so not sure what it is like. You do not have free access to your vehicle on the ferry unlike the Vancouver run. But you can get down now and then. Book a campground both ends of the trip unless you like parking lots, esp the Rupert end.
Eager to see what other advise you get as we are headed the same way in a month and a bit.
Love to share stories at the Sooke campout in September.



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Old 06-10-2015, 11:24 AM   #7
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Ferry, Prince Rupert to Vancouver

Last year we took the Ferry from Prince Rupert to Vancouver.

Not sure that we would do it again?

Taking the ferry avoided 14 hours driving to Vancouver.

We have '77 Surfside (14ft.) and it cost $1,400.00 for the over night trip.

Sleeping was awkward, we had booked big comfy chairs but those sleeping on the floor (with mats etc.) seemed to fair better.

Best campground in Vancouver was Capalano RV Park(run by the Native Reserve) at the foot of the Lion's Gate Bridge. Close to shopping and bus routes. Watch the locals net salmon from the lower bridge.

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Canon 10x30 Image Stablized binoculars are the only ones worth carrying. Once you use them you will never go back to standard binoculars. There is a little gyroscope type mechanism that when its button is pushed, the image is frozen so you are not jumping around, jiggling or moving up and down when you breath. I would also carry a sharp sheath knife on my person. A homemade survival kit in a backpack too. Gore-tex rain gear and boots. Good luck and the gods favor those you are prepared.
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The most important bit of advice I can give is stop at Double G's at Muncho Lake for breakfast. The best breakfast on your route. We made a similar trip two years ago and I think about it almost every day.
Must have been some damn fine grub for you to go to Alaska and the most memorable thing was breakfast.
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Also bear spray, but it must be labeled Bear spray to be legal in Canada if you go that route.

No guns in Canada.
the poster is a Canadian so suspect she knows that!

BTW we do have guns in Canada! Lots of them! Shot guns for hunting purposes only that is! And many do carry them especially when camping in grizzle bear territory. You don't think we count on our hockey sticks to protect us from everything now do you?
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Tahoe a spray can of Bear Spray with you. Canada will allow you to have the Bear Spray but will not allow you to have self defense pepper spray.
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Best campground in Vancouver was Capalano RV Park(run by the Native Reserve) at the foot of the Lion's Gate Bridge. Close to shopping and bus routes. Watch the locals net salmon from the lower bridge.


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thats my neighbourhood! Glad you liked it. If you are going to stay in the city thats the place to do it for sure. If you have a dog the beach/park beside the campground its the only place in these parts you will find an official off leash dog beach!

But if your coming off the island and what to put some miles & the city behind you and Fort Langley (Fort Camping) would be another good choose as would camping in Manning Park area be.
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Last year we took the Ferry from Prince Rupert to Vancouver.



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Bill coming from the Island could you not take the ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert? down side to that? Besides price.

Have taken the ferry from Port Hardy to Bella Bella when heading out kayaking but never with a trailer though which is why I ask.
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School gets out in a few short weeks. I'm taking my 1976 boler North to Alaska. My route includes ferry Prince Rupert, Cassiar highway, Alaska hwy, a friends wedding in Whitehorse followed by continuing up the Alaska Highway to Anchorage, Denali park, Fairbanks, across the top of the world to Dawson city and then back down the Alaska Highway back through the Okanagan and finally ferrying back to Vancouver island. Do you have any last-minute tips or campground recommendations before I start on the seven week adventure?


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Get a copy of MILEPOSTS, if you don't already have one. It is the "best" guide to the Alaska highway. which BTW is no longer the challenge it used to be. Mostly all widened, hard topped, and re-graded, to accommodate the trucks and us greenhorns.
My most memorable thing about Muncho Lake was the Chilly Dip in the lake.
Our nicest swim was at Liard Hot Springs. it is a long walk in on a board walkway, but well worth it. give yourself lots of time there.
Summer 2004 was the hottest in Alaska, and smokey from wildfires.
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