Haines Highway in the Yukon

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 | 1 comment

Haines Highway in the Yukon

To get from Southeast Alaska to Southcentral Alaska, there is a little country called Canada that gets in the way. The Haines Highway (out of Haines, Alaska) and Klondike Highway (out of Skagway, Alaska) both pass through British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. And to confuse things even more, there is a time zone change: the Yukon (on Pacific Time) is one hour ahead of the Alaska Time Zone.

To give you an idea of what it’s like to drive in the Yukon Territory, I took some photos as I was driving about 100 kilometers per hour up the Haines Highway. The scenery is incredible, but it is as desolate as the photos depict. Yes, I made sure to stop for gas in both “towns” I drove through. I had a little fog, a little rain, and a little sunshine. There were two 15-kilometer sections that were gravel. It is part of regular road maintenance to repair damage caused by the frost heaves. There were actually sections of the paved road that were in far worse shape than the gravel. You may have heard me yell a few times when the Touareg and Airstream caught some unintentional air.

Overall, it was a great travel day. I even saw some grizzlies on the side of the road. Busy eating grass, the bears were not at all bothered by me–this time.

Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Grizzlies along Haines Highway
Grizzlies along Haines Highway
Grizzly bear along Haines Highway
Grizzly bear along Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway
Haines Highway

One Comment

  1. I’ll try not to take offense to you calling Canada a “little” country! LOL

    Some good music can make that drive a beautiful one, although the gravel patches must not be fun, I imagine the roads that you say are bad to be something like a few of our horrible Montreal roads.

    I’m caught up on the journey and I’m looking forward to the next entry, I’ve added you to my RSS reader.

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