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Old 02-04-2012   #1 (permalink)
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Atlin - Yukon - Cassiar: Heading in the Opposite Direction

Here's a much-delayed report from the wife's & my trip to Northern BC & the Yukon last summer.
5325 km in 5 days, June 30-July 4, 2011 - an epic roadtrip completely unlike any vacation we have spent in Mexico. No resorts, no pampering, no regular meals, no organised excursions. This was 5 days of wildife, scenery and remote wilderness, travelling to some of the most rugged & remote parts of North America that are accessible by road.

We began our journey at 3:00 am on June 30; a freak, out-of-season rainstorm had resulted in several mudslides which closed the Trans-Canada Highway east of Vancouver; as a result, we headed north up a little-used road north of Whistler which climbs high over the Coast Mountains and into the interior by way of Lillooet.


16 hours later, we arrived at the town of Stewart, on the BC - Alaska border, at the head of a long fjord which forms the southern fringe of the Alaska Panhandle. Just across the border is the infamous settlement of Hyder, Alaska...., famous as the place to get "Hyderized"



The highway to Stewart:






Day 2 to follow.
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July 1 - Day 2

What should have been a warm, sunny Canada Day started out raining and cold, temperatures in the single digits Celsius. We headed out of Stewart at around 8 am and headed back over the pass from the coast and onto the Cassiar Highway to continue our trek north. This road passes through the nearly empty northwest quadrant of British Columbia, an extremely rugged area almost the size of the state of Oregon which is home to fewer than 3,000 people. The area is rich in mineral deposits and major mining developments are presently underway, many in areas only accessible by helicopter.

Since the weather was completely uncooperative during the first half of the day, here are some shots from a previous trip on this highway:






Our goal for the evening was the small gold-rush era town of Atlin, located in the northwest corner of BC near the Yukon border. Atlin is only accessible via a 100 km spur which runs south from the Alaska Highway in the southern Yukon, so we had to spend a few hours in the Yukon before getting to Atlin.

Shortly before the Yukon Border, we came to Jade City (pop. 30), a roadside retail outlet for the nearby Princess Jade Mine, which now produces the vast majority of the green jade currently being mined worldwide:




That boulder is solid jade...........

This was the wife's first time crossing the 60th parallel:


We made it to Atlin around 5pm and began looking for a place to eat. We soon discovered that since it was Canada Day, almost every establishment in this metropolis of 600 residents was closed - except for this place:


Atlin is a breathtakingly beautiful place with a thriving arts community and a fascinating history. During World War I, it became the playground of the super-rich, who were denied access to their usual haunts in France & Switzerland due to the war in Europe. A luxury hotel and cruise vessel were built around 1917 - the hotel has long since burned down but the ship, the MV Tarahne, sits as a local landmark on the lakeshore, where the locals are doing their best to restore it to its former glory:




A funky kind of place:


At this northern latitude, daylight in early July lasts until well past 11:00 pm:




Day 3 to follow.
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So pretty and scenic. Thanks for posting.

My mom and stepdad lived up in Yellowknife and Inuvik for a few years doing relief work, 6 months in and 6 out (she a nurse, he a pharmacist). One of my biggest regrets is that I never went to visit them there.
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So pretty and scenic. Thanks for posting.

My mom and stepdad lived up in Yellowknife and Inuvik for a few years doing relief work, 6 months in and 6 out (she a nurse, he a pharmacist). One of my biggest regrets is that I never went to visit them there.
Inuvik & the Dempster Highway are on my to do list for next year; hoping to get there during early July in order to experience the endless daylight. Amazing places (at least in the summertime!)
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July 2 - Day 3

We left Atlin fairly early in the morning on July 2 & were rewarded with some fine views of Atlin Lake as we headed north again to the Alaska Highway. The lake is fed by the enormous Llewellyn Glacier which gives the water its beautiful blue-green colour and its summertime temperature of 4 degrees....




Shortly before lunchtime, we arrived in Whitehorse. Before arriving in the city, we passed the outlet of Marsh Lake, officially the beginning of the Yukon River, which flows more then 3000 km to the Bering Sea near St. Michael, Alaska:


On arriving in Whitehorse, it was time to visit the Territory's only brewery:



After picking up a few bottles of Yukon Red and Fireweed IPA, it was time to stroll around downtown Whitehorse for a bit:








More from Day 3 to follow.......
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July 2 - Day 3 (cont.)

After leaving Whitehorse, we drove part of the way down the South Klondike Highway towards Skagway, AK. We drove as far as Emerald Lake, near Carcross, YT:




We were headed back south again into British Columbia, so we headed east on the Tagish Road and back down the Alaska Highway to the Cassiar. Our destination for the evening was Dease Lake, BC. Some magnificent scenery along the way:






The evening arrived just as we got to Dease Lake. After a couple of burgers at the local pub, we decided to call it a night and get to bed early.

To follow: Day 4 & the Grand Canyon of the Stikine

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My son and his then girlfriend did a similar trip and blogged about it here...
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July 3 - Day 4

July 3 started out warm and sunny as we left Dease Lake and headed west on the Telegraph Road, bound for the historic village of Telegraph Creek on the Stikine River. This one is a drive to remember, as the road winds along the volcanic rock walls which form the Grand Canyon of the Stikine.

The road starts out uneventfully enough, paved for the first 5 km or so and running fairly straight and flat across the Tanzilla Plateau until it arrives at the Tuya canyon, the first of two tributary canyons which the road crosses on its way to the Stikine. Note: some of these shots date from a prior trip to the area.





Not what you would call a Sunday drive!


Eagle Rock, at the mouth of the Tahltan River:









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This TR is SO freakin' COOL!

Mountain wilderness pics get me all worked up.

Thank you!
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Your photos are amazing!
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This TR is SO freakin' COOL!

Mountain wilderness pics get me all worked up.

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Glad you like it!

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Glad to see trip reports of my 'neighbourhood', great scale on the cassiar shots... Most shots I take don't reflect the sheer size of the landscape here and end up looking like just another bunch of mountains.meh
Glad the weather cooperated for you
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Glad to see trip reports of my 'neighbourhood', great scale on the cassiar shots... Most shots I take don't reflect the sheer size of the landscape here and end up looking like just another bunch of mountains.meh
Glad the weather cooperated for you
Unfortunately, the weather didn't co-operate for all of the trip, which is why my photos end at the Stikine. The rest of the distance back to Vancouver was driven in overcast or rain.......

Thanks for the comments on the photos!
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It may have lasted for a while...we drove up the cassiar in late July last summer on our way back from Edmonton and it was the same thing, low cloud and rainy - we camped out at Meziadin Jct hoping it might clear up as I've never done the Stewart/Hyder thing. But we woke up to dreary weather so decided to skip it and keep on going - maybe this summer the weather gods will cooperate for us.
Actually alot of trip was rainy, we went to Edmonton to go to the Indy race where we camp onsite, luckily we had rubber boots, I've never seen so much mud in my life!
And alot of that Alberta mud was with us for many kms after we left, when it dries it definitely resembles cement!
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