Laura Stull

Heading East: the Alcan Highway

Laura Stull
Heading East: the Alcan Highway

With over 3,000 new miles on the odometer and the first leg of our trip complete, we left Anchorage and headed for the border. Along the way, we passed the mountains of Wrangell-St. Elias, the largest national park in the United States with such impressive peaks our brief view nearly resulted in an impromptu reroute. Nonetheless, we continued north, joining the Alcan Highway near Tok, AK, and began the four-day drive east. 

The Alcan (Alaska-Canada) Highway begins in Delta Junction, AK, and stretches through southern Yukon and northern British Columbia before finally ending 1,390 miles later in Dawson Creek, BC. Saying goodbye to the last Alaskan frontier, we ventured into Yukon, passing alpine lakes, glacial rivers, fir-flanked mountains, and scenery so lovely it became a challenge not to stop at every wayside. Bison and black bears grazed on the verge on the roadsides, sunsets began at an increasingly early hour, and aurora borealis even appeared in the night sky during one auspicious evening. 

We’re finally nearing the Icefields Parkway area of southwestern Alberta where we’ll spend a week hiking, backpacking, and taking photographs throughout the area’s myriad provincial and national parks. Stay tuned for more updates from the road!