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       Historic Points of Interest along the Alaska Highway
 Km 1903
Alaska/Yukon Border
Km 1873
Beaver Creek
Permafrost before Beaver Creek presented the greatest challenge to highway construction
Km 1755
Icefield Ranges
Viewpoint of Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak
Km 1726
The Ku (Chum Salmon Place) Fishing camp
Km 1642
Kluane Lake
Km 1487
Takhini Valley
Fires in 1958 reduced
the valley’s spruce forests to ash, to be replaced by the aspen and willow seen today
Km 1329
Mount White Viewpoint
Beginning of the Southern Lakes region, home to more than a dozen major lakes and the headwaters of
                YA, Aubrey Simmons Fonds, 82/192 #10
Photo taken at Soldiers Summit km1649
Km 1732
Lieutenant Small Memorial
Roland Small was one of five fatalities suffered by the US Army 18th Engineers during construction of the highway
Km 1701
Burwash Landing
Established in 1903, this prosperous little settlement was an oasis in the wilderness for those building the highway
Km 1684
Destruction Bay
Named for the wind that blew down structures put up by the army during highway construction in 1942
Km 1649
Soldier’s Summit
Where east and west construction units
met to officially open the Alaska Highway
Alaska Highway
Distance: 882 km / 548 miles Watson Lake to Beaver Creek
Built in 1942 as a military access road, the highway stands as a tribute to the determination and resourcefulness of the tens of thousands of men and women who have worked on it, not only during the construction, but through the constant upgrading of the highway, and the maintenance that has, often against enormous odds, kept it open year-round since it was built.
Start your Yukon scenic drive along the Alaska Highway in Watson Lake and visit the town’s world-famous Sign Post Forest. Next stop is Teslin, home of the Inland Tlingit people.
A popular destination for fishing and boating, this scenic lakeside community has a proud artistic and cultural heritage.
From Teslin, visit Yukon’s capital, Whitehorse, known as the Wilderness City for good reason. Surrounded
by forests and mountains, the Yukon River flows through downtown Whitehorse and trails crisscross
the city. Visit the S.S. Klondike on the waterfront, MacBride Museum,
Km 1489
Mendenhall Valley
In 1903, steamboats travelled the Takhini to deposit Kluane-bound goldseekers at the Mendenhall River
Km 1393
Yukon River Bridge
The start of the Yukon River, a major transportation route and food source
since the last ice age
Km 1454
Takhini Crossing
In the 1800s, coastal Tlingit followed the Takhini River to a large salmon fishing camp just west of here to trade with Yukon First Nations
Km 1428
Fish Lake Road
The road to the Pueblo copper mine, where a 1917 cave-in buried nine men 300 feet below ground
 Km 1152
Swan Lake
Viewpoint overlooking the granite remains of an ancient land known as Quesnellia
        the Yukon River
   Km 1420
Km 1296
Johnsons Crossing
Km 1295
Canol Road Junction
Km 1120
Continental Divide
A low ridge separates
two of the largest river drainages on the continent
Cassiar Highway Junction
Km 980
Watson Lake
Watson Lake, a major staging point during highway construction,
is a full-service community today
Km 968
BC/Yukon Border
         Km 1579
Haines Junction
Km 1566
Mount Hubbard
Km 1505
Km 1244
Teslin/Deisleen Aayi
Km 1244
Teslin Lake
Km 1100
Rancheria Lodge
The first of the highway lodges to serve travellers on the pioneer highway after WW II
   Km 1002
      Km 1352
Marsh Lake
   Km 1548
Canyon Creek Bridge
Km 1413
Km 980
     First built in 1903 on the wagon road between Whitehorse and the northern goldfields
McCrae Construction Camp
A large US military camp in 1942, complete with theatre, stores and a recreation centre
Watson Lake Signposts
In 1942, a simple sign pointing home to Illinois spawned an ever-growing forest of signs
Access road
Photo © YG
 Beringia Centre and galleries showcasing the work of Yukon’s talented artists.
Beyond Whitehorse, the Alaska Highway parallels the majestic outer rim of Kluane National Park from the mountain village of Haines Junction to Destruction Bay, Burwash Landing, ending its Canadian journey at Beaver Creek. Offering spectacular glacier flightseeing, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, canoeing and river rafting.
Robert Campbell Highway
Distance: 584 km / 362 miles Watson Lake to Carmacks
Gravel roads wind through an untouched wilderness landscape. Suitable for truck and camper travel but not recommended for motorhomes and RVs.
The Campbell Highway begins in Watson Lake at the world-famous Sign Post Forest and travels north to Ross River and Faro and eventually ends at Carmacks where it connects to the North Klondike Highway.
Dempster Highway
Distance: 736 km / 457 miles
North Klondike Highway Junction to Inuvik, NWT
The Dempster Highway, Canada’s only all-season public road to cross the Arctic Circle, is among the world’s most unique driving routes. Starting near Dawson City, this 736 km unpaved two-lane highway traverses northern Yukon all the way to Inuvik, NWT.
A scenic drive up the Dempster Highway begins with a visit to Tombstone Territorial Park and
the new interpretive centre where naturalists offer walks, travel information and wildlife viewing tips. Tombstone is a haunting landscape remembered for its jagged peaks and colour-stained hills.
Rich in wildlife and bird activity, the Ogilvie and Richardson mountains are home to moose, sheep, grizzly bears, wolves and the Porcupine caribou herd.
“The Dempster” as it is known locally is lined with plenty of pullouts, day hikes and roadside diversions. This historic highway crosses the Arctic Circle and traverses the Continental Divide three times. In mid-August, the vegetation begins to change colour, igniting a crimson parade that turns the tundra into swaths of scarlet and gold.
With limited services, two ferry crossings and long stretches across open tundra, the Dempster Highway is an adventurous driving experience. Travellers are urged to be prepared for contingencies and are advised to carry spare tires and allow for delays.
Silver Trail
Distance: 111 km / 69 miles Stewart Crossing to Keno City
Explore the silver mining heritage of tiny Keno City.
• Stone Mountain Park
• Muncho Lake Provincial Park • Liard River Hot Springs
• Watson Lake Sign Post Forest • Teslin & Teslin Lake
• Marsh Lake
• Whitehorse & Miles Canyon
• Kluane National Park
Once a thriving mining district,
the Silver Trail is peppered with fascinating history and inspiring scenery. A perfect side trip en route to the Klondike, the Silver Trail scenic drive winds its way to Mayo passing through moose habitat and offering beautiful views of the Stewart River.
Mayo Landing was established in 1900 as the port for silver-lead shipments from the Yukon’s Keno District. Sternwheelers loaded with ore plied the Stewart River until the 1950s. Today, Mayo is a regional centre and a staging point for many Yukon wilderness trips.
At the end of the Silver Trail is Keno City, Yukon’s colourful frontier mining town. Visit Keno City Mining Museum, Keno City Alpine Interpretive Centre and drive up Keno Hill for panoramic views from the signpost.
Hiking and biking trails abound
along the Silver Trail, and you’ll spot marmots, pikas, birds, butterflies and wildflowers in accessible alpine areas. Count on spending an extra day to explore the hidden treasures of the Silver Trail.
• Arctic Circle
• Tombstone Interpretive Centre • Tombstone Territorial Park
• Inuvik, NWT
• Binet House (Mayo)
• Keno City Mining Museum
            Map & information courtesy of YG Tourism
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