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An Explorer's Guide to the Alaska Highway:
Mile-by-Mile Photo Album

Page 3, Whitehorse to Delta Junction

by Murray Lundberg

A Guide to Alaska-Yukon Highways
Alaska Highway & Canol Bibliography

To Page 1, Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson
To Page 2, Fort Nelson to Whitehorse

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Whitehorse from the top of the clay cliffs where the airport is located
A photo of Whitehorse, the capital city of the Yukon Territory, taken from the top of the "clay cliffs" where the airport is located. This view is down Main Street to the Yukon River and the hospital beyond. For more photos of Whitehorse, click here.

Takhini River Bridge, Alaska Highway
Km 1468.9: At Historic Mile 946 you cross the Takhini River Bridge. There's a parking area at the south end of the bridge, offering pleasant views of the river and mountains.

Elk along the Alaska Highway, December 14, 2012
Elk (Cervus Elaphus) are often seen along the Alaska Highway west of Whitehorse. This is the northern limit of elk range, and although elk do occasionally migrate up from British Columbia, the vast majority of our 300-odd animals in the Yukon are descendants of elk that were imported starting in the 1940s. This photo was shot near Km 1495 in mid-December.

Historic Mile 956 on the Alaska Highway
Km 1484.8: As you drive along the Alaska Highway, there's nothing special about Stony Creek. You might notice a "Historic Mile 956" sign - if you were watching very carefully you might have noticed that there are two "Historic Mile 956" signs, one on each side of the creek. When dedicated people dig for information, though, a long and fascinating history of this location unfolds. Gord Allison's lengthy and well-illustrated "The Grave at Stony Creek" tells that story.

Champagne, Yukon
Km 1504.4: At Km 1504.4 northbound or Km 1518.2 southbound is an old section the Alaska Highway that leads to the Indian village of Champagne. Though only used for village access now, the road is still chipsealed and maintained, though to a lower standard than the main highway.

Kluane Range as seen from Km 1526 of the Alaska Highway
Km 1526: This is the view of the Kluane Range that you get from Km 1526. To the left of the highway, the old road can just barely be seen.

Otter Falls, Yukon
Km 1546: Otter Falls, at the foot of Aishihik Lake (pronounced Ai-shee-ak), is reached by a gravel sideroad leaving the Alaska Highway at Km 1546 (Historic Mile 995). These falls were on the back of the Canadian $5 bill that was issued in 1954 (see it here). The falls are 27km north of the highway. I've also posted a video of Otter Falls at high flow, taken on July 2, 2012.

The bridge across Canyon Creek, Yukon
Km 1547.5: The main feature of this rest area on Canyon Creek (also known as the Aishihik River) is a log bridge that dates back to 1903, when it was built to access the goldfields in the Kluane Lake region. Legendary Yukon character Sam McGee and a partner ran a roadhouse here during that gold rush.

An old Native cemetery at Canyon Creek, Yukon
High above Canyon Creek sits this old Native cemetery. It's accessed by walking across the old bridge and then up the original Alaska Highway tote road.

Highway construction east of Haines Junction, Yukon, in August 2002
Construction east of Haines Junction, Yukon, in August 2002. When possible, the new road is built beside the old so traffic isn't held up any more than necessary. Once the new highway is completed, the old one is torn up and seeded.

Kluane Range as seen from a rest area at Km 1566 of the Alaska Highway
Km 1566: This rest area offers a particularly fine view of the Kluane Range.

Sunrise on the Kluane Range, Haines Junction, Yukon
Km 1575: Sunrise on the Kluane Range, as seen from the airport at Haines Junction in November with the thermometer sitting at -42°C. Speaking of cold, did you know that the men who built The Road had a special mascot, the Kee Bird? Click here to find out more.

A Guide to Haines Junction.

Marshall Creek Road, Yukon

If you're looking for a quiet side road, the Marshall Creek Road at Haines Junction offers that and some history. This 20 kilometer (12.5 mile) long section of the original tote road was abandoned during the first upgrade of that tote road to all-weather standards. It's a dead-end road that's not suitable for large rigs.

Rest area west of Haines Junction, Yukon
Km 1584: a rest area with a spectacular view of the Kluane Range. This view is northbound - the Km 1584 post can be seen on the right.

Bear Creek Lodge

Km 1589.1 (Historic Mile 1022): Bear Creek Lodge. In November 2006, a few months after this photo was taken, the lodge was closed forever when the owners declared bankruptcy following a government order to complete a $20,000 septic system upgrade. The sad reality of the modern Alaska Highway is that few travelers stop at these lodges anymore.

Highway construction west of Haines Junction, Yukon, in August 2002.
Construction west of Haines Junction, Yukon, in August 2002. The road through here used to be very narrow and very winding, with no shoulders. You can see one of the old sections of road in the distance.

Highway construction west of Haines Junction, Yukon, in July 2002
Construction west of Haines Junction, Yukon, in July 2002. Waits like this are seldom more than 15 minutes long. It is local custom that motorcycle riders go to the front of such lines, so they don't have to eat the dust of closed-in vehicles.

Boutillier Summit, Alaska Highway, Yukon
Looking north on the highway at Km 1630. The road is on the final climb to Boutillier Summit, at 1,003 meters (3,293 feet) the second-highest point on the highway. In the distance is the Kluane Range. This photo was shot in October 1992 - this section of the highway was substantially upgraded in 2000-2002.

Winter on the Alaska Highway at Km 1686 A late-February look at the modern highway as you go north at Km 1630, with Christmas Creek at the bottom of the little valley ahead.

Silver City, Yukon Km 1635.8: about 3.4 kilometers (2 miles) down a gravel road heading north towards Kluane Lake sits the largest ghost town in the Yukon, Silver City. Slowly but surely the town is disappearing as the buildings crumble and Mother Nature reclaims the site, but there's still lots to see.

The Alaska Highway at Sheep Mountain, Yukon
Heading north towards Sheep Mountain, home of one of the highest concentrations of wild sheep in the Yukon, in September 1990. In the distance is the Slims River Bridge, which was replaced by a new concrete structure in 2010.

Grizzly pawprints along the Slims River, Kluane Park, Yukon - September 1993

Just so you know whose country this is once you leave the pavement! Grizzly pawrints along the Slims River.

A huge blast during reconstruction of the Alaska Highway at Kluane Lake, Yukon
A huge blast during reconstruction of the Alaska Highway along Kluane Lake. Patience paid off here - the blast was delayed for well over an hour, so I'd been standing by the side of the highway with my camera set up on a tripod for almost 2 hours when it finally went off in July 1991.

Reconstruction of the Alaska Highway at Kluane Lake, Yukon in 2007
In 2007 the massive highway reconstruction project known as the Shakwak Project reached Sheep Mountain. This photo was taken in a light snow on October 6th, 2007.

Winter driving on the Alaska Highway
Winter driving on the Alaska Highway is enchanting in the extreme, particularly at night when you can easily drive for 5-6 hours without seeing another vehicle. January 1993.

The view from the Soldiers' Summit trail, over Kluane Lake to the Ruby Range of mountains.
Km 1650.8: Just west of the Tachal Dhal (Sheep Mountain) Interpretive Centre, the Soldiers' Summit Trail takes you up the original tote road to the spot where the road was opened on November 20, 1942. This is the view from the trail, over Kluane Lake to the Ruby Range of mountains, with one of several interpretive signs explaining the construction. The Alaska Highway can be seen below, winding around the granite cliffs along the lake shore.

Congdon Creek Campground - Kluane Lake, Yukon
Km 1662.5: This huge pullout has no services and is signed "No Camping" but is steps from the shore of Kluane Lake so offers a wonderful spot to take a break.

Congdon Creek Campground - Kluane Lake, Yukon
Km 1666: Congdon Creek Campground, with 39 large sites, 8 on the shore of Kluane Lake, and 31 in the forest. You can see many more photos from this September weekend at the campground here.

Camping on the beach, Kluane Lake, Yukon
Me, taking a couple of days off from tour bus driving on July 4, 1991. A good 4x4, a cold beer, and a campsite on the beach of Kluane Lake, Yukon, miles from anybody - does it get any better than this?

In August 1991, I took the Blazer up an illegal road that a friend had bulldozed up Halfbreed Creek into Kluane National Park near Burwash Landing. See a photo and more information about that here.

Driving on the ice of Kluane Lake, 6 miles from the nearest road, the Alaska Highway
Driving on the ice of Kluane Lake, 6 miles from the nearest road. The nearest community to this island is Burwash Landing, Yukon, also 6 miles away. The car has no special equipment. Photo taken in April 1993, during the Burwash Ice Races.

Duke River, Alaska Highway
Km 1709.5: The steel truss Duke River bridge seen ahead to the southeast in this photo was replaced by a concrete structure in 2009. The Duke River floods often and like most other rivers flowing from the Kluane mountain range, its constantly-shifting channel through gravel is a challenge for engineers.

Old Alaska Highway along the Kluane River, June 1, 2011
At Quill Creek, Km 1729, an abandoned section of the Alaska Highway leads 6.7 km (4.2 miles) to the Kluane River and a memorial to Lt. Roland Small of the US Army Corps of Engineers. He was killed here in 1942 when his jeep overturned. See an article about this interesting side road here.

Morning in a motorhome along the Alaska Highway
Km 1755.5: Morning at a rest area overlooking the Donjek River Valley and the Icefield Ranges. Could you stand to wake up here in the morning? Overnighting is legal in any of these pulloffs along the highway that don't have signs stating otherwise (there are very few of those). This photo was shot in August 1990.

The Donjek River Bridge, Alaska Highway, Yukon
Km 1761.6: The Donjek River Bridge as it was in September 1990. The width and unstable bottom of this river made the bridge one of the most difficult on the highway to engineer. It originally was 6 miles upstream, but the road had to be built over a lot of muskeg to get to that point.

Donjek River Bridge, Alaska Highway
A new Donjek River Bridge being built beside the old one, on July 23, 2006. The new bridge was opened to traffic in 2008.

The White River, looking north from the Alaska Highway bridge.
Km 1818.6: The White River, looking north from the Alaska Highway bridge. A flock of swallows, which nest under the bridge, can be seen to the right.

Km 1865: this is a section of roadway for testing various ideas to protect the permafrost lying under the roadway, and thus stabilize the road. See this page for more information.

Steel truss Beaver Creek Bridge, Yukon
Km 1868.6: The old steel truss bridge across Beaver Creek was being replaced by a concrete structure (and the highway raised several feet) when this photo was shot in August 2007.

Welcome to Beaver Creek, Yukon
Km 1870.6: Welcome to Beaver Creek, Yukon. With a population of just over 100, this is the most westerly community in Canada.

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church at Beaver Creek, Yukon
One of the most unique buildings in Beaver Creek is Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. It was built by Father Morriset in 1962 using a Butler hut (a redesign of the famous Quonset hut) left by the US Army after construction of the Alaska Highway was completed.

Permafrost area northwest of Beaver Creek, Yukon
Once past Beaver Creek, Yukon, the character of the country changes as the valleys become very wide. At this point, about Km 1880, the surrounding country is all permafrost, ground which never thaws except for the upper foot or so.

Welcome to Yukon sign at the Yukon/Alaska border on the Alaska Highway
Km 1902.5 (Historic Mile 1221): The Canada/USA (Yukon/Alaska) border. The US Customs post at Port Alcan is a few hundred yards further west. This photo looking east to the "Welcome to Yukon" sign and beyond, and the next 2 photos, were shot at the border in early June during a motorcycle ride from Whitehorse to Chicken and back. You can see a 3-part article with dozens of photos from that trip on The ExploreNorth Blog starting here.

Welcome to Alaska sign at the Yukon/Alaska border on the Alaska Highway
The "Welcome to Alaska" sign is certainly one of the most-photographed signs on the Alaska Highway.

The Canada/USA boundary marker and cut-line on the Alaska Highway
For 647 miles, the 141st Meridian West is the border between the Yukon Territory and Alaska. The International Boundary Commission, United States and Canada (IBC), is mandated by treaty to maintain an effective boundary line between the two countries. This is accomplished, in part, by keeping a 20-foot wide strip (10 feet in each country) clear of trees, brush and other obstructions and the boundary monuments in good repair. This is the view along the cut-line south from the Alaska Highway.

Looking west from Mile 1224.6, just west of Port Alcan, Alaska. September 1999.
Mile 1224.6: A brilliant sunset over Highway Lake, just west of Port Alcan, the US Customs entry port into Alaska.

Alaska Highway, September 1999
Looking east from the viewpoint on Highway Lake at Mile 1224.6.

The new Tanana River Bridge at Mile 1303 of the Alaska Highway
Mile 1303: The new Tanana River Bridge in late July, 2010. A particularly nice rest area was built beside it, at the site of the old bridge.

Winter on the Alaska Highway in Tok
Mile 1313.3: A popular truck stop in Tok, Fast Eddy's Restaurant, just before 8:00 a.m. in mid-February.

The intersection of the Alaska Highway and Midnight Sun Drive, Tok, Alaska, January 1993
My favourite sign along the highway! The intersection of the Alaska Highway and Midnight Sun Drive, Tok, Alaska. The signs are lit up by using a flash on my camera on this very dull day in January.

The Alaska Range, about 20 miles west of Tok, Alaska. Photo taken April 2000.
The Alaska Range along the south side of the Alaska Highway about 20 miles west of Tok, Alaska.

The End of the Alaska Highway monument - July 16, 2010
The "End of the Alaska Highway" monument at Delta Junction, Alaska - Historic Mile 1422.

Noon on the Alaska Highway on December 20, 2002
Winter provides some unique experiences. This photo was taken while driving southbound just north of Delta Junction, at exactly noon on December 20. Yes, that's as high as the sun gets! And in 2002, there really was almost no snow in late December.

All photos are © 1990-2021 by Murray Lundberg, and are not to be reproduced without permission.