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Headline: 'New Bus Service Opens on Alcan Highway, Whitehorse - Dawson Creek


    WHITEHORSE, Y.T., Sept. 27 [1945]
A twice-weekly bus service between Whitehorse and Dawson Creek starts October 1. The owners are the British Yukon Navigation Company.
    Buses will be taken over from the U.S.A. Army fleet. They are modern and have specially built heating systems.
    The Highway is in excellent shape throughout and its maintenance is now assured. The new bus service will offer a trip of two nights and three days. Sleeping arrangements have been made at Lower Post and Mile 300 (near Watson Lake), and at Fort Nelson.
    A one-way ticket will be $50 and rounds trips $75. The company was requested by the United States Army to launch the new service and provided four 21-passenger buses. In addition four buses built at Vancouver will be put on the service. These have Dodge chassis and Hicks bodies.
    Launching of the new service will provide employment for mechanics and service station operators on the Highway and will also make openings for eating-houses and stopping-places between here and the North. Through passengers to Fairbanks will transfer at Whitehorse.
    Stops will be made at every fifty miles. One of the outstanding attractions will be the stop at the tropical springs at the Liard River, and at this point it is intended to have a modern hotel.
    Public outcry, both here and in Alaska and the U.S.A., against closing the Alaska Highway has at last borne fruit. Oldtimers in the Yukon were especially active in asking for the new service.
    While winter travel over the line may be limited, there are vast numbers of tourists who have flooded Yukon and Alaska authorities with enquiries as to the chances of travel over the great north road.
    Buses will leave here Mondays and Thursdays.


  • it is not known which newspaper this article originally appeared in - it has been copied from the scrapbook of Frances Bennett, held by the the Fort St. John - North Peace Museum.
  • for more information on the "tropical springs at the Liard River", see the illustrated feature Liard Hot Springs.

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