The 2,232 km (1,387 mi) Alaska Highway was constructed during WWII to counter the threat of Japanese attack on the west coast of North America. A joint effort between the US and Canada, the Highway was a tremendous feat of roadbuilding, making its way through some of the most remote and barren land on the continent. Even after it was completed, the rough road remained difficult to travel, and to this day the Highway receives constant upgrades, though it is in much better shape than it was in the past. These days, the Highway is quite popular with recreationists and travelers wishing to see the majestic landscape and unique attractions of Canada’s north. The Alaska Highway is a one-of-a-kind driving experience – here are our favourite places to stop along its Yukon stretch:

 

Sign Post Forest

This is the most famous attraction in Watson Lake, the first town that you will pass through on the Alaska Highway in the Yukon, and its story dates back to the highway’s construction. In 1942, a homesick U.S. soldier erected a sign indicating the direction and mileage to his hometown of Danville, Illinois. Others followed suit, to the extent that today there are over 77,000 signs in the Forest, pointing to destinations all over the world. You can bring your own sign, or make one at the Visitor’s Centre.

Upper Liard River Bridge 

For anglers, this is a great spot to stop and drop a line in the Liard River, where you will have a chance to reel in a grayling, Dolly Varden, lake trout or northern pike. There’s no better way to break up a road trip than with a fishing stop – you’ll get back behind the wheel feeling refreshed and reenergized, and you may just have some fresh-caught dinner to take along, as well.

Teslin Tlingit Heritage Center

For a glimpse into the Yukon’s rich indigenous heritage in a spectacular setting, be sure to stop at the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Center. Located right on Teslin Lake and featuring stunning views of Lone Sheep Mountain, you will pass by five locally carved Clan poles on your way into the gallery, which showcases modern and traditional Tlingit arts and culture. A traditional fish camp is on site and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to witness some of the Center’s open-air demonstrations of the Tlingit way of life.

Beringia Interpretive Center

Beringia refers to the now submerged sub-continent that connected Asia with North America, and it is across this land bridge that humans are thought to have first crossed over into North America. This wild land was also home to mammoths and other ancient creatures. In this beautifully constructed center, located in downtown Whitehorse, you will find exhibits on the human and natural history of Beringia, giving you a glimpse into a lost world.

 

 

Kluane Lake

This is the largest lake contained entirely within the Yukon’s borders, at 400 km² and 70 km long. The lake is fed by the Kaskawulsh Glacier and drains into the Kluane River. On windy days the lake becomes quite turbulent, resembling an ocean more than a lake. Surrounded by imposing mountain peaks, this is an impressive example of nature at its rawest, and will make you rethink your definition of “lake!”

Takhini River

Stop at km 1,454 for a viewpoint over the Takhini River. This is a great place to stretch your legs, breathe in the fresh Yukon air and take in a bit of scenery. Along with great views over the river, you can check out some interpretive signage about the old Dawson Trail, which was the main travel route for stagecoaches between Whitehorse and Dawson City – be thankful you are travelling by car!

 

 

Aishihik River

Also known as Canyon Creek, this beautiful river was pictured on Canada’s $5 bill during the 1950s. Not far from where the Highway crosses the river, you can see a replica of one of the original wooden bridges which allowed some of the first prospectors and pioneers to cross the Aishihik. Although it might look primitive, the bridge led more than a few hardy souls to great fortune in the Alaska goldfields. 

 

 

Da Ku Cultural Centre

This innovative facility is located in Haines Junction and celebrates the culture and traditions of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. There are guided tours of indoor and outdoor exhibits, cultural events, displays from local artists and more. For a look into Yukon’s vibrant First Nations heritage, this is a great place to stop. 

 


 

 

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