Canol Road Tour

 

Trip Rating
Easy
Easy to moderate
Moderate to strenuous
Strenuous

Trip Length
11 days (begins and finishes in Skagway Alaska)

Activities
Mountain biking along dirt trail & roads in the Northeast Yukon

  Highlights
Pristine lakes, wildlife viewing opportunities, spectacular scenery, northern lights

Accommodations
8 nights camping & 2 nights lodging
 
Group Size
4-12 participants
 
Minimum age

14

Departures
2017
August 27th

Land Cost $US
$2,950/person (twin share)
 
Inclusions

Van support, guide, mountain bike & helmet, most meals

Venture by bike to the northern edge of the Rocky Mountains in the remote Northeast Yukon. During WW II, the US army constructed a road to bring oil from the Mackenzie River in the Northwest Territories to a refinery in Whitehorse. Two years after completion the project was abandoned.

The dirt road is still seasonally maintained by the Canadian government. The winding route takes you through some of the most beautiful northern country in this hemisphere.
Bike past pristine lakes with loons calling. View the scenic splendour of the autumn colours in reds and golds. Watch the Northern Lights put on a show while a wolf howls in the distance. Join us for a true wilderness experience.

 

Canol Road Tour Details
The following daily itinerary is an outline of our activities. The schedule may vary due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Please contact us with any questions.

Day 1 - The group convenes in the afternoon in Skagway, Alaska. After fitting you to a bike and a brief orientation ride around town, we will drive north into Canada to Johnson's Crossing. We stay in a motel for the night.

Day 2 -
You hop on the bikes, make adjustments and loosen up your cycling legs on the winding dirt road. During the evening we relax by a campfire at a quiet Yukon lake. 47 miles

Day 3 - Black spruce and willow line the road as you skirt by small lakes and rivers heading into the Pelly Mountains. The quiet and solitude of this country prevails. Tonight we camp on the shore of Lapie Lake. Sitting by the fire brings Robert Service prose to life. 50 miles

Day 4 - Gentle rolling hills and curves melt by as you cycle along. The route descends into the Lapie River Canyon as you near the end of the South Canol Road. We cross the Campbell Highway and make our way to the village of Ross River. We spend tonight in a hotel. 40 miles

Day 5 - Our trail continues north towards the Arctic Circle. We board the Pelly River ferry to cross to the opposite shore where the North Canol Road begins. We shuttle by van to the north end of the road and camp at Macmillan Pass along the northern edge of the Rocky Mountains.

Day 6 - Today is spent exploring the pass and relaxing while enjoying the fall colours. For those wishing to venture further by bike on a day trip, the route continues into the NWT as the Canol Heritage Trail.

Day 7 - Back on the bikes we drop into an open valley with the Itsi Mountains to the east. Rusty vehicle relics from the WW II era line the road. We cross the Macmillan River many times as we descend the pass. Tonight we camp overlooking the Macmillan Valley. 50 miles

Day 8 - The road traverses the remains of an old forest fire that swept through the region. Fireweed lines the way as we leave the Continental Divide behind. We camp by a Lake. 35 miles

Day 9 - The last day of riding takes us back to Ross River where we spend the night reflecting on the country we've travelled. We stay at the hotel in Ross River for the evening. 65 miles

Day 10 - We get an early start for the drive south to Whitehorse and then Skagway, arriving in the early evening. We check into the Mile Zero B&B. You will have time to explore the town before meeting the group for dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 11 - We enjoy a final breakfast together at the B&B before saying our goodbyes. The day is free to explore Skagway on your own and complete any final shopping before heading home or extending your Alaskan adventure.