Discover the Hidden Gems of Yukon: A Journey Through the Campbell/Canol

By Ivan PetrenkoJan 28, 2024 16:33 PMNews
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A view of a road winding through snow-capped mountain peaks under a cloudy sky in Yukon
A view of a road winding through snow-capped mountain peaks under a cloudy sky in Yukon. Source: unsplash

Embarking on the Campbell/Canol wilderness drive in Yukon, Canada, offers a serene and remote experience, teeming with fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities. This adventure navigates through the less-populated regions of Yukon, providing a true northern driving experience amidst mountains and alpine tundra of the South Canol.

According to breakingtravelnews, Yukon's network of highways ranks among the world's premier driving adventures, featuring seven scenic drives adorned with parks, historic sites, and abundant wildlife. The combination of breathtaking scenery, historical communities, cultural attractions, and adventure outings makes road touring in Yukon a unique experience. This land of Midnight Sun and vast wilderness beckons explorers to either embark on a single scenic drive or combine several for an extended tour.

For an authentic Yukon journey, the Campbell/Canol route stands out. Winding roads pass by lakes, rivers, and scenic vistas, while towns along the way offer historical, cultural, and natural diversions. Besides camping, fishing, and wildlife sightings, the route’s solitude and leisurely pace are its real highlights. The drive includes the Alaska, North Klondike, and Robert Campbell Highways, each offering a glimpse into the gold rush era, silver mining history, and the construction of the Alaska Highway. Cultural centers in Teslin and Carmacks display First Nations artistry, adding to the route's rich experience.

A Wilderness Road Less Travelled

The Robert Campbell Highway, a mostly-gravel road, traverses hours of untouched wilderness, offering high chances of wildlife encounters. The South Canol Road, connecting the Robert Campbell and Alaska Highways, is not suited for RVs and lacks services but compensates with excellent fishing and scenery. Quiet Lake, featuring a government campground and boat launch, is a secluded haven for those seeking tranquility.

A Multi-Day Adventure in Yukon’s Wilderness

The journey starts from Whitehorse, heading east on the Alaska Highway to the South Canol Road, leading into the spectacular Yukon wilderness. The itinerary includes camping along the South Canol, fishing in Quiet Lake, and paddling across Rose and Lapie lakes. Visits to Ross River and Faro offer wildlife viewing, including Fannin sheep, while Watson Lake is known for its Alaska Highway and northern lights attractions. The tour concludes with a return to Whitehorse, filled with campgrounds, historic sites, and diverse attractions.

Yukon: A Land of Wilderness and Wildlife

Yukon, located in Canada's upper Northwest corner, is an expansive wilderness paradise. Home to Mount Logan, North America's highest mountain, and vast non-polar icefields, it's a pristine, untouched region. Despite its size, comparable to Spain, Yukon's human population is sparse, making it a haven for wildlife. From caribou and moose to grizzly bears and diverse bird species, Yukon's natural wonders are unparalleled.

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