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THE ALASKA HIGHWAY

CAMPGROUNDS AND RV PARKS

In 1942, American Army Engineers took just nine months to rough out a supply road from Dawson Creek, BC, to the already completed Richardson Highway at Delta Junction, AK. Almost immediately, the project was turned over to civilian contractors, who proceeded to straighten, pave, and generally improve the route. Because of these improvements, there is a wide disparity between actual miles between points and historical mileposts used as addresses. To further add to the confusion, Canada uses the metric system and gives distances in kilometers. The distance from Dawson Creek to Fairbanks is usually given as 1,520 miles.

Although the highway is all paved, mostly with seal coat (oil and stones), there are always areas of construction or repaving with loose, dusty gravel. Construction has been tying up traffic and breaking windshields for years between Kluane Lake and the Alaska border. The good news is that the worst over. However, it appears that smaller contracts will continue to be let to gradually improve the highway, most recently around Kluane Lake. Call Yukon Community Transportation Services at (867) 667-3710 for a brochure detailing construction areas, info and emergency phone numbers, and radio stations with weather and road info broadcasts. Always stop at the Whitehorse Visitors Centre for an update.

There are scores of campgrounds along the highway, and travelers will have no trouble finding a place to pause. Please remember that camping or overnight parking at rest areas is not allowed in Canada, unless specifically posted with a set time limit. Overnight parking is okay in Alaska unless posted. Campground operators in the north charge very reasonable fees, have a short season to turn a profit, and must comply with strict environmental standards. Some of the campgrounds described here have paid to advertise on these pages and on the KARO maps. We try to visit or contact them all every season. Please include our advertisers in your travel plans, and tell them where you saw their ad. We only list business with some sort of camping or RV facilities. There are additional sources for gas, lodging, meals, etc. not mentioned here.

Provincial and municipal campgrounds generally have fire wood, fire pits, picnic tables, level gravel sites, tenting, water. A few have sanidumps. Prices are very reasonable. In the Yukon, you must purchase a coupon at certain business and government offices to pay for staying in a government campground. Do not put money into the box at the campground. This plan started in 1999, and may change, so watch for signs at the BC-YT border giving instructions. Two campgrounds we used in 2003 accepted cash payments. In BC there is now a fee for using campsites (not to be confused with provincial park campgrounds). Campsites are generally remote, have limited space and access, and are user maintained. To use a campsite you must buy a coupon at a business or government outlet and deposit the coupon at the site. Beginning with the 2001 season BC campgrounds charge an additional 50% for additional vehicles that drive into a site.

Distances given west of Dawson Creek are Historical Miles, which are still used as addresses. Actual and historical miles differ due to years of road rerouting. The popular guidebook MILEPOST (TM) gives the Historical Mile at the Alaska Border Crossing as 1221.8, and the actual distance to Dawson Creek as 1189.8. In Alaska, our list uses mile post distances, which have remained constant despite road rerouting.

Use the buttons at the left to navigate through the various Alaska Highway pages. For a mile by mile list of RV parks and campgrounds, start at the Dawson Creek page. For general highway information see the Alaska Highway/Northern British Columbia page.

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