At The TableThey started constructing the Alcan during WWII so that the then territory of Alaska could be defended, or perhaps so that the citizens could retreat into Canada in case of invasion. Either way we owe so much to war, here in the north.
This northern part of the highway between the border at Port Alcan Alaska and Destruction Bay Yukon is still under construction. It is the last part to be widened, straitened and raised up out of the swampy ground the original route followed.
At two sections of construction we pulled around the motorhomes to wait for the pilot cars at the head of the line. At the southern section we were greeted by soft, wet dirt, that the Canadian crews had just put down in order to test our riding skills.Other sections were either dusty or just plain rough. Rolling along if you look you can see parts of the original now abandoned road. Some of this roadbed came from the gravel pit I once, quite by accident led the friends I was traveling with on bikes and several very large motorhomes who for some reason followed us up its narrow dead end road.
Bear Flats Lodge Koidern Yukon
None of the old road is left now, and almost all of the old lodges, are shuttered.
At the Kluane B&B Pauline the proprietor told me that in the 70’s and 80’s travelers were looking for the nostalgia of the old road, but now a days people only want to want to go as fast as they can, to get to where ever they are going.
Silver City Yukon