Roadtripping Northern BC and The Yukon

Updated: Aug 23, 2019

Back in the summer of 2017 we set out on a road trip, direction: North.

We traveled the iconic Alaska Highway, saw the gold rush town of Dawson City, drove the Dempster Highway and came within two hundred kilometers of the Arctic Circle before heading South again. We also lost a wheel, saw more bears than we could count (we stopped at 40), checked out the largest, road accessible glacier in the world, and drank a cocktail with a dead toe in it.

I hope what follows can be of some help if you're planning a trip up North yourself.

Melanie, her brother, my cousin, my brother and myself started out in Calgary, and also did Southern BC and Alberta. For this post I'll start and end the itinerary in Prince George, however, the gateway to Northern British Columbia, and focus on Northern BC and the Yukon. Don't worry, we'll talk about the other regions in future posts.

Here's a google map of the trip, so you can follow along.

The green line represents our route, approximately 5300 km long, the grey lines are side-trips or extensions that would be worth looking into, and that I wish we did; I'll mention those when they are relevant.

Prince George to The Alaska Highway

Maybe you came from Vancouver, maybe you visited the Rocky Mountain parks of Banff and Jasper, either way, Prince George is your gateway to the North; it has all the amenities you need, a decent sized airport with great connections from Vancouver and makes for a great starting and ending point for a beautiful loop through the North..