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Scenes From the Road: Alaska Highway Week Two

2013/09/04by Donna Hull

The second week of our Alaska Highway adventure takes us on a side trip from the Cassiar Highway to Stewart, British Columbia, at the head of the Portland Canal, which is actually a very long fjord. Along the way, glaciers slip over the mountains of the coastal range, their icy tongues sometimes reaching close to the road as is the case with Bear Glacier.

Glacier watching near Stewart, British Columbia

Bear Glacier near Stewart, British Columbia

Hyder, Alaska, is a short drive from Stewart. It’s also the location of the Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site in the Tongass National Forest. Visitors walk a wooden platform that parallels Fish Creek. From late-July until mid-September salmon arrive in the creek to spawn and the clear waters become the perfect fishing grounds for grizzlies, black bears, wolves, eagles and other bird species. We were lucky to see a female grizzly roam the creek in the early morning looking for a breakfast.

Grizzly bear at Fish Creek near Hyder Alaska

Grizzly bear looking for breakfast at Fish Creek

Just as the grizzly finished breakfast, a wolf appeared. In a flash, the wolf had caught his or her first salmon of the morning and bit into the head to eat the brains, leaving the remains of the fish for scavenger birds like seagulls.

Wolf at Fish Creek Wildlife Observation site in Hyder, Alaska

A wolf with his breakfast at Fish Creek Wildlife Observation site

The Cassiar Highway connects the Yellowhead Highway with the Alaska Highway in northern British Columbia. And its one scenic but very isolated ride. We seldom saw another car.

Cassiar Highway in northern British Columbia

Mountain scenery on the Cassiar Highway

The Yukon Territory can truly be called the land of a thousand lakes. No wonder there are so many mosquitos. This beautiful scene was behind our lodging at the Yukon Motel in Teslin.

lake near Teslin Yukon on the Alaska Highway

One of the many lakes that you’ll see in Yukon Territory on the Alaska Highway

Although our stop in White Horse was intended for rest and relaxation off the road, we did take time to walk the trails at Miles Canyon. It was a fun ending to Alaska Highway Week Two.

Trails at Miles Canyon in White Horse, Yukon Territory

Exploring the trails along Miles Canyon in White Horse

Next week on the Alaska Highway road trip we visit gold rush history in Dawson City, ¬†drive on Top of the World Highway and finally reach Alaska. What will our adventures look like? Check back next week to see. And don’t miss Scenes from the road: Alaska Highway Week One

Read the entire collection of Alaska Highway road trip articles to plan your own trip. Boomer adventure guaranteed.

Have you visited this part of the world? Post a comment to share your experiences. Alan and I are already planning our next adventure in this part of the world.


A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas.

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Jackie Smith
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September 4, 2013 at 7:44 am

Donna, Your photos look just like I’ve imagined the area to look like. . .a most interesting road trip you are taking!
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Donna Hull
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September 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Thanks, Jackie. It’s been a beautiful trip and you haven’t even seen the best part yet!
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Gaelyn September 6, 2013 at 10:59 am

Loving this. Alaska is SO on my list but will have to wait until I retire from my summer work as there’s no way I’d go in winter.
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Kenin Bassart
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September 6, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Awesome! So glad you made the trip! These pictures remind me of our trip last year, except without all the snow :-) The Cassiar Highway was crazy beautiful, but highly isolated in the winter as well.
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Suzanne Fluhr (Boomeresque)
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September 7, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Do you have to take extra precautions when traveling in such isolated places. I would imagine that cell phone connectivity is sketchy at best and that has stations are few and far between.
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Nancy Keaton
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September 8, 2013 at 7:57 am

I am SO enjoying following your trip each day. It’s a trip that my husband and I also want to do someday. You usually only hear about cruises to Alaska and never hear about driving there so this information is really nice. Have a great time!

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