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RE: Cassiar Highway

From Stewart it’s still 1,400 miles to the Canada / Alaska boarder at Beaver Creek. I think your mixing up miles with KM. it is 1400km which is a 14+ hour drive between stewart and beaver creek. Oops… :S
SideHillSoup 01/27/23 01:02pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Cassiar Highway

Sorry about my misunderstanding on your post… As for the spot and garmin, it’s most likely has something to do with the SOS feature, as it could be triggered accidentally, not easily but it can. I know around here were I live the BC Mountains, S.A.R’s. ( Search and Rescue) are getting a bunch of false alarm SOS notifications from Apple Wrist Watches after people who are wearing them fall down skiing/ snowboarding and snowmobiling. There is some feature on the phone that activates an SOS type alarm when there is sudden impact or something, not sure if the feature, but it can be disabled on the watches. I’m betting people with SPOT’s have activated the SOS feature by mistake on a few cruise ships which send a whole bunch of people running around trying to figure out what’s what, and when a SOS signal comes in and the location is out as sea… there would be planes choppers and ships moving before they found out it was a false alarm. Last weekend we had the area’s SAR’s team up practicing / training in our snowmobile area with Avalanche Beacon’s and that exact subject came up about the watches. They said that SAR’s have to go out and check every time one is activated just like a “hang up” 911 call.
SideHillSoup 01/27/23 08:32am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Cassiar Highway

I think you’re underestimating the distance from Seattle to just the Boarder at Beaver Creek Yukon and Alaska, and in a RV to from Seattle to Alaska in 4 to 5 days? I live in BC and my wife is from Stewart which is on Hwy 37-A, we usually take a week to drive/ camp and that’s just to get to Stewart, which is still a long ways from Alaska. From Stewart it’s still 1,400 miles to the Canada / Alaska boarder at Beaver Creek. It’s just about 1000 miles from Seattle to Stewart BC. And if your final destination is Anchorage Alaska, that’s another 425 miles from the Border at Beaver Creek Yukon. Seattle to Anchorage is just about 2300 miles. If you’re using Google drives times don’t they are wrong, especially in the mountains, they are never correct, you always need to had time to your trip, and sometimes a lot . When Google came up with theses drive times, they were in a car, not a RV. You will be stopping more often for fuel in an RV, plus traffic, slow semi’s in front of you on hills on 2 lane Hwys, road construction, wildlife and possibly of hwy accidents they all slow you down, your not on a interstate hwy. I’m using Stewart as it is located on Hwy 37-A which is a sub hwy off or Hwy 37, and probably one of the most spectacular 35 mile drives anywhere (Meziadin Jct on hwy 37 to Stewart BC on Hwy 37-A) You’re going to be having a lot of windshield time on this 4 to 5 day “trip” to Alaska. You also won’t have much time for hiking with an average daily drive distance of 400 to 500 miles depending, and like I said RV’s don’t travel as fast on the Hwys as a car. It will be spring and with that comes pot holes and frost heaves everywhere especially the farther north you go, that will also slow you down. There will probably be guys out working on the Hwys which will also slow you down. The other thing about May, is “when” in May are you planing this trip to Alaska? The start of May is early for most campgrounds in BC where it is cold especially at night. There will be some campgrounds open at the begging of May however you may find a lot of campgrounds won’t be open until “around” the third week of May which in BC, we have Victoria Day long weekend ( 3rd Monday of May) it all depends on where they are located. I know of some that don’t open until June and I’m taking BC Provincial Parks campgrounds. There are some campgrounds that will open at the begging of April however theses types of campgrounds are either on Vancouver Island, the lower mainland ( Vancouver area) or the Okanogan valley, where it’s much warmer than most of the rest of BC. There are private and some community campgrounds as well, but the colder the weather the later they open. Now a lot of people say just to boondock, but those places are getting harder to find because of ignorant people the last few years that have left theses road side “parking spots” in a mess. My wife’s friend works for the Hwys dept for Hwy 37 and he says they are starting to block so off “spots” because of ignorant people. I’m not saying every place is blocked for access but they are starting to watch and block access where needed. Have you thought about a side trip Barkerville or over to Watson Lake and the Sign post Forrest? or up to Dawson City Yukon, of the Klondike Rush fame? Or visiting all the little museums in the towns and villages on your route? In my opinion you’re going to be missing a lot on your super fast trip through British Columbia and the Yukon. Myself I would be spending way way more days in the trip north to Alaska. I hope you guys have a fabulous trip whatever you decide. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/26/23 10:08am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Best itinerary for Alaska

In BC Park Campgrounds, Campsites are available for anyone, doesn’t matter the size of type of rig, with the exception of Handicapped Sites. A lot of the time people coming into a campground might only find the one site is available and it is a large site, so that’s what they take. Other times it might be the location of the site, like right on the lake shore so it’s taken for that reason. The BC Parks reservation site map when clicking on a particular “site” will show the size of the site. And in the reservation system when you fill out your profile and there is a box where you add the in your rigs type and length and when you enter a site number, it will show you if you will fit. You don’t have to necessarily book a reservation, but you can use the system to help you find the sites that will be big enough for your rig, then you would have a list of sites to drive by to see if they are available or by using reservation system see if it is already full before you even get there. As well a “lot” of BC Park overflows are basically a gravel parking lot or a field which will also be available if required, and that if the campground has an overflow. You can’t just boondock in a Canadian National Park or a Provincial Park, you must stay in a campground. Southern BC and south western Alberta are very busy in the summer time for camping, so just driving up to find a site, May already be putting you in the over flow, for the more popular campgrounds. Once you get about 1/3 of the way up BC and Alberta things open up more for vacancies in campgrounds and places to boondock. Prince George BC and Edmonton Alberta are just over 1/3 of the way up the provinces. I pulled a 35ft 5th wheel all over western USA and western Canada and I didn’t ever find a place that I couldn’t park, but I did do some research. The biggest issue and one that ever person with an RV should remember is that a lot of theses campgrounds are in the Forrest, and with that comes low hanging branches. In my truck and camper I’m inches under 12 ft high, and I am for ever looking up and around when driving through campgrounds for those low hanging branches. I have been bitten by some of those branches before, so I am talking from experience, so heads up.
SideHillSoup 01/03/23 11:25am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Best itinerary for Alaska

It’s been a few months since this post was really moving along, however today, someone asked a question and the tread is alive again. I will add a couple of comments: Slow driving: If your going to drive slow because of wildlife, road conditions or just to better view the sights, check your mirrors often and if you start backing up traffic, pull off to the side of the Hwy when safe to do so and allow the faster traffic to pass. Even if there is no place to pull completely off the road to allow people to pass, don’t hug the Centre line, this way people behind you can see what coming down the Hwy towards you, and they don’t have to stick their nose out into on coming traffic to pass. The worst offenders of the “backing up traffic” I find are RV Caravan tours, them people like to bunch up and drive close to each other for some reason, and if they are driving slow, they can back up local and other types of traffic a long long ways, I especially see this in the Mountains around here. Rock chips: Getting rock chips in your windshield or on front facing body parts of your vehicle is an every day occurrence in Canada. Our vehicle insurance policies here in BC cover the repair of rock chips for free or you might have to pay a small fee like $20. Every winter we get snow and ice on our Hwys, and every year the Hwys people sand and plow the Hwys. Them rocks usually will have been moved off the Hwys by traffic on the Hwy by late spring, but some little sneaky rocks will hang around waiting just for the right kind of windshield or colour hood to put a rock chip in. On long trips I carry the manufacture’s touch up paint with me “just in case ” I also have an old glass cutting tool that I also carry incase of a rock chip that looks to maybe turn into a spider. I put a deep scratch across the rock chip finger to “try” and stop it from spreading. When I bought my truck new, they day I drove it home in July a car passed me going the other way, threw up a rock, and yup, first rock chip in my windshield,,, and only 28 kms on the truck… I cried… and I only live 3.5 hrs north of Spokane Washington, in southeastern BC, no where near Alaska. Enjoy your trip Soup.
SideHillSoup 12/30/22 10:10am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: its about time

I take it you talking about Ontario ? BC it’s a maximum length of stay of 14 nights, and has been fir years.
SideHillSoup 12/29/22 08:24am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Icefields Parkway first week in June

SideHillSoup C to F 1. double the C (20 + 20 = 40) 2. subtract 10% of the result (40 - 4 = 36) 3. add 32 (36 + 32 = 68f) Did you see the part in my post that said “ By no means is this calculation exact but it’s close”
SideHillSoup 12/23/22 08:41am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Icefields Parkway first week in June

Here in Southeastern BC in the West Kootenays, we were camping and woke up to fresh snow on the mountains on June 30th this past summer. The snow level was above us, at about 3000 to 4000 ft elevation.
SideHillSoup 12/22/22 07:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Taking dog to alaska from questions

Bringing Pet food into Canada: Pet food into Canada Human Food Requirements for pet to enter Canada. We travel across into the USA and back in to Canada all the time camping, as we have relatives in Washington, Oregon and Arizona and have been doing it since the 60’s. What we always do, is never pack, meat, vegetables, Fruit and booze. However my uncle in Oregon had his own personal bar in his work shop, and we always had to bring down some particular type of Rye and Beers for him. But we know the volume amounts permitted and that was all we brought. Now since he has passed away, we don’t take booze across in either direction either. We travel with our cat when we are camping and she has been everywhere in both countries. She eats hard food so cat food type is a non issue for us, however read and understand the Canadian Govt links I posted above , and if they are unclear just called them they will be more than happy to help. And you require proof of vaccination for your dog to enter Canada, as per the link above. Have a fabulous trip Soup.
SideHillSoup 12/22/22 03:40pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Icefields Parkway first week in June

Quickest and easiest way to convert from celsius to fahrenheit is double the Celsius number and add 30 to it. By no means is this calculation exact but it’s close. This conversion does NOT work for trying to figure out from km/h to mph. 20c would be 20 + 20 + 30 = 70. Years ago on an Australian Cruise, I told to 2 older ladies from New York City this. They were having a heck of a time figuring out the conversion from c to f. After I showed them the quick easy and “close” way to calculate the temperature I got free beers every time they saw me on the ship for the next 3 weeks… I think I cost those two gals a lot of money… Soup.
SideHillSoup 12/19/22 07:21pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Icefields Parkway first week in June

Here is the site for Hwy Web Cams for Alberta. There are no web cams between Lake Louise and Jasper. You will see Hwy cams at Jasper itself, Lake Louise, Castle Jct ( 1/2 way between LL and Banff and at Banff. Alberta Hwy Cams Here is the link to BC Hwy Cams BC Hwy Cams At the end of the “Hwy 1” list it shows the same Hwy cams that I listed above in Alberta. Here are some other web cams from around the Kootenays in the south east corner of BC which bumps up against the Canadian Rocky Mountains which is the boarder between BC from Alberta at the Continental Divide. Kootenay web cams. Soup.
SideHillSoup 12/19/22 08:23am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: cell phone

I haven’t been going up and down the west coast of BC and Alaska either , however I agree with ssthrd, in my 4 cruises, and ferry rides up and down the coast, as we have stayed before it’s very spotty and usually only get cell service close to civilization and I have tried with my cell phone with Telus as the provider. Oh, I’m old
SideHillSoup 12/15/22 02:03pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: cell phone

Nope, well kinda…. sorta… You will get some cell service between Vancouver and Port Hardy, but about 15 minutes sailing time north of Port Hardy you loose cell service. You will pick it up sometimes but is is very very spotty. Now that’s from my BC Ferry, to Bella Coola and from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy plus 4 Cruise’s to Alaska ( and back) plus driving up and down the east side of Vancouver island, experience. Last trip by boat was in 2019, so things could have changed by then.
SideHillSoup 12/14/22 05:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaskan Camping guide

You can send away to Yukon Tourism people and they will send you a map a guides that list all the campgrounds in the Territorial Campgrounds free, or at least they did last year when I ordered mine. For BC you can stop at any Visitors Information centres. ( has a list of where theses places are located. See yo up there this summer Tuktoyaktuk is in our plans this year. Soup.
SideHillSoup 11/24/22 05:24pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska - 2023

We just back 9/20 /22 from Alaska, in Seward the diesel was $5.69 gal at one place in Canada we paid $2.28 ca per liter. The price varies on the region with the south Canada being much cheaper. Also check to see your weight a bridge was damaged badly by a tanker fire and is limited to 30,000 lbs limit near fort nelson. As of this morning that bridge on the Alaska Hwy south of Fort Nelson and just north of Pink Mountain is now rated for approximately 140,000 lbs ( 63,500 kg) and repair work continues. BC Hwy 97 Bridge weight ( Alaska Hwy)
SideHillSoup 09/22/22 07:46am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska - 2023

In most areas of BC and Alberta the campgrounds don’t even open until May long weekend ( Victoria Day weekend which is the third Monday in May. The reason for that is the fear of water freezing at night in the campground infrastructure, and lack of tourists in cool / cold weather. During the weekend a earlier opening campground might be nearly full, but come the weekdays they clear out and only leave a few of us retired people to keep the outhouse toilet seats warm. Pretty hard to justify keeping people on the payroll when they are only providing service to a few campers during the week days. This is not to say there aren’t campgrounds , Provincial, national, community or private open early, however if your planing on staying in Campgrounds the farther north you go the colder it will be. The spring of 2017, 18, 19, 20 and 21 were very warm up here, my wife keeps a travel camping log book and those years we started camping in the bush early. In 2020 one FSRS ( Forrest Service Rec Site, which are off road campsites with no amenities) we got into at the beginning of May which is unheard of, usually we are in some snow and have in the past got some snow over night. Last spring we started camping at the beginning of May and we froze our butts, wind, cold rain and yes…snow, and kept freezing our butts until the end of June. Our last day camping before the July 1st long weekend ( Canada day) when we woke up there was fresh snow on the mountains above us. You can travel anywhere you want at any time of the year if your prepared. Myself I wouldn’t heading north until at least the 2nd to 3rd week of May. Heck last spring I was snowmobiling the 1st week of April and we only live 3 hrs north of Spokane Washington in British Columbia. Good luck on your adventure Soup. This was May 21, 2022, about 2.5 hrs north northwest of the Washington BC boarder above Spokane.
SideHillSoup 09/16/22 08:25am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska - 2023

Sirius radio doesn't work here in Ak, it sort of works in Canada but not well. Sirius suggested it was my reciever antenna. June through early July is fairly dry on the Kenai late July through September it rains most days. In British Columbia and parts of Alberta I have gotten Sirius Radio as far north that I have personally found was on Hwy 37 at Meziadin Junction. Once I turned down the Hwy into Stewart on Hwy 37-A I lost it all together. It also works from Prince Rupert BC all the way east to Cold Lake Alberta. It also worked on Haida Gwaii. However I will state that it is spotty at times when you drive on the edge of the eastern side of a mountain / sharp bank etc. I will also add theses same mountains and sharp banks also block the signal where I live in south eastern BC which is 3 hrs north of Spokane Washington. Just like the old days… ya loose radio signal.
SideHillSoup 09/12/22 04:51pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska - 2023

For the OP, I'd second most of the destinations suggested by Wadcutter as good places to visit. It is beautiful country around Chicken, but (IMHO) that's the draw, not the town itself. Similarly in my view, Valdez and Juneau are scenic spots and great starting points for "adventures", but I believe the "adventures" can be duplicated in other parts of AK. If one catches the right combo of weather and seasons, the drive from Glennallen to Valdez can be spectacular in late summer / early fall. I've always enjoyed Whitehorse, Watson Lake, Muncho Lake, and Dawson Creek. It is striking to me how much all of those have changed since '74. One should be cautious about frost heaves, but..again opinion...the biggest concern is if one is trying to flog a big MH or 5th wheel along the Alaskan / Canadian roads like they were on a freeway in the L48. ...and you neither want to hit a moose in AK nor a buffalo in Canada. 'nuff said. And not to further pound the horseflesh, but: My dad worked on the road during it's construction for a few months as a catskinner, called it the "Alcan"; in '74, my first trip, it was referred to, in Alaska anyway, as the "Alcan"; upon entering Canada (if coming from Alaska) or entering Dawson Creek otherwise, the road was referred to as the "Alaska Highway" on road signs, billboards, sign forest, etc; and, sometime in the early '80's when there were enough roads that I had to look at a map, the Alcan / Alaska Highway had road numbers, either "BC #xxx" or something similar. The nomenclature doesn't really matter, but in my 7th decade now, I've become habitual about calling the road the "Alcan". No pounding here either, my uncle was a surveyor for the Canadian Govt, and was working with the US and Canadian governments jointly building the Alaska Hwy during its entirety. He was actually working in the Yukon for mining companies at the time the war broke out in 1939 and joined up then. He was then stationed in Ottawa and shortly after that because of is northern experience sent back to the Yukon / Northern BC to work on securing the northern guard, what that meant I have no idea, he didn’t talk about it, as he died when I was in my 20’s back in the 70’s. There are many names for different things in this world, However I will always call that Hwy the Alaska Hwy because my Uncle Jack worked on it for start to finish, and that’s what he called it. He lived in Whitehorse from 1937 to 1976, so he had some seniority of northern life. Oh, I’m in 7th decade as well. Cheers
SideHillSoup 08/25/22 12:15am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska - 2023

Need to go to "". Need to follow instructions to make it easier even though there is no guarantee on entrance to Canada. Must be done within 72 hours of border crossing. It’s called the ArriveCAN App. Needed to enter Canada as of August 24/22
SideHillSoup 08/24/22 12:14pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska - 2023

First item, don't call it the AL-Can. It is the Alaska Highway. You will be pushing a lot even for four months. As earlier post suggests delete lower 48. Only place you may need reservations is Denali area. There are many campgrounds that are open later in year plus lots of places to spend the night. It's the Alcan to those of use who have been in Alaska for a long time. Bill :D my Uncle was a Canadian who helped build the Hwy during the war. He lived and raised his family in Whitehorse for the remainder of his life ( Uncle Jack) he called it the Alaska Hwy. :W
SideHillSoup 08/24/22 12:09pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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