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We have our summer trip to AB/BC and now AK roughly mapped out. Any major roads likely to be closed because of snow in passes? We plan to camp a few days, sightsee the area with our toad, then move 150/200 miles and repeat the process.

After looking at the map we decided to do Alaska on this trip as well. We had previously posted that Alaska would be on a separate trip but now are combining the two. Our timing is Banff in late may for a week or so, then all of June in BC, then on to Alaska for all of July.. then back to the lower 48 via a different route than we went up on.


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I would be surprised if there were many closures at that time of year, though I don't have much personal experience to draw from. It's well in the prime RV travel season through those areas.

When are you visiting Yukon? Obviously you'll be passing through it, at least, to get from BC to Alaska, but there are plenty of things worth lingering a little longer for as well. Whitehorse and Dawson City both deserve a couple days minimum in my opinion, and there are many wonderful natural areas as well.





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Was closed May 26 through the 29th at Ft. Nelson up through Steamboat Hill in 2016.

We got stuck in Ft. Nelson for 3 days.

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Early June in the Canadian Rockies can be an experience! In 2012 we had to detour around a washout of Hyway 8 and then in 2016 folks were stranded in a roadside turnout for a day while snow was cleared off the road! The good news is the road will only be blocked for two or three days, if at all. It makes for a good time to explore the local area while clean-up takes place!

There is a good chance Lake Louise will still be snow covered in early June.

Don't forget you are going for the experience. If you wanted interstate highways you could stay in the lower 48!


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Shouldn't be too many closures due to weather at that time, but construction delays are another animal.
Try this website for BC road conditions and problems as the time for your trip approaches. It's got road closures, traffic events, and construction zones current and planned, in either lists format or on the map view, and live webcams.
http://www.drivebc.ca/

As for the Yukon, it's pretty much the same story.
Try these for info when you're departure date approaches.
http://www.511yukon.ca/en/
http://www.yukoninfo.com/yukon-road-report/

This one says it's a demo. Check the "Incidents and Activities" box in the left margin to show more info.
http://ykdemo.telenium.ca/en/map.html#l=48&x=-14747197&y=8896332&z=0&lb=1&rb=1


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We did a similar trip last year. We left Arizona on May 21st, stayed in Banff starting on May 27th and entered Alaska June 14th. No snow, expect what we saw on distant mountain tops. A fabulous trip - enjoy - safe travels!

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George,
EXCELLENT advice from MDKMDK! Bookmark those links as they will definitely come in handy during your trip.

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In Alberta, Hwy 40 over Highwood Pass is closed till mid June - to protect wildlife. This is the highest paved pass in Alberta, and is a scenic way into Banff from the south.

The Parkway in Banff might also have a wildlife closure at this time. The freeway will be open of course.

The highest paved pass in BC is Kootenay Pass on Hwy 3 (Crowsnest); it is open year around with possible closures for avalanche control.

Kootenay - 1,775 m (5,823 ft)
Bow Pass - 2,088 m (6,850 ft) (Icefields)
Highwood - 2,206 m (7,238 ft)

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All roads were open for us in June 2015 through BC and the Yukon.


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I highly doubt that you will see snow on anything but the high mountains in early June, but in the mountains anything is possible.

I would be more aware that at time of year, the spring melt will be in full swing. A big snow year in the mountains means lots of run-off and full rivers.

You should also be aware that forest fire season starts about then and could affect your travel plans in a big way.

I second MDKMDK's suggestions for useful websites.

Just a few suggestions for routes.....
Highway 93 (Icefields Parkway) from Lake Louise to Jasper is awesome at that time of year
Highway 37 (Deas Lake Highway) from Kitwanga to the Alaska Highway near Watson Lake, Yukon is a scenic route
Also a side trip from 37 along 37A to Stewart, BC is neat.
Highway 2 (The Klondike Highway) south from Carcross, BC turns into US 98 and ends up in Skagway, Alaska. Very cool!

Where ever you go in BC/Yukon, you won't be disappointed if scenery is your thing.


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