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Posted: 09/13/17 10:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TCers travel a bit different is the reason I'm asking here instead of the Canada/Alaska forum.

Say you are retired and plan on crossing into Canada near Glacier about last week of May and departure date only set by when the snow starts covering everything. Would you just do some basic research and wing the trip? By basic research, I mean be familiar with the different main roads and get a copy of the Milepost. Then let the whims, conditions, and signs take you on the journey of a lifetime. We are familiar with crossing borders so no worries there.

Our usual travel style is pick a distant destination and head that general way. Sometimes we make it, sometimes we get distracted and have to return for work. But one thing we are sure of is we hate reservations and only need a flat spot to park for the night.


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I would do some research and put together a list of "MUST SEE & DO" items, then figure out an approximate route that will let you make a loop to catch most of them.

If you want to do the ferry thing there are ferry schedules to deal with.

Otherwise, sounds like you have a great "non-plan" for a fun trip.


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100% easy to do and better IMO, given your travel style as stated.
There is no lack of "camping spots" for an overnight or longer once you get out of extreme southern BC.
Not to say you wouldn't want to make some reservations at particular places like Denali or similar if that's on the agenda, but in general you can find a place to park the rig no problem.
In my experience, most NF campgrounds are usually full on the weekends in the summer. Never had much luck there, but always found a pullout or forest road etc to camp pretty easily.


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Posted: 09/13/17 10:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There's lots of flat places to just park. And services are not few and far between like they used to be.

I'm for winging it. But, I do suggest buying a copy of The Milepost. That will cover all your bases.

My opinion of course but based on several trips to and from the Lower 48 to Alaska.


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That's exactly the way we did it 2 yrs ago. Got the milepost and gasoline and took off. there were no problems and had a great time. Go go for it!!!

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As you are comfortable with no plans, changing plans, etc., it seems the only question would be how available are boondocking spots.

You might grab some maps from the national forests for the US to identify potential spots for boondocking. I'm not familiar with boondocking in Canada, but I'm sure there are maps, etc., that would assist.

Then, with maps at hand, just go and enjoy. Use a parking lot as needed to for quick overnight rests.


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That's essentially what we did. We left central CA at end of April and took our time. We got home first week in Sept. We don't like rigid plans or making reservations and we were able to see everything we wanted just "winging it"

We were in Alaska for about 2 months of the trip which was a good amount. The milepost was helpful. We especially enjoyed the port cities like Homer. We also enjoyed the top of the world highway and glad we drove the extra 60 miles of dirt road into Eagle. We drove pretty much most of the improved and graded dirt highways. All were pretty easy to negotiate.


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Posted: 09/13/17 05:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You got it right. Probably need a reservation if you want to camp at Teklanika in Denali (highly recommend)


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When we were there in 2016 we made reservations for July 1 in Whitehorse ( Canada Day), July 4 in Valdez AK, and 3 days in Denali. The rest we winged it.
The only regret was after Labour Day on Vancouver island there was no space available at Long Beach Provincial Park. Seems all the boomers were still on the road, just like us! Seems to be getting worse as all us boomers are travelling later in the shoulder seasons.
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Wing it, it's not like you will be traveling in the middle of nowhere along the Alaska Highway, its full of travelers.


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