July 19, 2022 to July 20, 2022
July 19, 2022

After a restful night at Liard River Hot Springs, we continued Northwest crossing into the Yukon for the first time. This was another first for Sue and I, as neither of us had ever been to the Yukon before. We stopped at the Yukon visitor center in Watson Lake for maps, internet, advice, and showers. Our camper has a shower but those showers are what are called navy showers to conserve water. It is nice to grab a real shower when we can. We also took a walk through the signpost forest at the Watson Lake visitor center. Travelers of the Alaska Highway leave signs of where they are from in the forest and there are thousands of signs.

Signpost Forest in Watson Lake
Signpost Forest in Watson Lake

After stocking up on groceries, beer, and wine we continued Northwest, stopping for wildlife on the road, until we found another place to boondock for the night.

Boondocking in the Yukon with plenty of mosquitoes.
July 20, 2022

The following day we turned northward, stopping in Whitehorse.

Miles Canyon on the Yukon River

In Whitehorse, we visited the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site. Riverways were the main transportation links in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The arrival of paddlewheelers in the 1860s brought change to the territory, carrying newcomers and their ways of life, and until 1950 the riverboats continued to serve as the main link between the Yukon and the outside world.

S.S. Klondike – a steam-powered paddle-wheeler

Cheers, Chris

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