Yukon Territory Warnings and Dangers
result of an unpaved section of road
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A grizzly bear near the roadside
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Large parts of Yukon are bear country. There are Grizzly bears and black bears in Yukon. Both species of bear can be dangerous. What to do:- Don't surprise bears.Make noise, travel in groups not alone.- Don't crowd a bear.Never approach a bear to make a closeup pictures, but use a zoomlens.- Don't attract a bear.Bear can be attracted by food at your campsite, but also by garbage or smelly stuff like cosmetics or toothpaste. Move all these things far from your campsite, and not in your tent.Read more about bear safety at the website of the Yukon government mentioned below.
Be aware that you entered the land of grizzlies and other wild animals freely roaming their territories. We are the intruders here and when you drive across the land always remember that the road is not only for the cars here. We were fortunate and lucky to spot a beautiful black bear crossing the road in front of us. We were as curious as the bear running from us but stopping and observing us...
No sooner had we crossed into the Yukon (and hadn't made it to customs yet) that there was road construction. Well, it was called road construction but it was really "We'll tear up the road and leave it to work on something else." The pavement was missing or if they had repaved the road, it was in the "drop it here and don't smooth it out" fashion. Where there was no warning about construction, sometimes it was still really bad. It was actually to the point where it made Bobby sick. I would say that this is because of the permafrost and the conditions the roads and workers each face but it can't be that. The stretch from Haines Junction to Whitehorse is in wonderful shape and doesn't look like it has been recently worked on. As soon as you get into Alaska on the same road in the same climate, it's obvious there was or is construction but it's not nearly as bad. Around Kluane Lake, at...
If you pick up a map of the Yukon Territory and you see certain places along the Highways marked as towns, don't bet they area. One such example is Silver City. I didn't even see this place and we drove by 2 times. Apparently there's an airstrip here but that's it. Still, it looks like there might be a good bet when looking at it on the map. Other places, like Kluane Wilderness Camp has gas and food, but everything was closed in September. So, make sure that if you see gasoline available, GET IT! If you drive a larger vehicle, bring extra gasoline with you especially if you're driving to another part of Canada or to Alaska. This is because it's a long ride from Whitehorse and an even longer walk.
Toilets and animalprove wastecontainers
The toilets (called outhouses here) all look the same. Every basic campground or parking at the highway has two of such green houses. Inside you will find toiletpaper and a toilet bowl. There is no water, so only a deep hole in the ground to collect the stuff.Most outhouses have a rock in front of the door. This rock is placed in front of the door when it is not used, to prevent critters to get in and wreck the place.All garbage containers are bearprove. This means it is difficult to open for people, but impossible to open for bears......
I have traveled the world and so far I have never had more problems with mosquitos has I have had in the Yukon. Without some sort of repellent, I think that I would have found the whole experience quite unbearable.Well at the airport in Whitehorse I saw a t-shirt with the image of a giant mosquito attacking a person. Underneath was the caption "Come to the Yukon and Give Blood!" That says it all.
Easy Does It on Gravel Roadways
This sign on the Alaska/Yukon border pictures an Alaska Highway Patrolman and a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. It shows that the speed limit on both sides of the border is approximately the same, 55 mph in Alaska and 90 km/h in the Yukon Territory. Both countries require that you buckle up, and they cooperate in enforcing the law.However, I thought it ironic that not far from this very spot I saw an automobile which had skidded off the highway and overturned. The driver had lost control while going downhill around a curve on an unpaved section of road. Even at 55 mph one could easily flip over under those conditions. Fortunately he was buckeled up. Regardless of the speed limit, use common sense.
Please Drive Safely - Yield to Wildlife
Tears come to my eyes when I remember this little cub. Some ignorant driver ran him over leaving him for dead with a broken leg. He was surely not going to survive long. If you are driving through this wonderful area where wildlife is still plentiful enough that it will show up alongside the road as you pass by, please remember to give the animals the right of way. Drive safely for the conditions. If you are in that much of a hurry that you can't drive safely, there are numerous airports that are more than willing to fly you where you want to go in a few short hours!
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