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Old 03-07-2015, 06:58 PM   #57
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If you only have that amount of time for the entire trip, I would just drive through Canada and spend my days in Alaska. We crossed at Sweetgrass and went through Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer. Whitecourt, and Grand Prairie, Alberta until we reached Dawson Creek, BC and then out on the Alaska Highway. We had a blast and we thought it would be a once in a lifetime trip. Lords willing, we will go back in 2017. We cannot go next year because of grandson's high school graduation. Our favorite places in Alaska were Homer and Valdez. We will spend most of our time in those locations next time.
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:14 PM   #58
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Please explain the steps to get to the Escapee's Discussion Forum as a FREE member.

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The Discussion Forum has a different address than the RV Club. Sorry for the confusion. You do not have to be a member to join the forum. Try this:

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Old 03-08-2015, 10:07 AM   #60
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Please explain the steps to get to the Escapee's Discussion Forum as a FREE member.

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I have gone there twice now and each time it asks me to pay $40 to join as a new member PRIOR to being able to get to the Discussion Forum.

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On the escapees home page, click on "forums". you may read without joining the forums, but if you wish to post you must join the forums group-it's free. Joining escapees club is different than merely joining the forums. I don't think the procedure has changed since I joined escapees forums in '02, but their website has undergone many changes over time.
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This year I am planning to use the Alaskan Highway north and the Cassier Highway when returning to the lower 48. We have never done it that way as I really like the Cassier in the spring BUT I have always wanted to stop in Hyder Alaska to view the Grizzly's fishing for salmon.

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Richard - Keep in mind the bears are only out if the salmon are running. We came down Cassier this year and spent several days at an RV park on the Canada side of Hyder. We took reading material & snacks and spent hours at the viewing station - there are no services at the viewing station. Very nice but going back to the RV each afternoon evening was a tad irrating - Canada customs does a good job there - at least for us - never a wave through but took passports and checked them closely each trip. Also as mentioned the glacier above Hyder is beautiful. You drive up quite a ways and look down on the glacier. Very impressive.
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Bob,

It will be third week in September when we leave Anchorage. It should take about 5 days before reaching Hyder.

I will check in late August early September as to when they think the Salmon will be running at Hyder.

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Most of our bear sitings were in the Yukon and British Columbia during the trip north. They were along side the road eating dandilions. We only saw one black bear while we were in Alaska. We did see a bunch of grizzlies in Denali National Park.
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I am planning on going to Alaska this summer also. Plan on crossing the Top of the World Highway about the first of July. I have concerns in that I looked at the two big caravan companies and counted no less than 14 caravans also doing the crossing during the two weeks around 7/1. That could mean 200+ RV's on the roads! And that's not counting other caravan companies or people traveling alone! Is this going to be an issue with traffic, campground availability, or the ferry crossing at Dawson creek? What have you experienced in this?
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On our two trips to Alaska(solo) traffic certainly wasn't any problem. A little in Anchorage, and maybe some on the Turnagin heading to the Kenai. But that's the beauty of the trip. Going thru the Yukon cars & Rv's will be few and far between. Whenever we had any doubt which wasn't often, we did call ahead for a camping spot. Plenty of places to boondock on the way up. We did make reservations in Soldotna since we were staying there for a month. By having Church's book it made boondocking easy.
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You'll never see 200 caravan vehicles within two weeks on the Top of the World. You'll be lucky to see 20 on the day you do it!


Traffic is very light for the whole trip compared to the lower 48. You'll only see major congestion in Anchorage and Fairbanks - typical big cities, and perhaps July 4 weekend down the Kenai Peninsula. Plan on earlier or later for that one. Alaskans like to camp, too!
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Having flown up to the Fairbanks and North Pole areas many times, you will experience "rush hour" traffic coming out of Fairbanks like any other medium sized city. Otherwise very minimal traffic overall. Even when we drove down to Denali the middle of August the campground just inside the park was only 1/3 full. Driving back to North Pole 3 days later you might pass a car or a RV every few minutes.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:54 PM   #68
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We will be resuming our trip home to Alaska from Calgary on May 19 after storing our Dutch Star there since Spring Break. We'll be doing the Icefields Parkway after falling in love with the area a few years back while driving our box truck up during our move. It may be the most stunningly beautiful place on the planet.

We're probably not interested in caravaning but would be happy to know others who are doing the same trip around the same time.

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We had a blast on what we called our Retirement Victory Tour of Alaska trip, in 2014. We left the states on the early side, crossing the boarder and spending May 1st in Canada. A few campgrounds and businesses were not yet opened, as it was a bit early in the season. But never a problem finding a place to stop for the night.

We went up the East side of the Canadian Rockies to Dawson Creek to pick up the ALCAN. Then came down Cassier as we headed South, towards the end of August. (Had planned to stay to the third week or so of September. But our daughter was getting married at the end of September, and the DW wanted to spend the time with her in the final planning stages.)

I'd suggest reservations for:

-In Canada, Victoria Day weekend, or get to spot a few days early to stake it out!
-Denali - Even the large campground just inside of the park was full when we were there. We stayed in Savage for 7 days, on the loop to the left as you go in, a few spots are facing 'The Mountain' and you can sit in your coach and get a glimpse if you are lucky to catch out from under the clouds. (We did!)
We then went further inside to Teklanika(SP?), nice drive into park.
-Fourth of the July weekend. We were in Seward for the Race Down The Mountain. We did not have reservations (we did for Homer, but decided to push on a bit early), but were able to dry camp in the Elementary School parking lot. One of the best times of our trip was watching the race and the following Fourth of July! (And of course the battle between the churches, for best foods!)

The rest of the time we just winged it, and all was good...

We were just too early too see much action on the bears feeding, saw many blacks and grizzlies on our trip. We were fortunate while in Denali, as we: Saw The Mountain, The Wolf, The Grizzly...

I'll second the ride up to the top of Salmon Glacier. (Due to our puppy being with us, and not wanting to board her, we did not do any glacier tours or flights. So Salmon was one of our best views. We also hiked up to Exit Glacier, in Valdez, and that was fun too. Valdez was cool, and some good fun watching the bears and eagles come graze at the hatchery!!

Go and have fun, take time to stop and rest from time to time and enjoy things. We were very impressed with the parks of Yukon and BC, as well as Alaska.

Other great resources on planning, besides here and the mentioned Escapees, is the RV Net forums. Sue T Nelson provides some great input, and some wonderful pictures. We also found great info on reading the previous years posts. Follow along on the 2015 postings, and contribute. But you might also get some great ideas by looking at the 2014 posting.

Have a blast. We'll be back, in 2017!!
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We are on schedule to leave St Petersburg Florida June 8. Up through Glacier, hope Road to Sun is open, last two times was there in winter. We will be in a Fleetwood Terra 32s. Does anyone put signage on their rigs from this group like the RV.NET group? It would be nice to have a cup of coffee or a beer and put a face with the members we all follow in the irv2 group.
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