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Old 02-22-2010, 09:14 PM   #1
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Ferrying To Alaska

In 2007, I drove the AlCan from Montana . . . so I'm only familiar with driving to Alaska. Does anyone have any experience with taking the Alaskan Ferry out of Prince Rupert? Some friends are wanting to do that, but I seem to remember that driving south on Highway 97 from Prince George was almost a straight shot down . . . which would mean the pulls going north would be tremendous. They are an older couple (75) and I'm not sure they would want to tackle such severe pulls in their older rig. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Alaska ferries start in Bellingham Washington.it may be an easier drive to catch it there or in Vancover.I have never driven to Prince Rupert so do not know the road.
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I did the ferry trip in a car in 73, from Prince Rupert to Haines. The thing I remember was going from Haines to Tok. A lot of serious climbs, even for the car.
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Prince Rupert to Haines

Hi.....Did the Prince Rupert to Haines via the Alaska Ferry in a class A, in 03. We had a great time. We got off the ferry for several days each at Ketchican,Sitka. Juneau, and finally Haines. I had to back into the ferry at each stop, but the seamen will guide you, and provide wood planks as needed. We took 97 from the Richmond,WA and crossed to Canada at Osoyoos. I got off the 97 and took a new road North called the "connector". That was a mistake as the road went straight up. It was designed for big truck as a bypass. We had to un-hook the tow car and drive separately. Coming down the other side was worst than going up. It was and 11 degree down slope all the way to the bottom, and my breakfluid was boiling. I passed trucks going 5 mph. Needless to say , we didn't come back that way. I loved Alaska thou, and would like to go again. Hoped this helped. lenOrge

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