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Old 10-31-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
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Vancouver, BC to Alaska info needed!

Hi all, I joined specifically for a trip I'm planning with my wife driving from our home in Vancouver up to Alaska and the Territories in Summer time of 2013. I dont actually have an RV but i have a topper on my truck that we sleep in so it is close. Anyhow someone recommended i try this site for very specific information on planning my Vancouver - Alaska road trip so If you have any info at all about this route that would help us in planning please reach out to me. Thanks
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Howdy and welcome to iRV2! Here are a few previous threads on traveling to Alaska... https://www.google.com/search?q=trav...earch=irv2.com

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Welcome to IRV2! Sorry I can't help with your trip questions but I bet there are others who can! I don't think I would want to be in bear country with only a tarp above me! Good luck, stay safe, and God bless!
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:30 AM   #4
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Hi thanks for the info. We aren't camping underneath a tarp though thankfully. We are camping in the back of our truck with a high end fiberglass A.R.E truck camper/topper shown in the photos. The tarp is jut for some protection from rain when we are not in bed, for things like eating, chatting, and having a beer.
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I just noticed this link in the current issue of Motorhome magazine... Drive North To Alaska - Request a Free Guide
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Have you never explored our province?

Here is link to Tourism BC
About BC | British Columbia | Tourism BC - Official Site

a quick Google will get you the same from the Yukon and Alaska.

What route are you planning on? With just a canopy your options are wide open.

Tell us a little more about what you want and maybe we can offer some suggestions.

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Old 11-03-2012, 10:10 PM   #7
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Yes we have explored the province and I like it all! Garibaldi, Birkenhead, whistler, Squamish, kelowna, osyoos, chilliwack, alouette, Harrison, stave, lots of other trips too. We just haven't seen Alaska yet and thought since we live so close right now we should probably go. Appreciate all the info this far, it has been very helpful
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Yes we have explored the province and I like it all! Garibaldi, Birkenhead, whistler, Squamish, kelowna, osyoos, chilliwack, alouette, Harrison, stave, lots of other trips too. We just haven't seen Alaska yet and thought since we live so close right now we should probably go. Appreciate all the info this far, it has been very helpful
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To be honest with you you haven't seen much of our province, all the places you name are within 4 hours of Vancouver.

You will have to decide which way you want to go. You can hop over to the island and take a ferry to Prince Rupert and then head up the Nass (fishing is great, not many towns. I did it your way in a pick -up but without a canopy, although I had a canoe. You can also go up the Portland canal to Stewart and a quick trip to Hyder to get Hyderized is a must.

You can go thru Whistler over the Duffy Lake road to Lillooet then take HWY 99 N. to the Hat Creek ranch north of Cache Creek and head up to Prince George through Clinton, 100 Mile House, Lac La Hache, Williams Lake and Quesnel.

Or you can go up the Fraser Canyon thru Hope, Yale, Boston Bar, Spences Bridge and on to Cache Creek, then Hat Creek. You can turn off at Lytton and go to Lillooet that way. Or you can go up to Kamloops vis the Coq. then up to Blue Water and on to Jasper. Head west and you get back to P.G. or go east through Alberta up to Grande Prarie and on to Dawson Creek and up the Alaska Hwt.

Or you can head up thru the Kootneys thru to Banaff and then thru the Park to Jasper.

I have only mentioned a few ways of getting thru our province, when you decide upon a route let us know and perhaps we can fill in some details.

One suggestion though, build a frame over your wheel wells in the box of your truck, put plywood and a good mattress on it. It will give you much more room and a good bed.

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Ken thanks for the info. I understand I have not seen everything in BC yet but my expressed interest above is about heading up to see Alaska. 'Your Province' of BC is spectacular and I will continue to explore it with your permission. Thanks for the route info, although some of your suggested routes are off course (heading to the interior and over to Alberta to hit Alaska??) for driving from Vancouver to Alaska. I guess being a newbie on this particular forum entitles me to some ribbing responses. I like the fishing guidance, keep the suggestions coming!
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Ken thanks for the info. I understand I have not seen everything in BC yet but my expressed interest above is about heading up to see Alaska. 'Your Province' of BC is spectacular and I will continue to explore it with your permission. Thanks for the route info, although some of your suggested routes are off course (heading to the interior and over to Alberta to hit Alaska??) for driving from Vancouver to Alaska. I guess being a newbie on this particular forum entitles me to some ribbing responses. I like the fishing guidance, keep the suggestions coming!
Well where did I say anything about needing my permission to explore our province? That was uncalled for.

You state that you have explored our province yet it would appear that you do not know that Dawson Creek, B.C. is the start of the Alaska Hwy. and the route most folks take to Alaska. Now you state "Thanks for the route info, although some of your suggested routes are off course (heading to the interior and over to Alberta to hit Alaska??) for driving from Vancouver to Alaska. I guess being a newbie on this particular forum entitles me to some ribbing responses." If you Google Vancouver to Dawson Creek you will find that driving time through the centre of our province (through Prince George) is 15 hrs. and 25 minutes. Going through Jasper and up through Grande Prairie , Alberta is 15 hrs and 52 minutes (27 minutes difference).

I won't waste any more of your time and I ain't ribbing.

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