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Old 03-11-2021, 02:53 AM   #15
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Also starting to plan for 22 trip to Alaska, went in 19 and want to go again. 2 couples, both with 5th wheels, problem is both wives have 50 yr hs class reunion July 4. tentatively plan to leave the 6th, would like to stay in Alaska till mid Sept. for chance to see northern lights, not worried about campgrounds open on Alcan so much as we boondocked a lot first trip plan more 2nd time. more worried about road conditions and diesel avalability. hoping that Canada can get vaccine ramped up so borders can open. Any thoughts?
Make a longer trip out of it and fly the wives home for the reunion.
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Wink Stay well Hyderized

Hopefully on the way back down you drop into Hyder and perhaps see the bears feasting on salmon in the river. We usually don’t drive in with the rig, but rather stay at lake Meziadin and use the toad. Stop in at the bar in town and tell them your there to be Hyderized. They will share their homegrown white lightning with you. Have fun.
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Heh, I told the others in our group we had to make the trip to Stewart/Hyder to see the bears on our '19 trip. Unfortunately- I forgot to tell the bears, they didn't show up! It is a neat drive down there though, so it was worth it.
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Old 03-13-2021, 03:17 PM   #18
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Heh, I told the others in our group we had to make the trip to Stewart/Hyder to see the bears on our '19 trip. Unfortunately- I forgot to tell the bears, they didn't show up! It is a neat drive down there though, so it was worth it.
It all depends on the fish run being there. Bears are smart!
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Old 03-14-2021, 01:01 PM   #19
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It all depends on the fish run being there. Bears are smart!
We did it in 2019 also. Lots of fish but no bears. Were told they were showing up early in the mornings and just before dark.

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Great trip. Wish I could do it again next year but doubt I could talk my wife into it. I had to fly her home for 2 weeks while I hunted ptarmigin and grouse in Alaska. LOL
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Ha, ha. You guys talking about Stewart/Hyder made me think of the golf cart sitting on the right side of the road in Hyder with a snow plow mounted on the front...only in Alaska!

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The general store in Hyder, the owner can tell some pretty good snow stories if you buy something and start a conversation - buy an ice cream bar, you'll be there awhile. Keep driving (toad) through town past the bear watching board walk park, Salmon Glacier is a must see. View is spectacular - skeeters are relentless.

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Also starting to plan for 22 trip to Alaska, went in 19 and want to go again. 2 couples, both with 5th wheels, problem is both wives have 50 yr hs class reunion July 4. tentatively plan to leave the 6th, would like to stay in Alaska till mid Sept. for chance to see northern lights, not worried about campgrounds open on Alcan so much as we boondocked a lot first trip plan more 2nd time. more worried about road conditions and diesel avalability. hoping that Canada can get vaccine ramped up so borders can open. Any thoughts?
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I have 260 gal capacity and still drive on the top half of tank. No such thing as too much fuel.
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Borders are still closed for non-essential travel. Right now only way they let you thru is if you are an Alaska resident. Hopefully this will change this summer.
Still true today.
This website has "the rules" for entering/transiting Canada, north or south, including to/from Alaska. By all methods, land/sea/air.

https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/tr...ictions/border
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We did it in 2019 also. Lots of fish but no bears. Were told they were showing up early in the mornings and just before dark.

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Great trip. Wish I could do it again next year but doubt I could talk my wife into it. I had to fly her home for 2 weeks while I hunted ptarmigin and grouse in Alaska. LOL
We made the trip in 2015 in a pair of small travel trailers & at Hyder watched a black bear feed on July 24th. The ranger said it was early, but we did see one feeding, as well as an eagle feasting on the remains.
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