Date: 12 June 2016
Start: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
End: Dawson, Yukon Territory, Canada
Distance Traveled: 330 miles
Total Time: 5 hours
After the huge stretches of the last few days, today’s comparatively short distance of 330 miles and five hours was a blessing. As much as I love driving, and as much as I am enjoying this trip, sitting in the car all day does get a little old.
I bet you all thought I was heading to Alaska, didn’t you? After all, I did spend the previous two days on the “Alaska Highway,” and there’s nothing else out here…right? The truth is that I would love to visit Alaska, but I’d rather spend an entire trip dedicated to it. This one, on the other hand, is devoted mainly to one specific place which I will be reaching on Tuesday (the 14th). I don’t want to reveal its name just yet, but some brief Google research regarding Dawson and northern Canada should give you accurate results.
For the unfamiliar – which I would imagine is just about everyone reading this – Dawson was the site of a goldrush during the 1800s, and since then has just become another small town in the Yukon Territory. That’s not to say it isn’t worth visiting though! I have definitely enjoyed my day here, and am looking for to spending another night here on the way back.
The town itself resides along the banks of the Yukon River, which as you can see from the above picture is quite a scenic location. I actually spent close to an hour today just sitting on the bank and taking in the view.
Tomorrow is the Dempster Highway. I can’t wait.