If you’re looking to travel where wilderness is king, look no further than this camping and overland trip through Western Canada. Animals, glaciers, and varying cultures that have been thriving for hundreds of years in this unforgiving land will captivate and inspire the most avid of traveller.
Starting the journey in Calgary perfect gateway to the Canadian Rockies, you and your fellow travellers will make stops in Banff and Jasper for hikes and sight seeing, traverse Alberta into British Columbia along the Yellowhead highway where you’ll camp along Fraser Lake, wind your way along the Cassiar Highway to see moose, beavers, fox, and black bears and enjoy a soak in the Takhini Hot Springs, take a canoe trip down the infamous Yukon River and finish your road trip in Anchorage, Alaska.
On the remote roads you’re more likely to spot bears, moose, and caribou than you are to see another traveller and the mountain views out your spacious truck windows are immense. When we finally do reach local villages, you’ll be given an insight into native culture. The Fraser River Valley and Cassiar Highway will give a glimpse back in time with visits to the K’san First Nation Village and Barkerville Historic Town.
Your days will be spent travelling in a unique converted overloading vehicle with plenty of stops for hikes, sight-seeing and exploration. After a thrilling day, pitch your tent and enjoy falling asleep the to the sounds of the wilderness.
Why We Love This Adventure
- Wilderness camping in remote spots
- Spot black bears and moose and canoe the Yukon River
- Enjoy spectacular views of glaciers, taiga forests, and some of the highest peaks in North America
You will be traveling from the Rocky Mountains in Canada all the way through British Columbia and the Yukon, crossing on the most northerly land boarder of North America into Alaska.
Start in Calgary, venturing into the Rocky Mountains. See turquoise lakes in Banff and Jasper National Park, follow the Yellowhead Highway through British Columbia and make your way up north through the Yukon Territory. Find black bears and moose and canoe the Yukon River and delve into the history of the Gold Rush in Dawson City before crossing into Alaska
Day 1: Calgary
Situated along the Bow and Elbow Rivers, Calgary is a perfect gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Calgary for your group meeting at 6 pm and follow that up with a group meal to get to know your fellow travellers.
Day 2-3: Banff
A short drive from Calgary will take us into the Canadian Rockies. Banff is a popular tourist destination, and for good reason. Hike up Sulphur or Tunnel Mountains or/and have a soak afterwards in the local Hot Springs (optional). Day 2 will take us to explore the famous Lake Louise preceded or followed by a drive down the Bow Valley Parkway.
Day 4: Icefields Parkway
Hands down this is one of the most picturesque roads in all of North America. Glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls line the road to make even the most basic camera take professional looking pictures. We will be stopping many times throughout the day to take short walks to viewpoints and stop for a multitude of animal sightings.
Day 5-6: Jasper
Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Jasper gives the adventure traveler ample opportunities at exploring wilderness or adrenaline pumping activities. One day is set aside for you to choose from the many outdoor adventures, the other day we will explore the surroundings of Jasper hiking around / at Maligne Lake and looking out for some wildlife to find!
Day 7: Yellowhead Highway
With mountains and river valleys abound, we follow the Fraser River through the history of the Cariboo Gold Rush and Fur Trading Post area, traversing Alberta crossing into British Columbia.
The dense forest and agricultural lands drive the economy and the Fraser Lake area has been dubbed “White Swan Capital of the World.”
Day 8: Ksan Village
Today we venture out to visit the ‘Ksan Historical Village. The ‘Ksan village is a great example of how the First Nation has continued to survive in harsh environments and keep their culture alive. View original totem poles and Indian history.
Day 9: Meziadin
The junction at Meziadin Lake Provincial Park has a large concentration of black and brown bears fishing along the many creeks. Alaska just sits 40 miles away and many on the Canadian side of the border like to argue that this is part of their land. We’ll visit the massive Bear Glacier that once filled the Bear River Pass only 50 years ago.
Day 10-11: Cassiar Highway
The Cassiar Highway is one of the most scenic and prolific roads to spot black bears, moose, and stone sheep. The road passes deep canyons, high glaciers, mountains, and can be rough at times and, but the reward of travelling roads like this will truly give you a feel of being out in the wilderness!
Day 12-13: Whitehorse
We’ve crossed over into the Yukon Territory where there are more caribou than there are people! Whitehorse is located on the Yukon River where you can check out the old paddleboat, the SS Klondike. Included in the trip is a worthwhile visit to soak our tired and weary bones in the Takhini Hot Springs.
Day14-15: Dawson City
A visit to this lively and historic city includes checking out Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, Klondike Gold Rush, Midnight Dome, Robert Service Cabin and the Jack London Museum. Some might even dare to try the Sour Toe Cocktail! This small town was once home to over 40,000 gold fevered prospectors and we’ll even try our hand at a little gold panning to try and strike it rich!
Day 16: Tok
Cross over the Yukon River on a short ferry ride to drive the “Top of the World Highway.” As we make our way to Tok, there are many remnants of old mining sites throughout these wooded areas. As we reach the highways apex, Poker Creek border crossing awaits us. The most northerly land border in the USA, it’s an experience few have had the pleasure.
Day 17: Anchorage/ Alaska
A beautiful drive surrounded by the Wrangell and Chugach Mountains. There are some spectacular views of the Matanuska glacier, taiga forests, and some of the highest peaks in North America. The trip will end by 3pm.
Price$ 2590 USD
- 17-day tour in overland vehicle
- Accommodations outlined for nights in Hostel/Campsites
- All meals cooked off the truck (16xBreakfast, 13xLunch, 13xDinner)
- Visit K’san Historical Village
- Canoe trip on the Yukon River in Whitehorse
- Visit Whitehorse Takhini Hot Springs
- Gold Panning Dawson City
- Entrance into Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall Dawson City
- Hiking Tunnel or Sulphur Mountains
- Hiking near Lake Louise and walks around Icefields Parkway
- Hike near Maligne Lake or similar
- Admission to National Parks and Monuments
- Pre-departure meeting to welcome and provide you with a good understanding of the trip ahead
- Services of two trained/commercially certified leaders/drivers
- Fully equipped Overland vehicle
- High quality four person tents (sleeping only two), camp chairs and cooking equipment
- Information regarding places to be visited, history, flora and fauna
What's Not included
Trip Duration17 days
Start LocationCalagary, Canada
End LocationAnchorage, Alaska, USA
Average Group Size4-16
Mainly camping in 4-person tents that sleep 2.
Meals are typical camping meals like BBQ, pasta, risotto and soups. Sandwiches and salads for lunch. Hot drinks and toast/cereals/fruit for breakfast.
Travel in a converted school bus!
This overland vehicle provides ample space for everyone to stretch out along with providing at least 8 passengers tables for card playing or writing in their journals. The multitudes of windows are big and open easily to allow you to take pictures at any time from the best angles. The overland vehicle becomes a large part of the experience and even is considered by most as their “home”. This includes in detail:
- Viewing platform on top of vehicle for taking 360 Degree pictures of wildlife or landscape
- Wood rack to carry firewood for campfires
- Interior tables for at least 8 people to write journals or play cards during the ride
- Coolers for drinks and food
- Individual overhead lockers for personal belongings
- Overhead lights and speakers (to switch on and off individually)
- Individual seats (no benches) which are fitted with seatbelts
This Trip is Suitable For
Anyone who likes camping and the great outdoors.
This trip also runs the other way from Anchorage to Calgary (1st Sept 2018 – 17th Sept 2018). Contact us for full details.
Dates & Availability
- 22 May 2018 – 07 Apr 2018
As a small company the owners also lead all of the trips themselves, as they absolutely love everything about overlanding.
Throughout the summers they bring together a small group of adventure travellers to explore the wilderness of Alaska, Canada, and Western America in an old school bus they remodeled and got back on the road.
The owners are a really passionate pair who aren’t interested in ticking boxes and rushing from campsite to campsite. Their amazing overland vehicle gives the group flexibility. If they find a beautiful place during the day and the weather is great they might decide for an extended lunch break and go for a short hike or just relax in the sun. If it is pouring down with rain they know where to find the visitor centre, a great cafe to hang out or the hidden local history museum.
Overlanding-style trips offer the right mixture of meeting lots of like-minded people, but having the freedom to make your own choices and being involved in the adventure: You can get the camp fire started yourself if you like to but you can also rely on your tour leaders organising a bunch of stuff which you don’t want to deal with on your holidays.
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