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    • Day20

      Zurück in Whitehorse

      August 25 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Zurück in Whitehorse geben wir das Wohnmobil ab. Die Rückgabe ist wieder völlig unkompliziert .
      Die Fraserway bringt uns noch zum Skky Hotel mit Blick auf den Flughafen. Da es aber erst Mittag ist, beschließen wir noch einen Ausflug zu unternehmen. In Whitehorse gibt es die längste Fischleiter Nordamerikas. Um die Kraft des Yukon zu nutzen wurde hier ein Stausee angelegt. Das angeschlossene Wasserkraftwerk versorgt die Region mit Strom. Allerdings ist der Yukon auch ein Brutgewässer für Lachse die den Fluss hinaufziehen um zu laichen. Um den Lachsen den Weg mit dem Damm nicht zu versperren, wurde gleichzeitig diese Fischleiter errichtet, die einen Weg am Damm vorbei bietet.
      Wir schauen Insider Anlage an, allerdings hätte ich geglaubt das mehr Fische hier vorbei kommen. Heute war es bis jetzt einer. Offensichtlich sind die Lachse mit vielen Hindernissen konfrontiert, so dass nur wenige hier angekommen. Man versucht mit Nachzucht die Population wieder anzuheben ob das Erfolg hat wird erst in einigen Jahren zu sehen sein.
      Wir laufen zurück in die Stadt und
      treffen uns zu einem letzten gemeinsamen Abendessen. Morgen in aller Frühe geht es wieder nach Hause.
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    • Day21

      Day #2 in Whitehorse

      July 6, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

      Had another fun day in Whitehorse, this is the largest city in the Yukon, and the capital of this territory. It's odd, Canada has provinces (mostly) and the several areas that are known as territories, not quite sure what makes them different, but some of the canadians we have spoken to say they're really isn't any difference anymore. The name just stays as is...
      We started yesterday with a visit to the "world's longest wooden" fish ladder. And it is long. For hydro power there is a dam on this part of the Yukon, just shy of a major spawning area for the same, hence the ladder. Very interesting, no salmon yet, but we're are hoping to see some on or return trip thru this city.

      Then we headed to the Beringia Interpretive Center museum. This one is all about the land mass that connected Asia to Alaska/Yukon during the Ice Age and the animals that existed during that time. Once the glacier receded, the sea levels rose and the two continents are separated by the Bering Sea. Then a tour and an video presentation.

      Next stop was a quick grocery run at Walmart, and a stop at the First Nation Heritage Center. Was pretty well deserted, poked our noses around and moved on.

      Back to visitor center, walked main street shops, the little Log Church downtown, and then spent time in the visitor centre accessing their Wi-fi. Creek service still okay, but weak here, so to catch up on Quicken it is easier to get somewhere with decent service. You can "buy" it at the campgrounds sometimes, but it is usually a pretty poor solutions. $5 for 30 minutes. Shoot it takes me 15 minutes to boot my laptop and get on Wi-fi network!

      So instead of cooking dinner we headed to a Yukon brewery, Winterlong, for a beer tasting and pot pie dinner. Very tasty! Back to camp and showers!

      Interesting decision point, trying to figure out whether we stay on the Alaska highway (west option) or the klondike highway (east option) through Dawson City. A Canadian couple next to us are heading that way, and they know some one connected to the MP (police) who said that the highway maybe closed by not quite sure what direction we will be taking yet, and we are already having our morning coffee!
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      I hope that your choices through Dawson are well marked as to whether it’s open or not... especially before one goes very far down the road! Whitehorse looks like a fun stop for you! Love the picture of Tom with his new friend 😄... Safe travels today!


      Sweet looking truck a F-100 Michael


      Looks like the perfect friend for Tom, no feeding or cleaning up after. Lollie


      I love Tom ' s new friend, very cute. I hope you guys figure out what route you want to take and that it is pleasant and enjoyable. Hope you had a good 4th of July weekend. Us folk's here in California are rocking and rolling with earthquakes. Have felt them here in the mountains, but very lightly. Lollie

    • Day12

      Miles Canyon

      June 11, 2016 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Kurz hinter Whitehorse entdecke ich ein Schild: „Miles Canyon – 1,1 km“. Einen Canyon habe ich hier nun wirklich nicht erwartet. Also trete ich auf die Bremse und folge einer kleinen Schotterstraße. Der Miles Canyon ist eine örtliche Sehenswürdigkeit und entsprechend touristisch erschlossen (wie eigentlich alle Highlights auf dem Alaska Highway) – inklusive leicht schwankender Hängebrücke über den Fluss. Die Schlucht ist nicht besonders tief aber relativ schmal und besteht aus roten Basaltsäulen. Alles in allem ein lohnendes Motiv für eine kleine Malübung. Bei den vorbeikommenden Touristen – vor allem bei älteren Semestern – bin ich damit natürlich wieder mal eine Attraktion.

      Meine Tagesetappe endet schließlich im Yukon Motel in Teslin am riesigen gleichnamigen See.
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    • Day142

      Miles Canyon and a few beers!

      September 19, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      I had a lazy morning and dropped the hire car off and stopped by a bakery on the way back to my hostel. Then I set off with someone in met in the hostel to walk the Miles Canyon loop. I naively thought the 15.4km loop would be a flat and paved wasn’t! But it was still a really enjoyable trail and took us about 4 hours! After a bit of chilling out, a few of us went for a beer, had some dinner and then went for a walk up to where we could see the whole city. We were hoping that the slightly clearer skies would make good northern lights viewing but it was not to be. I don’t think I’ll be lucky enough to see them on this trip.

      I think my steps for the day has to be a record!!
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      😯 Over 43 thousanddddd?!?!


      That’s CRAZY! Definitely a record.

    • Day132

      Miles Canyon, Whitehorse, YT

      August 19 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Canyon qui a été creusé dans une coulée de lave par la Yukon River. On peut bien voir la forme hexagonale des morceaux de lave.


      Canyon that has been carved by the Yukon River in lava. One can see the characteristic 6-faces shape of the lava.Read more

    • Day132

      Fishladder, Whitehorse, YT

      August 19 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Plus gros escalier à poisson en bois du monde. Cela permet aux saumons de remonter au delà du barrage pour pouvoir se reproduire. C’est un voyage de 3200km sans se nourrir qu’ils entreprennent. Malheureusement, cette année seulement 62 saumons ont été vu remonter la Yukon River, quand cela était plutôt autour de 1000 il y a quelques années. Pourtant chaque année plusieurs dizaines de milliers descendent la rivière pour rejoindre la mer (il y a une écloserie qui tente de faire augmenter la population de saumon en amont du barrage). De quoi questionner la pêche de masse et ses impacts.


      Biggest wood fish-ladder in the world. It permits the salmon to go above the dam and spawn. It’s a 3200km trip from the sea, without eating. Sadly, this year, only 62 salmons have been observed in the ladder when before it was more in the thousand area a few years ago. There is several tens of thousands fry that go down the river to the sea each year (there is an hatchery upstream trying to increase salmon population). That’s a good moment to ask ourself the impacts of massive fishing.
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      C’est drôle que ce soit un escalier


      quelle tristesse !

    • Day47

      Whitehorse Encore!

      July 3, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      We are back in Whitehorse to buy a few essential things (like towels), see some of the sights we missed the first time around, explore some of the outlying areas and to meet up with some friends. I don’t have pictures because today’s excitement is a shower (hence the towels), but so as not to leave you with absolutely nothing, here is a picture of the Sticky Bun we picked up today (it will feed us for a while) and last night’s campfire (we are camping after all even if the sun isn’t going down at the end of the day).Read more

      That is quite the sticky bun!


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