A Bit Early for Fall Colours on the Canol Road

Having seen some excellent Fall colour photos from both the Top of the World and Dempster Highways the past few days, Cathy and I decided to head up the South Canol Road for a look on Saturday. It takes about an hour and a half to get to Johnson’s Crossing on the Alaska Highway, from where the Canol Road takes off to the north. This photo was shot at noon.

Start of the Canol Road

It only takes about 15 minutes to get up into very pretty country, but although it was very chilly (8°C – 46°F – with a strong wind) the Fall colours were just getting started.

The Canol Road

Our “wildlife eyes” were sharpened for moose, caribou and/or grizzly, but no luck. There was a lot of traffic (by Canol standards), and hunting season started that day, so no big surprise.

Creek alongside the Canol Road

By 12:30 we were into the best colours of the day. This valley has great character, with lots of gravelly hills deposited by glaciers.

Fall colours on the Canol Road

There are some excellent vistas, including this one at about Km 29, looking north from the Big Salmon Range of mountains.

Broad vista on the Canol Road

There’s so little tourist traffic on the Canol that Tourism has never updated the slogan section of the Quiet Lake Campground sign. I always disliked “Yukon, Canada’s True North” and was glad to see it short-lived.

Yukon, Canada's True North

We stopped briefly at the Quiet Lake Campground but then continued on another 20 minutes to a spot we like much better for our picnic. We arrived at about 2:00pm but didn’t stay very long, as it was just too cold. The weather forecast for Whitehorse had been quite good, but although I’d brought extra clothes, it still wasn’t comfortable.

Quiet Lake, Yukon

One final photo op on the way back to the Alaska Highway.

Going up the Canol didn’t get me the photos I was looking for, but it is beautiful country, and it’s an excellent reminder of the sort of things we can do when we get a motorhome. The Canol is one of the places we’re really looking forward to spending about 3 days.

In a couple of hours I’m off to Kelowna, BC to see my parents for a week. It’s still hot there, but I’m not likely to have much time to really enjoy it, so I’m hoping for some great hiking weather when I get back home, though the 14-day forecast doesn’t look good at all.


A Bit Early for Fall Colours on the Canol Road — 4 Comments

  1. Hi Murray
    I lived in Whitehorse from 1997-2002 and I can’t believe I am just finding your website now. Fantastic stories, trips, and pictures! I hope selling your home in Carcross doesn’t mean you will be leaving the North!!

    Thanks for keeping me connected to the North.