Last Friday I took advantage of a mostly-sunny day to ride the motorcycle down to Carmacks, on the Yukon River and the North Klondike Highway between Whitehorse and Dawson City.
This hasn’t been a great year for Fall colours, but it’s not too bad, and I’ve gotten a few photos. I found this little canyon in the Fox Lake forest fire burn area, just past the end of a short side road at Km 256 (the mileposts measure from Skagway, Alaska – this is about 75 km north of Whitehorse).
Just past a very large elk warning sign, there were the promised elk on the highway! One youngster was trying to convince his mother that they should stop for a snack before getting further from the highway.
I always stop at the Montague Roadhouse, one of the very few of these structures left.
A pond with a few ducks on it, at Km 336.
Welcome to Carmacks, Yukon.
A look at Carmacks over a century ago.
The Carmacks Roadhouse. There’s a historic buildings walking tour brochure online that talks about the roadhouse and the many other heritage buildings in Carmacks.
The outhouse at the Carmacks Roadhouse.
Across the street from the roadhouse is this stable from the days when the White Pass & Yukon Route ran sleighs, wagons and stages from Whitehorse to Dawson City. Although this front wall looks great, much of the building’s roof has collapsed.
The historic Hazel Brown cabin is across the Nordenskiold River from the roadhouse.
Looking across the Nordenskiold River towards Carmacks. The Hazel Brown cabin is at the bottom left of this photo, the roadhouse at centre right.
The oldest section of the Nordenskiold Cemetery, located on a bench above the Nordenskiold River and the Carmacks Roadhouse.
There’s a 1.5 kilometer long boardwalk along the Yukon River that offers a wonderful walk.
Looking down the Yukon River, with Tantalus Butte in the background.
Looking down the North Klondike Highway and the twisting Yukon River towards Carmacks. This was shot from the road that leads to the historic coal mines on Tantalus Butte.
The Tantalus Coal Mine – that link takes you to a brief history of the mine that I wrote in 2003.
The view of the Campbell Highway going up alongside the Yukon River, from a lower part of the mine workings.
Another view down the Yukon River from one of the trails leading to higher-elevation workings at the mine.
On the way home, looking south down the highway from the summit at Km 270, just north of the Fox Lakes.
As I post this, Cathy and I are less than 24 hours away from boarding the first of 3 flights that will take us to her family in London, Ontario, which is the next place I’ll talk to you from 🙂