In an April snowstorm on the Haines Highway with the RV

With my visit to Haines cut a bit short by the combination of a call about a friend in hospital and an approaching storm, I headed towards home at 6:30 Wednesday evening.

With the workers having gone home for the day, there were no delays through the 8 miles of construction on the Haines Highway.

Construction on the Haines Highway
Crossing back into Canada was also quick and simple, and an hour and 10 minutes after leaving Haines I was nearing the summit, with the spectacular peaks mostly hidden in clouds that were starting to drop snow.

April on the Haines Highway
The snow got heavier, and at the summit, strong winds were drifting it across the highway, with very little traffic to break it up.

Snow drifting across the Haines Highway in April
At 8:30 (9:30 Yukon time) I decided to park for the night, feeling that 30 kilometers past the summit would keep me out of the worst of the snow.

RV parked along the snowy Haines Highway
When I woke up at 06:30 Yukon time, it was snowing fairly heavy and strong south winds were rocking the rig. The border would be closed for another hour and a half so there was no traffic.

RV parked along the snowy Haines Highway in April
“No Camping or Overnight Parking”. These signs are so ridiculous. It’s the middle of nowhere and even in the summer there are no campgrounds.

'No Camping or Overnight Parking' along the Haines Highway
At 07:20, an early-bird fuel tanker was the first vehicle to go by.

Fuel tanker on the snowy Haines Highway
After the semi went by I took Bella and Tucker out for another play. Bella in particular loves fresh snow!

Dogs playing along the snowy Haines Highway
At 08:15 I decided to not wait any longer for a snow plow (one had gone by southbound a while after the semi), and asked the kids if they wanted to go home. Tucker’s response was clearly “why would we go home??”

My little dog Tucker in the RV
I carry tire chains for emergencies, but it wasn’t that bad – at least not for someone with as many miles on as I have. Slow and easy is the key…

Driving the snowy Haines Highway in my RV
Within about 50 km, the snow on the Haines Highway was gone, and things looked good as we approached Dezadeash Lake. It started sleeting at Haines Junction, though, confirming the decision to call it quits and go home.

Haines Highway

My friend is out of danger, and now I’m just waiting for the sun to return to head out again – probably in 3 days, on Wednesday.


In an April snowstorm on the Haines Highway with the RV — 4 Comments

  1. HI Murray
    My brother in law that I went north with was visiting; it was fun to see if we could pick up familiar spots. Looking forward to part 2 of the trip.
    I searched your blog for the Da Ku Cultural Centre in Haines Junction with no luck. The building has the Yukon Tourism and Parks canada info centre with a 3D model of the National park. +free wifi. They were finishing off a large parking lot last Sept.

  2. I should have used “da ku cultural” with the quotes – without the quotes that page shows up about 5 results down the page. and I was looking for Da Ku in the title; i should know better )-:
    now I can use that when referencing on TA. 👌

  3. nothing like having your home on wheels (with heat, water, shower, kitchen, etc) against the vagaries of a late winter snow event. Fun to see in any case.