Flying from Whitehorse to Calgary

On Wednesday, I made the 2 hour, 20 minute flight from Whitehorse to Calgary with Air North. The spur for the trip was to pick up a new car, but it was also a great chance to spend time with my kids and their families.

After some of the awful flight times I’ve chosen for various reasons, 09:00 is so … civilized ๐Ÿ™‚ This is the model airplane club’s airport, and the long-abandoned stock car race track a few blocks from my house, at 09:07.
model airplane club's airport, and long-abandoned stock car race track at Whitehorse, Yukon
Five minutes later, I was looking down on the Alaska Highway, with Jake’s Corner at the junction with the Tagish and Atlin Roads. That’s White Mountain to the right.
Jake's Corner and White Mountain
Landforms like this fascinate me – what could have caused the mountain to be that steep and then that flat? This in northern British Columbia, at 09:23.
Flat topped mountain
I took a few more photos of interesting landforms, but the next really cool thing we passed over was the W. A. C. Bennett Dam on the Peace River, at 10:10. It’s 183 meters high, one of the worldโ€™s highest earth-fill dams. Construction began in 1961 and it took 7 years to complete. Pretty impressive even from 35,000 feet.
W. A. C. Bennett Dam
I haven’t figured out yet where this is, but it’s place I’d like to see from the ground. When I have some time, my SPOT may help me figure it out – it’s 16 minutes south-southeast of the dam.
By noon local time (11:00 Yukon time), we were over the open Prairies. Spring is just getting started, and I saw a few tractors tearing up the earth for planting.
The central Alberta prairies
Some of the ranches are gorgeous – that appeared to be a large log home overlooking the lake.
Alberta ranch
Calgary continues to grow at an astonishing rate. I may not be a fan of cities in general, but there are a lot of things about Calgary that I do like. No, I’m not moving ๐Ÿ™‚
Calgary, Alberta
Welcome to Calgary.
Calgary, Alberta
My sales guy from Jack Carter Chev, Jeff Stewart, met me at the airport, and very quickly we had all the paperwork done, he’d given me a good run-down of some of the car’s many, many special features, and I was on my way.
2010 Cadillac CTS 3.6

I’ll be spending another 4 days in Calgary, then I head home via the Icefields Parkway and Alaska Highway.


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