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An Explorer's Guide to the Robert Campbell Highway
(Yukon Hwy 4)

by Murray Lundberg

    The Robert Campbell Highway runs 583 kilometers (362 miles) from Watson Lake on the Alaska Highway to Carmacks on the North Klondike Highway. The Robert Campbell Highway is about 60% gravel as of 2018, and the road condition can vary dramatically according to recent weather and maintenance.

    There are few services along the highway. Three notable but little-used roads intersect it - the Nahanni Range Road, the Canol Road, and the Frenchman Lake Road. Two communities, Ross River and Faro, are located near the highway, and fuel is available at both.

    The highway, constructed in the late 1960s as part of the federal government's Roads to Resources program, was named for Hudson's Bay Company fur trader and explorer Robert Campbell (1808-1894). In the 1830s and '40s, he explored much of the southern Yukon and northern British Columbia, and established several trading posts.

Robert Campbell Highway Road Log & Photo Album
A virtual trip along the Robert Campbell Highway from Watson Lake to Carmacks.

Robert Campbell Highway, 1972
A map and description of the new highway, which was then Yukon Highway 9.

Campgrounds and Rest Areas on the Campbell Highway
An illustrated guide to places to camp or just take a break.

Campbell Highway Community Guides