Skagway/Dyea, Alaska

Since this didn’t fit in my #Canada150 posts, I thought I’d save it to last — my trip to Skagway and Dyea, Alaska — the old booming gold rush towns!

As you know, my attempt last winter only brought me to the border. RE: Whitehorse, Yukon to Skagway, Alaska.

The tourism industry there has done an excellent job at keeping these areas manicured and access le for visitors — every corner felt like a photo.

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Banff, Lake Louise, AB (#Canada150 Pt. 5)

I’d like to start out by saying, my thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the wildfires in British Columbia, which have now also caused closures in Alberta, including part of Banff.

I was lucky to visit Banff again this year before the closures. (Visit my posts from 2015: Banff, Lake Louise) It is always welcoming, beautiful and relaxing. For tourism, it is ideal. The village is like a painting and the shopping is AMAZING.

Lake Louise, located within the national park is also unreal – busier than ever for Canada’s 150. If I had more time, I would have rented a kayak — the water was filled with lovers of the season.

I hope to go again soon, and travel the sunshine coast — looking for these views again.

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Watson Lake, YT (#Canada150 Pt. 4)

After an incredible 4 days in Yukon Territory, we began our “descent” to Alberta. For this route, we traveled on the historic Alaska Highway — in part, due to the BC wildfires.

To get back down, you travel through both the Yukon  and BC, with very little cellphone coverage, mind you, little civilization as well.

We finally decided to rest at Watson Lake, YT (“gateway” to the Yukon) — population of under 800 people. This area is home the the famous Sign Post Forest. And yes, we totally made a sign to nail up!

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Miles Canyon, YT (#Canada150 Pt. 3)

A three-night stay in the Yukon was great fun! It was my second time there, first time in the summer. No joke — Yukon Territory is truly the land of the midnight sun, with up to 18 hours of light.

During my visit, I stayed at Boréale Ranch near Carcross:

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… And ventured out during the day, including time spent at Miles Canyon – “where the Yukon River has cut its way down through a flow of basaltic lava.”

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Smithers, BC (#Canada150 Pt. 2)

From Jasper, we headed north to British Columbia via the Yellowhead Highway. Our first night car camping when we reached Smithers, B.C.

We climbed the Hudson Bay Mountain, in search of a Smithers Street Piano — which we eventually found back in town (RE: It’s a flying piano).

That was a hard climb, though, at least for me.

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The view from above:

Smithers, British Columbia from Emily Santos on Vimeo.

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