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Taste of Al-Can Bike Tour


15 day Alaska & Yukon bike tour from $6795

cycling the full length of the Al-Can Highway since 1996

A fresh new take on bicycling the Alaska Highway, end to end. Taste of the Al-Can combines rides along carefully selected, spectacular stretches of wilderness highway with an eclectic selection of truly northern lodges, roadhouses & motels. Dramatic days of cycling topped off by hearty meals and comfortable inns.

Our ride starts in the rolling forested hills of British Columbia, where small towns still pop-up along our route and rivers carve wide valleys for the road to follow. Once we crest Steamboat Mountain on day 4 the grandeur of the Northern Rockies envelopes our route for the days to come. Explore the wildlife of Stone Mountain Provincial Park and the scenic beauty of Muncho Lake Park.

As we enter the Yukon Territory the towns become fewer and farther between. But the unbelievable alpine scenery more than makes up for the lack of civilization, nothing better than a day of riding, with blue Kluane Lake to your left and towering snow capped peaks to your right. The snow capped peaks keep getting closer and closer as we work our way along side the Wrangrell - St Elias Mountain Range and into Alaska.

You'll enjoy an afternoon of soaking-away-the-miles in the soothing Liard Hot Springs. And some added bonuses... the wildlife still dots the roadsides... traffic is light... and some of our lodges bake the best cinnamon rolls and pies you'll ever encounter. Enjoy the ultimate wilderness road bike tour!

Since 1996, the only company offering fully supported cycling tours the entire length of the Alaska Highway!

let the fun begin!
day:1
Fly into Ft St John, transfer to Dawson Creek
We will gather in Dawson Creek in late afternoon, where you will have a chance to get your bike ready, meet your fellow riders and review the adventure to come.
Meals: D
day:2
Cycle Mile Zero to Kiskatinaw Bridge, shuttle to Pink Mountain
After the mandatory photos at Milepost Zero, we are off up the notorious Al-Can built in a short 9 months during World War 2. Our route starts on a more modern stretch, with the prerequisite traffic, but soon we turn off on an original stretch of the highway to curved wooden Kiskatinaw Bridge. Our ride today winds down in small Taylor, sitting the in deep Peace River Valley. From here we will shuttle to Pink Mountain (1 and a half hours), avoiding the highways biggest city, Ft St John, and the heavy traffic from the oilfields.
Cycling: 35 mi, Terrain: hilly, Meals: B L D
day:3
Wilderness cycling, shuttle to Ft Nelson
After breakfast we head out for a fifty mile spin through the quiet, tree covered landscapes of British Columbia. The traffic is light, the air clear, the hills rolling and deep green. We will pass the locations of some of the old notorious sections of the highway, such as Suicide Hill and the Drunken Forest. The highway of today no longer follows those rough stretches, so we will just enjoy a bit of verbal history. Finish our leg with a shuttle back into civilization in Ft Nelson. (1 & half hours).
Cycling: 50 mi, Terrain: hilly, Meals: B L
day:4
Cross Steamboat Mountain, Tetsa River Ranch
One of the toughest days of cycling on the tour, takes you up and over Steamboat Mountain to Tetsa River Ranch, the Cinnamon Bun Center of the Galactic Cluster (yes they are that good). The views from high a top Steamboat are awe inspiring, a fitting reward for the long gradual ascent. And of course an enjoyable winding descent to Tetsa River Ranch, a long time working ranch, whose kitchen puts out great homemade breads and artisan meats, which we will enjoy at our dinner BBQ.
Cycling: 54 mi, Terrain: mountainous, Meals: B L D
day:5
Cycle Summit Lake to Toad River Lodge
Today we cross the highest point on original the Al-Can Highway, Summit Lake. Because you didn't descend as much as you climbed yesterday, our uphill is shorter today through Stone Mountain Provincial Park. Relax a bit at Summit Lake, before descending to Toad River, a small community tucked away of bright green poplar forests. Tonight we sleep in lakefront cottages at Toad River Lodge renowned for its hat collection, nailed to the ceiling of the restaurant (more than 10,000 hats, yes we mean ten thousand).
Cycling: 48 mi, Terrain: mountainous, Meals: B L
day:6
Muncho Lake Provincial Park, Northern Rockies Lodge
One last day in the mountains, cycling from Toad River to beautiful Munch Lake Provincial Park. For the last couple of days the Alaska Highway followed much of the original winding route and today stays true to form. The final miles follow right along the lake shore (literally inches away), a dramatic landscape to finish the day. The short 36 miles of today's ride leaves ample time to relax on the lake.
Cycling: 36 mi, Terrain: mountainous, Meals: B L
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day:7
Liard Hot Springs
Relaxation beckons us today, with a short morning ride to Liard Hot Springs in store. This natural hot spring surrounded by lush forests, ferns & orchids is a rather unique environment along the highway and a favorite stopping off point since the highway was first surveyed. Keep your eyes peeled for Woods Bison and Black Bears which are frequently seen along the roadsides here.
Cycling: 36 mi, Terrain: mountainous, Meals: B L D
day:8
The bikes get the day off today, as we shuttle to Watson Lake, another small reminder of civilization. You have the day free to explore Watson lake, perhaps visit the sign post forest with its thousands of city signs, or perhaps the Northern Light Theatre & Space Museum.
Meals: B
day:9
Teslin Lake, Johnson Crossing
After breakfast we will take shuttle to Teslin Lake, home of the Tligit Nation, visit the George Johnson Museum before setting out on our bikes for the ride to Jake's Corner. Along the way we will explore a bit of the history of the Canol Road and stop in Johnsons Crossing for their homemade soups, sandwiches and delicious basked goods. The ride winds down at Jake's Corner, from where we will shuttle into Whitehorse the capitol of the Yukon Territory.
Cycling: 54 mi, Terrain: mountainous, Meals: B L
day:10
Cycling to the St Elias Range
We will shuttle out of town to the tiny village of Champagne, a First Nation settlement, to avoid the heavier traffic coming into the city. As you pedal down the Alaska Highway, the snow covered peaks of the St Elias Range start popping into view as you crest each small hill. Our goal for tonight is the small outdoor town of Haines Junction, sitting at the foot of this majestic mountain range, home to Canada's tallest peaks. Perhaps a rendezvous at Mile 1016 Pub for some local craft beers from the Yukon.
Cycling: 47 mi, Terrain: hilly, Meals: B L
day:11
Kluane Lake, Destruction Bay
Today we are enroute to the turquoise waters of Kluane lake which runs along the foothills of the St Elias Mountains. Kluane Lake which formed due to a change in the river's flow caused by a glacier, has once again seen it water source reverse, as that glacier receded. We will relax tonight in the town of Destruction Bay overlooking the lake.
Cycling: 66 mi, Terrain: hilly, Meals: B L
day:12
White River / Discovery Yukon
You will continue your ride along the Kluane Lake today, pedaling first to Burwash Landing, where we will visit their beautifully designed natural history and the historic parish church. The planned ride is 50 miles of beautiful wilderness, but folks feeling like they want more can opt to ride all the way to White River, our stop for the night at 84 miles. Perhaps try some of Discovery Yukon's unique salmon lasagna tonight.
Cycling: 50 mi, Terrain: small hills, Meals: B L D
day:13
Alaska awaits!
Your final day in Canada today, as you pedal across the border into Alaska. But first you will visit Beaver Creek, Canada's western most town, with its unique church built from re-purposed military quonset huts. Today's ride winds down at the Tetlin Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center about 30 miles past the border. After time to discover nature, we will shuttle into Tok for the night.
Cycling: 60 mi, Terrain: small hills, Meals: B L D
day:14
End of the Road, Mile 1422
The upper end of the Al-Can, milepost 1422 approaches. If the group is ambitious, we can pedal the entire 100 miles to the finish, otherwise we will shuttle out to diminutive Dot Lake Village and bike the final 63 miles of the famed Al-Can Highway. A round of congratulations, mandatory photos at Milepost 1422 and an awesome final dinner with great Alaskan craft beers finishes your taste of the Al-Can. We will spend the night in Delta Junction.
Cycling: 61 mi, Terrain: small hills, Meals: B L D
day:15
Depart
After breakfast, we shuttle back towards Fairbanks Airport, but along the way we will visit Rika's Roadhouse, a restored historic roadhouses and the Knotty Shop with its great homemade ice cream. Then fond farewells at Fairbanks Airport bidding everyone a safe flight home.
details, details

15 days / 14 nights
Fun: Bicycling
Sleep: Classic
Level: B

Small paved roads, light traffic, hilly terrain, no civilization

Total: 597 mi / 961 km
Daily Avg: 50 mi / 80 km

Tour meets in Fort St John BC (YXJ) and ends in Fairbanks AK (FAI)

Hotels, roadhouses, resort lodges
3 and 4 star    

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What's Included:
  • Expert local guides
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner*
  • Local lodges, ensuite rooms, double occupancy
  • Support van with drinks, snacks and lifts
  • Free use of bicycles
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Entrance fees
*as noted in itinerary

What's Not:
  • Airfare to/from tour gateways
  • Gratuities for Guides and Crew
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees or service
  • Internet, laundry, phone services

Scheduled Dates

9 Aug 2020

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$6795
  • Single room: $1095
  • Bicycle rental: free
  • Airport pick up: free
All costs are per person in US Dollars.
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