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Great Alaska Highway Ride


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General Information

What we need you to do

  • Fill out your Guest Questionnaire
  • Make sure you have any necessary visas
  • Spend some time warming up for the tour

Guides

You will be getting a pre-tour email regarding your guide team prior to departure. In addition to basic info, such as their name, it will also have phone contacts should you need to reach them while in transit or if you can't seem to connect in the airport. You can also relay messages via our main office if you get delayed enroute.

Tipping

While tipping is not mandatory, it is always a nice way to say thanks for a job well done and greatly appreciated by your crew. We would like to offer the following suggested amounts for your crew members, of course subject to how well or how far above the call of duty they went. (suggestions are per guest per crew member)
    Support Crew: $200

Itinerary

Download Itinerary PDF

Travel Needs

Meeting Point & Time

Our tour meets at the Ramada Inn in Leduc Alberta (8340 Sparrow Crescent, Leduc, AB T9E 8B7 - Ramada Website). Meeting time is 9 am.

Phone: 1-780-980-0986
Fax: 1-780-980-4003

Please note that some hotel booking websites list the Ramada Inn as being in Nisku, others list it as being in Leduc. The two cities run together and are on the east side of the Edmonton Airport.

Flight Requirements

The Great Alaska Highway Ride tour uses Edmonton International Airport as the arrival gateway and Fairbanks International Airport as the departure point.

You need to plan your flights to arrive before the time listed below and to depart after wards. The arrival time is earlier than the meeting time to provide the time necessary to clear formalities and claim your baggage. Please note that we can not accommodate flight times outside what is listed, as it would adversely effect all guests on your tour.
    Arrive: Fly into Edmonton (YEG) before 7 am on Day 1
    Depart: Fly out of Fairbanks (FAI) anytime on Day 25 (guest can fly out after 11 pm on Day 24 if they wish)

Due to flight schedules most folks arrive the day before to tour starts and depart the day after it ends.

Visa and Passport needs

Passports are required for all citizens guests joining the Great Alaska Highway Ride. Your passport should have at least 6 months validity left on the date your trip starts. Most airlines will not let you board without, so don't show up hoping to talk your way onboard, get your passport renewed well in advance.

Visas are not required for this tour for citizens of the USA and Canada. Citizens of other countries should check with the nearest USA and Canada Embassies or Consulates.

Guests are responsible for obtaining a passport and the necessary visas or other travel documents necessary for your trip (including any transit points enroute to or from the tour). No refunds will be issued if you are prohibited from traveling due to your failure to obtain the necessary documents, nor will Pedalers be responsible for any additional costs should you have to change your routing during the tour due to your failure to obtain the necessary documents.

Vaccinations & Health needs

No travel immunizations are necessary to enter the USA or Canada.

Destination Info

Currency, Exchange & ATMs

ATMs are available in our bigger stops (Dawson Creek, Ft Nelson, Whitehorse, Delta Junction, Fairbanks). Most take a wide range of cards, Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, Plus.

A few things to keep in mind though:
  • Both Local ATM providers AND your bank back home may charge a fee for using the ATM.
  • If you have multiple accounts tied to a single debit card, international ATMs will usually default to your current or checking account.

For our international guests, both the USA and Canada use Dollars as their currency, with the USA issuing paper notes in the amounts of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100 dollars, and Canada issuing notes in the amounts of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, plus coins for 1 & 2 dollars. The two currencies are NOT on par and exchange rates over the past few years have fluctuated between 0.95 & 0.75 CAD to 1.0 USD.

Cell Phones & Internet

Cellular phone service through the Yukon is spotty, with coverage in the cities and towns along the way, but not much outside. Each year a bit more coverage gets added, but one should not count on being able to call home every night. Service in the Alaska is available along most of the route. Travelers coming from outside the USA & Canada, need to check if their phone accommodates the North American frequencies (800 / 1900 mHz).

Wifi will be available at a few of our stops. This service is free at some stops and at extra cost at others. While decent speeds will be available in the bigger cities, in the countryside it will be much slower. We suggest that you not plan on any video streaming or other such hi-speed oriented downloads.

Power

Both the USA and Canada use 110V 60Hz power. The outlets are set up to use flat bladed plugs.

Most modern electronics now accommodate voltage ranges from 110V to 220V, so a power converter usually is not necessary if your camera, phone, laptop have been built within the last 5 to 10 years.

Weather

Summer in the far north is pleasant, with cool evenings and warm days. The earlier part of June may see crisp evenings with temperatures dropping down to or below freezing, but warming back up in the daytime.

Tourist Offices & Embassies

United Kingdom:
United States Embassy
24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 2LQ

High Commission of Canada
Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London SW1Y 5BJ

Australia
United States Embassy
Moonah Place, Yarralumla, ACT 2600

High Commission of Canada
Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra ACT 2600

Netherlands
United States Embassy
Lange Voorhout 102, 2514 EJ Den Haag

Embassy of Canada
Sophialaan 7, 2514 JP Den Haag

In Camp

Because of the areas and conditions in which this tour operates, what goes on in camp will be different than other tours you may have done in the continental USA or lower Canada. Please review this info as you prepare for your tour, so you are prepared and aware.

Your Campsite

Many of our campgrounds are commercial sites where we have access to running water, flush toilets and hot showers. However some evenings will be in government run campgrounds in State or Provincial Parks, National Forests, etc. These later campgrounds tend to be simpler with outhouses or basic bathrooms with running water.

Each campground will assign Pedalers sites for our use and in most cases we will be setting up at least two tents per assigned spot. We ask that guests stick with our assigned spots and not infringe upon our neighbors by setting up elsewhere.

Some campgrounds have coin operated showers, cost for which will be the guest's responsibility (allowing you to shower as long or as quickly as you wish).

Food & Drink

Meals provided include a cooked breakfast and dinner on camping nights and lunch stops during the cycling (number per day based on distance). We provide a variety of foods and in reasonable quantity to recharge for cycling. But due to limits on how much food we can safely carry with us and the lack of stores along our routes, we can not accommodate food or snack requests outside meal times. If you have a high metabolism and need to eat between meals or immediately after riding, we suggest bringing snacks and energy bars to supplement your needs.

A drink cooler with soft drinks and beer is available at dinner time. The first one is on us, any additional beers are $2 each, sodas $1 each. This is an honor system, there will be a money cup near the drinks for payment. Selection is dependent on local availability, but we try to have a variety to choose from.

These drinks are available ONLY at dinner time, they are not available at breakfast, lunch or early afternoon in camp. As with foods, we are limited on how many drinks we carry and where we can restock.

We do not use disposable paper or plastic eating utensils and plates for meals in camp, rather we use washable, reusable items. Each guest will be provided with a set of eating utensils, plate, bowl, cup and kitchen towel. Our crew will set up a washing station after each meal, BUT guests will be responsible for washing their assigned items. Do not expect your guides to wash your dishes, they have enough to wash with all the cooking gear.

Bear Precautions in Camp.

Our trip travels through country inhabited by bears, with both Black and Grizzly Bears. For the most part, the bears could care less about us and give us plenty of berth, but like most animals the smell of human food is enticing.

Absolutely NO FOOD is to be taken into or eaten inside the tents. NO EXCEPTIONS! Afternoon or evening snacks should be eaten outside the tent.

Likewise no toiletries should be inside the tents at any point in time in camp. ALL snacks, energy bars, drink mixes, energy gels and ALL toiletries should be placed in the "Bear Box" container sitting by the kitchen trailer. This container will be stored inside the kitchen trailer at night. Please close the bear box lid whenever you are done storing or accessing your items.

We suggest bringing a small nylon bag or similar to keep your foods and toiletries in. There will be other guests sharing the bear box, so keeping your gear in a single bag (or a single food bag plus a separate toilet kit), makes it easier to find and keeps snacks from being mixed up.

In campgrounds without a full bathroom with sinks, when brushing your teeth, please go to the forested edge of your campsite, to rinse your mouth and squirt a bit more water to break up any foam on the ground.

Please note that these bear precautions are mandatory. Any guest who chooses to ignore these rules will be expelled from the tour for the safety of the other guests. There is no refund if the guides eject you for this or other issues.

Community Zone

Your guides will be setting up a "dining/relaxing" area in camp each night near where the support vehicles are parked. We will have folding chairs available, canopies if the skies look rainy and can wrap the whole thing with mosquito nets if the little devils are pesky.

The area around the support vans, kitchen trailer and dining canopy is a work area. Your guides need to pack away the kitchen before they go to sleep and set it up again in the morning. As such, this area is not a quiet area and folks wishing to go to sleep earlier should not set up nearby, as the crew can not forego their chores because you were too lazy to set up further away. We also ask that guests wanting to stay up later and talk, that they hang out in the dining canopy area.

Camp Time

Because we enjoy extremely long daylight hours and don't suffer from afternoon heat, there is no reason to start earlier on longer days. Each day starts at the same time, with an occasional dinner time pushed back to accommodate a very long ride.

The average day starts with coffee ready at 7:30ish and hot food at 8. Dinners are served around 6:30, or later on very long days. On century days we schedule dinner late enough for folks to have time to shower or clean up before dinner.

Hotel List

Hotel List


Fort Nelson
Woodlands Inn
3995-50th Avenue South
Phone: (250) 774-6669

Munch Lake Provincial Park
Northern Rockies Lodge
Phone: (250) 776-3481

Watson Lake
Bighorn Hotel
Phone: (867) 536-2020

Whitehorse
Ramada Inn
2288 Second Avenue
Phone: (867) 668-4747

Beaver Creek
Westmark Beaver Creek
Phone: (867) new number soon

Camping List


Dawson Creek
Mile Zero Campground
Phone: (250) 782-2590

Charlies Lake
Charlies Lake Rotary Campground
Phone: (250) 827-3676

Sikanni
Pink Mountain Lodge & Campground
Phone: (250) 772-5400

Prophet River
Prophet River Provincial Park
Phone: no phone, government campground

Testa River
Testa River Ranch
Phone: (250) 774-1005

Liard River (2 nights)
Liard River Hot Springs Park
Phone: no phone, government campground

Rancheria
Rancheria RV Park
Phone: (867) 851-6456

Teslin
Yukon Motel Camp Park
Phone: (867) 390-2575

Johnson Crossing
Johnsons Crossing Lodge
Phone: (867) 390-2607

Haines Junction
Klaune RV Kampground
Phone: (867) 634-2709

Kluane Lake
Cottonwood Park
Phone: no phone

Kluane River
Lake Creek Provincial Park
Phone: no phone, government campground

Tetlin Wildlife Refuge
Lakeview Campground
Phone: no phone, government campground

Tok
Tundra RV Park
Phone: (907) 883-5885

Delta Junction
Smiths Green Acres RV Park
Phone: (907) 895-4369



The US and Canada's country code is 1.

NOTE: Campground phone numbers are usually the managers office and are for emergency messages only, not for casual calls.

The hotels listed here are our first choice properties, but may not be available for all departures. If a substitution is necessary it will be of similar or better quality.

Bicycle Info

Using Our Bike

Please note that Pedalers does not provide helmets or waterbottles. We suggest bringing one large waterbottle to use. Our support vehicles carry plenty of water to refill during the day.

If you ride regularly at home and use clip in pedals or have a favorite comfortable saddle, feel free to bring those with you and our guides will be happy to swap them out for you.

To help our guides have the correct size bikes available, we will need an accurate measurement of your height and inseam. Height should measured while barefooted. Your inseam should also be measured in bare feet and please note that the inseam value listed on your pants is not accurate for sizing a bike, follow the directions below.

Stand with your back against a wall, your bare feet 6 inches (15 cm) apart on a hard floor, looking straight ahead. Place a book between your legs with one edge against the wall, and pull it up firmly into your crotch, simulating the pressure of your saddle while riding. Have a friend measure from the top edge of the book to the floor. Repeat two or three times, for consistency, and average the results to get your inseam length.

Bringing Your Personal Bike for the Tour

If your bicycle hasn't had its annual overhaul, now is the time to do it !!

We expect that your bike will be in suitable shape for this tour when you arrive, as we strike out on tour the morning after you arrive and don't have time to overhaul your bike for you. Take your bike into your favorite shop and ask them to do a complete overhaul, so you can enjoy your tour with us.

Some items that they should be doing during the overhaul:

  • Check, clean & repack all bearings
  • Check tires, replace if dry-rotted or worn tread
  • Check, adjust or replace all brake and shift cables
  • Check, clean & oil chain
  • Check, clean & adjust brakes
  • Check all nuts and bolts holding accessories

While our guide teams try to have a wide variety of spares, such as cables, inner tubes, etc, it is always advisable to bring at least two or three spare inner tubes that fit you bike with you to the tour.

To prepare your bike for the flight, first shift your front and rear derailleurs to their inner most position (smallest gear in front, largest cog in back). This brings the derailleurs inside the protection of the frame.

Next loosen both your stem and handlebars, so that you can turn them to the right and then rotate the handlebars down, so that they end up curling inside your frame. Then re-tighten the bolts. This will protect your brake levers during shipping. Finally, loosen and remove your pedals. We suggest putting them in a plastic bag and packing them in your luggage.

In this form your bike will fit inside the boxes provided by the airlines or will fly as is (our guides send their bikes without boxes this way quite often). If your airline does not provide boxes and will not accept the bike unboxed (check when your book your tickets), then ask your local bike shop for a box (as big of one as they have). Disassemble the bike as little as possible, hopefully you can get away with only removing the front wheel and seat/seatpost. If you have to remove the wheel(s) take out the quick release skewers, as they will get bent otherwise. Be sure to put any small parts in a plastic bag and attach it to the bike frame.

Clothing & Equipment

To Wear

Cycling Gear
  • Cycling Shorts
  • Jerseys / T-shirts
  • Socks
  • Cycling Gloves
  • Cycling Shoes
  • Rain Jacket
  • Helmet
  • Waterbottle

Cold Weather Cycling Gear
  • Tights or Leggings
  • Pile vest
  • Midweight Gloves (poly-pro, pile or wool)
  • Arm warmers
  • Balaclava or helmet liner
  • Wind or Rain Pants

After Riding Clothes(casual wear)
  • Pants / Shorts / Skirts
  • Shirts
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Undergarments
  • Lightweight Pile Jacket or Sweater
  • Ski hat or cap


To Use

  • Helmet
  • Waterbottle (large for bike)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera & spare batteries
  • Memory Cards
  • Favorite Energy Snack
  • Binoculars
  • Notepad or journal
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Scarf or Bandanna
  • Medications and Hygiene needs
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Travel Clock
  • Guide books and/or Language guides

Baggage
  • Duffel or softside suitcase
  • Fanny Pack or Day Pack
  • Passport wallet


To Camp

  • Bath Towel, Washcloth
  • *Tent
  • *Sleeping Bag (rated down to at least 15°F or colder!)
  • *Ground Pad / Mattress
* Only if you plan to bring your own tent and camping gear.


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