Alcan Highway ready for 'Rendezvous'

May 17, 1992|By Knight-Ridder News Service

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Alcan Highway, and the U.S. State Department has issued an advisory for vacationers that's best summed up in the line "The Yukon may be considered frontier territory in many areas."

The 1,500-mile highway starts in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and runs north and west through Fort St. John and Fort Nelson to the Yukon Territory towns of Watson Lake, the capital city of Whitehorse, and onward into Fairbanks, Alaska.

Most of the highway is in good condition, the State Department said, and previously rough sections have been repaired for the "Rendezvous '92" celebrations.

Among official tips for travelers:

* Facilities for car repair, while generally adequate, may be limited outside the larger communities.

* Gas stations are an average of 60 miles apart.

* The cost of food, gasoline and lodging often runs higher than in the continental United States. (A gallon of gas currently costs about $1.30 in Alaska and $2.27 in Canada.)

* Travelers should make sure their medical and auto insurance covers them while in Canada.

For further information, U.S. citizens traveling to Rendezvous '92 can contact the consular section of the U.S. Consulate General at 1095 W. Pender St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6E 2M6; call (604) 685-4311.

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