North­ern Ad­ven­ture in the Yukon

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

The South Canol Road, lo­cated about a two-hour drive south­east of White­horse, is per­fect for a great mul­ti­day bikepack­ing op­tion or a mam­moth sin­gle-day ride. Un­like op­tions far­ther south, there’s not much on the South Canol Road be­yond two camp­sites and a high­way main­te­nance work camp. The road was built in the 1940s to de­velop a pipe­line. It’s twisty, not par­tic­u­larly well­main­tained and, as a re­sult, largely car-free.

“The South Canol Road is re­mote, even by Yukon stan­dards,” says An­thony Delorenzo, who lives in White­horse and is heav­ily in­volved in the cy­cling com­mu­nity. “You’ll see plenty of wildlife, and you’ll want to bring bear spray.”

While the 230-km road could be done in a sin­gle day with ve­hi­cle sup­port, Delorenzo notes that there are many min­ing roads that con­nect with South Canol, open­ing up even more op­por­tu­ni­ties. “The camp­ing spots are end­less,” he says.

For a big­ger ad­ven­ture, you can cre­ate a loop us­ing the South Canol Road, Robert Camp­bell High­way, Klondike High­way and Alaska High­way to hit a four-fig­ure trip dis­tance. Do check in with the Yukon Tourism of­fice for greater de­tail on the South Canol Road when plan­ning your trek. De­pend­ing on snow melt, the road is open from May to Septem­ber.

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