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The Yukon Move

The Yukon Move


I started this journey at my parents place on the outskirts of Port Dover, ON. It was a difficult decision to move to the Yukon, but I believe we all walk our own path in life and I’m trying to find mine.

When I finally made up my mind and decided I was going to do this, move to the Yukon, I knew I would have to live in my car for at least a few weeks while I drive out there and figure out my housing situation. So I transformed my car into my own car-camper. I’ll make a post later on with tips and tricks for living out of your car.

I left for the Yukon on Tuesday, May 30th at 10 am EST. It was a nice day in sunny southern Ontario with few clouds.  

My primary concerns at the beginning of this journey was if I would find good spots to park my car at night and if my car would actually make it to the Yukon while towing all my stuff. It’s just a small 2.2 litre engine car.

A few areas of Ontario that really stood out to me were Temagami, Kapuskaking and Thunder Bay area. I recommend checking out the Terry Fox Lookout near Thunder Bay on Highway 17.

I had a slight bump in the road as I was driving through northern Ontario on Highway 11. I ran out of gas when I was only 7 km from a gas station. It was on a stretch of highway between Hearst and Longlac that is 210 km without a single gas station. I made a miscalculation on how far apart the gas stations were and how much gas my car was going through since I was pulling a trailer. I called CAA and got gas delivered within an hour and a half, problem solved.

Manitoba

Almost as soon as you cross the border from ON to MB, you hit flat farmland. I liked this because it was much easier on my car. I thought my transmission might blow when I was in hilly northern Ontario.

I crossed some beautiful rivers like the Red River that flow into Hudson Bay. Future canoe routes. I’ve always wanted to take a river north to Hudson Bay.

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan had its signature wheat fields that extend far off into the distance. Large farms with big grain silos, elevators and other farm equipment. I also noticed a lot more trains. I drove on Yellowhead Highway 16 through Saskatoon to Edmonton.

Alberta

In my drive through Alberta, I made a quick pit stop at my long time friend Andrew F.’s place. It was good to visit him at his place in Edmonton. We had a few beers and he gave me a tour of downtown. After Edmonton, it was now time to experience the Alaska Highway. I was really excited about this leg of the journey. The highway was created in World War 2 and as the name says, it goes to Alaska. I was starting to see more and more RVs, truck-campers, van-campers, etc. 

British Columbia

Driving through the northern Rocky Mountains in British Columbia completely took my breath away. I couldn’t believe how much wildlife I saw. There were countless numbers of bears, sheep, caribou, moose, bison and more. I was taking pictures every 5 minutes.

Yukon

5,500 km and $821 in gas later, I’m in the Yukon!

The beauty I saw in British Columbia continued down the Alaska Highway into the Yukon. Yukon’s slogan is ‘Larger than Life’ and it truly is. This place is massive in every sense. The landscape and mountains are intense. I can’t wait to explore and experience this beautiful part of Canada.

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Happy Hiking, 

Adventure Jim

 

Editor Note: All pictures on this website have been taken by me. I was mainly using my iPhone but I determined my Nikon Coolpix L32 takes better landscape photos so I’ve been using that more. I do not use filters or alter my pictures in any way. I’m new to photography but slowly learning. I might invest in a DSLR someday.

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