During WWII, the US army constructed a road to bring oil from the Mackenzie River in Northwest Territory to a refinery in Whitehorse. Two years after completion, the 176 million dollar project was abandoned. The dirt road is still seasonally maintained by the Canadian government. The winding route takes you through some of the most beautiful northern country in this hemisphere. Bike past pristine lakes with loons calling. Observe relics of the road’s WW II past. View the scenic splendor of the autumn colors in vibrant reds and golds. At night, watch the northern lights overhead from your campsite.
459 km / 285 mi
Expert local leadership.
Accommodations for all days of travel (camping or hotels, except last day).
All camping equipment and provisions.
Three meals and snacks for all tour days (excluding arrival and departure days)
Vehicle transportation and support
On tour bike maintenance.
Fees and permits for special sites
Safety equipment, training and certification.
Flights from and to the tour not included
Night before and after the tour not included
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition Challenging = experienced, well trained
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
459 km / 285 mi
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
We depart Whitehorse, Yukon by van in the morning. We head north on the Klondike and Campbell Highways to Ross River. You spend the night at a YTG campground.
You board the Pelly River cable ferry and cross with the van to the opposite shore where the North Canol Road begins. We continue by van up the road and camp near the Northwest Territories border with a view of the Itsi Mountains. This is the northern end of the Rockies! It is possible to charter a flightseeing plane to a small airstrip near this point. This would avoid the van shuttle to begin. With this option, you would meet the group at the Itsi Mountains camp and begin biking the following morning. Contact us for more information.
Today the van shuttles bikers to the NWT border for the ride back to camp. Rusty vehicle relics from the WW II era line the road, and high alpine vistas highlight the changing fall colors. 30 miles.
Follow the river South, then climb over a ridge. The road traverses the remains of an old forest fire that swept through the region. Fireweed lines the way as you leave the Continental Divide behind. Our camp is on the shores of a large lake. 35 miles.
You continue your southerly ride through rolling hills. You spend the night at a quaint camp overlooking another small lake. 50 miles.
The last day of riding on the North Canol Road returns you to Ross River and a hot shower. You can bike to camp or shuttle in the van from town to the YTG campground at Lapie Canyon. 35 miles.
The route ascends from the Lapie River Canyon to the start of the South Canol Road. You turn right off the Campbell Highway and pedal your way south to the Pelly Mountains and camp by a lake, 40 miles.
Black spruce and willow line the road as you skirt by small lakes and rivers heading into the Pelly Mountains. The quiet and solitude of this country prevails. The night is spent camping on the shore of Quiet Lake. 55 miles.
You hop on the bikes for your last day of riding as you descend to Johnson’s Crossing and a warm shower at the local motel, 47 miles.
After breakfast the van heads to Whitehorse. You can fly south from there that afternoon or continue with us on the drive back to Haines, AK to extend your trip or connect to the airport in Juneau.
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