We did indeed head up to Northwest Territories this morning. I’ll say right up front that we were underwhelmed. This is how it went.
From our campground in Fort Nelson, we drove back along the Alaska Highway about 15 miles to the intersection with Liard Highway. This is sometimes called the Liard Trail and that’s what is on the road sign at the junction. It is possible to make this a longer adventure to Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories, and some Alaska travelers do that. From Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek, or somewhere in that vicinity, the traveler can get on Alberta Highway 35 which leads to Northwest Territories Highway 1 and then Highway 3 to Yellowknife. Travelers can then reconnect with the Alaska Highway by following a gravel road around to Fort Liard and then down to Fort Nelson. Although Yellowknife would be a fine destination, we don’t have that anywhere on our list of places to go or things to see. I might just mention that when we were in Whitehorse the other day, we saw a caravan which had just come from Yellowknife. Those were some of the dirtiest rigs I have ever seen. They may never be clean again.
We just wanted to step our foot into Northwest Territories so we could say we’ve been. Our plan for today was to see what we thought about the road after we got to the border then decide if we wanted to continue on to Fort Liard.
We were disappointed in the scenery. The mowed area along the side of the roadway is much more narrow than what we’ve been seeing along the Alaska Highway. We felt almost like we were in a tunnel and we couldn’t see out. The terrain is rolling hills, but the road didn’t cut through any of the hills or follow along side, but rather up, over, and down the other side. We couldn’t see anything hardly of the expanse of land.
|Fort Nelson Bridge|
We were really disappointed in the wildlife. Being howling wilderness, we did expect to see something. The only thing we saw were ravens.
Being disappointed in the scenery and the wildlife, it was easy to turn around as soon as we got to the Welcome sign for Northwest Territories instead of continuing on 25 more miles to Fort Liard. That was also where we ran out of pavement which made the decision all the more easy. But we’ve been to Northwest Territories and we have the picture to prove it.
So that was our adventure today. Not so adventuresome, but exciting nevertheless to actually be in the Northwest Territories, even just a little bit.
That’s all folks. We’ll be boondocking for the next few days so we don’t expect to have internet again until we get to Edmonton on Saturday or Sunday.
Thanks for tagging along.