Start south, GoNorth!

A road trip from Seattle to Whitehorse

By Yvonne Friedrich, April 20, 2017

Winter in Whitehorse is beautiful, but long. By the end of April 2016 we traveled down south to find Vancouver fully in bloom already. A reasonably priced and very scenic train ride along the coast brought us to Seattle. After discovering this attractive city for a few days, we took over a truck camper at the GoNorth Car & RV rental station close to the Seattle International Airport.

Seattle in Spring

In the background, you can see the Space Needle. The observation tower is an icon of Seattle.

Miners Landing on Pier 57

The pier played a significant part in the Seattle gold rush, and is now a central piece of Seattle's vibrant and historic waterfront.

GoNorth vehicles are not numbered, they have names, which makes your camper like a friend right away. Our truck camper answered to the name of “Josey”. Our camping adventure with Josey started on the Olympic Peninsula. From there we took the ferry to charming Victoria on Vancouver Island. Slowly, we made our way towards the northern part of Vancouver Island – spending several days exploring the interior and the east coast. We enjoyed walking in the fairytale-like rainforest, a very different vegetation from what we knew in the Yukon. Due to travelling early in the camping season, we had a lot of great spots just for ourselves.

Josey in the Woods

Josey resting in the rainforest on Vancouver Island.

Charming Victoria

In Victoria on Vancouver Island, heritage architecture, colourful gardens and traditions like afternoon tea are mixed with outdoor adventure, culinary experiences, cocktail and craft beer scenes.

Telegraph Cove

Nestled between ocean and rainforest in the northern Vancouver Island wilderness lies Telegraph Cove.

After an impressive ferry trip through the Inside Passage we were back on the mainland. A guided tour at the historic North Pacific Cannery in Port Edwards gave us a great insight into the salmon industry. We were also impressed with the huge dimension – 10 km by 3 km! – of the lava bed at the Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park, north of Terrace.
It was a little too early for salmon fishing in the Skeena River, but several lakes – such as the Dease Lake – along the scenic Stewart-Cassiar Highway offered great fishing opportunities. It was an awesome time of year to see lots of wildlife along this 725 km stretch of highway that runs north to the Yukon border – we stopped counting the bears on the roadside.

Volcanic eruption

Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park offers spectacular natural features and a dramatic introduction to Nisga’a culture.

Room with a view

Yvonne and Josey enjoying Dease Lake on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway.

By the time we were back home in Whitehorse, summer was back with us! We were a little sad to drop off Josey at the GoNorth Car & RV rental station just across the Alaska Highway from the Whitehorse airport. This reliable truck camper was the perfect means of transportation for our spring getaway. And due to the off-season, one way special, it fitted our limited budget.

Watch the video of Joseys adventure with Yvonne & Pascal!

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2 Comments to “ Start south, GoNorth!”

  1. bob says :Reply

    interested in renting large SUV in anchorage, via Fairbanks and dropping off at Whitehorse.
    3 adult drivers. no pets. We have driven from Seattle to Whitehorse
    Twice before. but wanted less driving time. like n. lights and photography. Like some dirt road adventures. rates? unlimited miles? Any one specials?
    9/12 anchorage – 9-26- Whitehorse. Can you give us referral contacts of happy clients. Not much inof on you on line. Nice website though.

    1. GoNorth Alaska says :Reply

      Hi Bob, thank you very much for your comment and the compliment on our website. I have forwarded your request to our reservations team and they will get back to you shortly with availability and rates. Have a great day! Anna/GoNorth

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