In July 2011, while on Terminal Leave, before retirement from the Navy, I did manage another trip through Canada, this time through 2 Provinces with the ultimate goal of visiting the legendary Whipsaw Trail, just north of Princeton, BC. It was a tough one with the heavy drifts of snow and dead-fall we had to chop though. What can be a one-day trip turned into 3 long days as we crawled through snow drifts off-camber and chopped downed trees blocking the trail. Flippin' awesome experience and a great group of mates.
Here's a nice video that captures that trip, including Russian hookers....
Theres much amazing country to see in Canada. I drove through 3 times up and back from Alaska in 89, 90 and 92. Jasper and Banff parks are nothing short of stunning. The immensity of the country through BC and the Yukon Territory are also stunning.
Id like to do the drive to Inuvik, and over the Top of the World Hwy to the Eagle Ak area.
After being out on the boardwalks at Liard Hot Spings, with the bear warning signs out, some areas closed because of bear activity, and all I had was my Randall knife, I later bought an old Model 12 Winchester, cut it down to 20" barrel, added rifle sights and sling, and had a decent takedown case made for it. There were a couple fatalities from a bear attack on that very place some time after I went through there. When the attack started, one guy ran all the way back to the parking area, got his rifle and ran all the way back, but 2 people were dead by then. He shot the bear, a smallish black. Taking firearms through Canada for protection from wild animals isnt as hard as many seem to think. Just no handguns for visitors. I figured the model 12 in a day pack was far better than a gun in the truck a couple miles away.
The Al-Can highway is on my bucket list. Some of the mystique is gone since it has been paved, still should be an epic adventure.
I've read that Canada can be tough to get a travel visa for if you have ANY type of conviction, including vehicular (DUI's etc). I haven't done any research on it as I don't have any travel plans on the agenda yet.