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AK Canada Highway in May?
an RVer asks...
(Traveling the Alcan in the Spring)
Since you traveled the AK Canada Highway in the spring, how are the roads in May to get to Alaska? We would enter through Calgary, just above Montana. Are RV parks open?
Coleen, the RVing editor comments:
Traveling the Alaska-Canadian Highway in May, you will likely find snow or construction -- or both. Expect there to be some bad spots. You'll find frost heaves and potholes.
However, it probably won't be nearly as bad as you've heard. I believe that most of the problems RVers have when driving the AlCan are caused by driving too fast and pushing too hard. Those who slow down and take it easy don't seem to have nearly as many problems.
That holds true, though, regardless of what time of year you travel it.
As for RV parks, you'll find them limited. Before Memorial Day weekend, I wouldn't bank on finding full-service campgrounds wherever you want them. Even after that, if you want to be sure to have full hook-ups, look ahead and plan your stops.
If you don't need full hook-ups, you have many more options. Even when we drove down last November, we found plenty of places to park for the night. They were safe and adequate for our needs, but not once did we have hook-ups.
I suggest that you aim to drive on the top half of your fuel tank. There can be long stretches with no services available. Depending on the size of your fuel tank and the miles per gallon you get, finding fuel stations along the Alaska Canada Highway will likely be more of an issue than finding campgrounds.
Alaska is a beautiful place with much to see and do. Have a great trip!
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