Gravel highway from Watson Lake to Carmacks through the Yukon interior; 602 kilometers (374 miles). This gravel thoroughfare connects Watson Lake and Carmacks, Yukon Territory, and is the most direct route to Dawson City for northbound travelers. The highway follows the route of explorer Robert Campbell, who was sent into the Yukon during the 1840s by the Hudson’s Bay Company to set up trading posts among the Athapaskan tribes. Fur traders had heard tales from the natives of a great westward-flowing river, and part of Campbell’s mission was to discover and map this waterway. Campbell and his voyageurs paddled up the Frances River, portaged over the low divide to the Pelly River, and continued westward to reach the Yukon. Along the way, Campbell named prominent landmarks after his superiors in the fur trade, the factors and governors of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Gold-rush stampeders used Campbell’s route as they traveled overland from Edmonton. The modern highway travels mostly through forested lowlands, occasionally passing large lakes and offering views of distant ranges.
This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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