Canol Road

Venture by bike to the northern fringe of the Rocky Mountains in the remote Northeast Yukon!

The Canol Road takes you through some of the most isolated and beautiful territory in North America.

Date: August 28 – September 5, 2022

Cost: $3,395 pp

Duration: 10 days

Riding: 285 miles over remote gravel roads. Route maps: North Canol, South Canol

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Cycle through a remote region of North America to the edge of the Rocky Mountains!

 

During WWII, the US army constructed a road to bring oil from the Mackenzie River in Northwest Territory to a refinery in Whitehorse. Two years after completion, the 176 million dollar project was abandoned. The dirt road is still seasonally maintained by the Canadian government. The winding route takes you through some of the most beautiful northern country in this hemisphere. Bike past pristine lakes with loons calling. Observe relics of the road’s WW II past. View the scenic splendor of the autumn colors in vibrant reds and golds. At night, watch the northern lights overhead from your campsite.

Your journey starts in Whitehorse Yukon, Canada for travel by van to the North Canol Road and the sub alpine splendor near Macmillan Pass. You spend a day exploring the area from our base camp, then head south on your bike back to Ross River and onto the South Canol Road to Johnson’s Crossing.

This tour is fully supported and consists primarily of comfortable wilderness camping. This tour is a true northern adventure and wilderness experience!

Trip Details


 

Arrival & Departure | Whitehorse, Yukon

Capacity |Tour minimum is 4, maximum is 10

Bikes | Specialized Crosstrail flat-bar hybrid bikes with suspension forks are the included bike option, a hard tail mountain bike is also an option. An E-Bike is not an option for this ride.

Vehicle Support | A 15 passenger van will be available each day for tour support and to transport gear.

Other Equipment | All camping and cooking gear provided.

Tour Equipment


 

Specialized Crosstrail

Vehicle Support and Campsite Near NWT Border

Ross River Cable Ferry

Itinerary

Day 1 – We depart Whitehorse, Yukon by van in the morning. We head north on the Klondike and Campbell Highways to Ross River. You spend the night at a YTG campground.

Day 2 – You board the Pelly River cable ferry and cross with the van to the opposite shore where the North Canol Road begins. We continue by van up the road and camp near the Northwest Territories border with a view of the Itsi Mountains. This is the northern end of the Rockies! We’ll head to the YT/NWT border for a descent back to our campsite. Rusty vehicle relics from the WW II era line the road, and high alpine vistas highlight the changing fall colors. 30 miles.

It is possible to charter a flightseeing plane to a small airstrip near this point. This would avoid the van shuttle to begin. With this option, you would meet the group at the Itsi Mountains camp and begin biking the following morning. Contact us for more information.

Day 3 – Follow the river South, then climb over a ridge. The road traverses the remains of an old forest fire that swept through the region.  Fireweed lines the way as you leave the Continental Divide behind. Our camp is on the shores of a large lake. 35 miles.

Day 4 –  You continue your southerly ride through rolling hills. You spend the night at a quaint camp overlooking another small lake. 50 miles.

Day 5 – The last day of riding on the North Canol Road returns you to Ross River and a hot shower. You can bike to camp or shuttle in the van from town to the YTG campground at Lapie Canyon. 35 miles.

Day 6 – The route ascends from the Lapie River Canyon to the start of the South Canol Road. You turn right off the Campbell Highway and pedal your way south to the Pelly Mountains and camp by a lake, 40 miles.

Day 7 – Black spruce and willow line the road as you skirt by small lakes and rivers heading into the Pelly Mountains. The quiet and solitude of this country prevails. The night is spent camping on the shore of Quiet Lake. 55 miles.

Day 8 – You hop on the bikes for your last day of riding as you descend to Johnson’s Crossing and a warm shower at the local motel, 47 miles.

Day 9 – After breakfast the van heads to Whitehorse. You can fly south from there that afternoon or extend your trip in our around Whitehorse.

Lodging

The Canol Road Tour is primarily wilderness camping with few facilities along the route. We bring a comfortable camp site with us – see photos of sites below.

We stay in a hotel at Johnson’s Crossing on the last evening after finishing our ride – see photo of celebratory cinnamon role below.

Maps

See the route profiles for the North and South Canol Road. Elevation profiles included.