We woke up and crossed the border into Canada early with excitement and an anticipation of difficulties when entering another country. This could not be further from the truth. The Canadian boarder guards were polite, efficient and encouraging towards the road ahead. We crossed at Port Alcan and took the southern route down into the Yukon.
I have heard many horror stories of vehicles being torn through and inspected with a fine tooth comb for hours on end. Fortunately we were passed through with ease and here’s how we did it.
First; we do not have a new fancy set up with a shiny new travel trailer and matching truck. Our Dutchman is a 92 that looks like it has been well traveled, and this is why I expected bit of boarder hassle. It’s hard to tell from the picture but the whole truck has been keyed front to back. I’m thinking the previous owner did something they should not have. Our truck was purchased at a deal because of the negative aesthetics of having a not so pretty paint job, but she runs great and gets super gas mileage which is more important to us on this venture than keeping up with the Joneses. Even though the outside of our setup was less than desired our inside was clean, remodeled and very homey. We made it obvious that we live (happily) in our trailer and not just piled in and dwelling an escapees lifestyle, running from the law or past poor choices. What I mean, is in this day and age, profiling is an issue so we beat the stereotypes by being neat and organized. Although not so much in the below photo of the doggos enjoying their home.
Second; we are young, so again we beat the preconceived stigmas of how people see millennials by having our paperwork in order and being responsible. Our registration, passports and licenses are all current. We are traveling with pets and their paperwork was also up to date. Canada requires current travel licenses, vaccinations and rabies papers for pets and we made sure this was all up to their standards as well. The boarder guards were astonished and thrown back by the fact that we are Alaskans and we weren’t traveling with firearms, so that made the crossing easygoing also.
Cut and split wood is a definite no-no crossing into Canada. They will make you ditch all of it.
After crossing the Dawson Range we ended our second day in Teslin, mile 804 on the alcan. We camped by Morley Bay on Teslin Lake which seemed to go on for infinity in each direction. Tomorrow we conqure the Cassiar Mountains.
I will get into the nature and wildlife in a separate dedicated post. This one was mainly about addressing the boarder.
I welcome any comments, questions and criticism as I am new to blogging and want to provide the best I can for any readers. And as always photos by me and Hillary Brown except the Canadian pic at the top. I took that from the interwebs because in my excitement crossing the border I forgot to snap one.