Category: Unique Experiences

Driving the Haines Highway (150 miles on a Dead-End Road, but Loving Every Minute of It!)

Have you ever driven almost 150 miles on a dead end road?  That’s basically what you’re doing if you’re driving the Haines Highway from Haines Junction, Yukon (located on the historic Alaska Highway) to the charming town of Haines, Alaska.  Driving the Haines Highway and hanging out in Haines for a couple nights was one …

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Things to Do in Atlin, BC – Jamming at the Atlin Arts and Music Festival

The thing about traveling to Alaska is that many of the interesting things to do and see along the way are down dead end roads.  I had read about Atlin in the tourist literature available at nearby tourist centers and the Milepost guidebook and it sounded like it was interesting, but decided to go there …

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Driving the Cassiar Highway to Alaska

When driving to Alaska from the USA, there are two traditional routes, the Alaska Highway and the Cassiar Highway.  I had the joy of driving the Cassiar Highway on my way up to Alaska.   While Driving the Cassiar highway, you will have nice views, but the various detours you can do off the highway were …

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The Abandoned Cassiar Asbestos Mine in Cassiar, British Columbia

On my big trip to Alaska, I was always looking for interesting side trips.  The useful road and provincial park map of northern British Columbia provided by the helpful BC visitor centers depicts a short road up to a town called “Cassiar”.  Since I was on the Cassiar highway, I figured this must be an …

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Exploring the Nass Valley, BC (Lava, Hot Springs, Eagles, and Fish -n- Chips)

While at the Williams Lake Stampede, I met a guy from Smithers and he gave me lots of great ideas for side trips on my roadtrip to Alaska.   One of his suggestions was to visit the Nass Valley in northeastern British Columbia for interesting First Nations (Native American) villages, lava flow, and hot springs.  I …

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North Pacific Cannery National Historical Site (Overfishing on the Skeena River)

On my big road trip to Alaska, I decided to make a detour to Prince Rupert.  I had met some nice people from Prince Rupert at the Fountain of Youth Spa on the Salton Sea in California.  Prince Rupert has a nice waterfront, but the tourist attraction that had the biggest impact on me was …

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Things to Do in Hyder, Alaska (4th of July – Glaciated and Hyderized)

When planning my big trip to Alaska, I originally figured I would be in British Columbia (BC) for the 4th of July, since I was going to be spending Canada day in Barkerville, smack dab in the center of BC.  But then I got to researching and found there is one small outpost of Alaska …

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Canada Day at Barkerville BC (Celebrating the first Dominion Day)

My time at the Williams Lake Stampede, a Canada Day weekend tradition, was fun, but I decided to move closer to Alaska and had googled “where to spend Canada Day near Williams Lake”.   I quickly discovered a historical village called Barkerville.  Canada Day at Barkerville is their biggest day of the year as they celebrate …

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Fun Things to Do in Williams Lake BC (I Wanna Be a Cowboy…)

I recently had the pleasure to spend the weekend before Canada Day in Williams Lake, British Columbia which happens to be the weekend of the Williams Lake Stampede.   For a town with a population around 11,000 and no marquee attractions, I found lots of fun things to do in Williams Lake.  I did this stop …

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Best Time to Sail Croatia – 7 Reasons Why You Should Do Sail Croatia in October

Croatia is a beautiful country and a quickly growing tourist destination.  The number of visitors increases yearly – the number that visited between 2010 and 2017 increased by 64 percent!  There are many charming villages to visit, and some of the best villages are on the islands.  While you can take ferries to most of …

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