Alberta, if you read my tweets, was basically like a foreign Idaho. There were a lot of plains and a lot of wind. Calgary seemed like a city I would want to check out sometime in the summer, and the people I encountered in Edmonton were most helpful and friendly. The rest areas were… I won’t sugar coat for you… disgusting. Seriously. I always dreaded each time we pulled in for a stop. Gross. The campgrounds were nice, fairly spacious and not too many people. The weather was windy, but the further north you get, the more trees there are. All in all, I would give Alberta… out of 5 stars… 3 stars.
British Columbia –
This is going to have to be in two parts because we will be coming back through here after our stint in Alaska. British Columbia and I are getting to be good friends. There are parts of it that are pretty plain, but driving along the Al-Can is quite possibly the most beautiful highway I have ever been on (I can’t say the Going-to-the-Sun Highway is because it was super foggy both days we attempted to cross it).There are trees and mountains, and even though it is early September, the Aspens are changing colors. Bright yellow trees line the roads and rivers. It really is beautiful here. I’m actually writing this from the Al-Can as we speak and I wish you could be seeing what we’re seeing. Let me just say: I’m so glad I learned how to type without looking at the keyboard… thanks to a certain persistent high school teacher (one of the many many things I learned from her that have stuck with me). Back to British Columbia… Almost every campground we have been to has been completely packed. I’m not sure if this is because it’s a holiday weekend or what, but I feel like no one is at home and everyone is out camping. We’ve been turned away from several campgrounds because they have been full. Not fun after a long day of driving. My other major complaint about British Columbia, this may be specific to the Al-Can, is the ridiculous prices. Ladies and gentlemen, this is no trick of the eye or illusion, this is the truth: We paid $6.62/gal for gas along the Al-Can. There was one campground that wanted $50 a night for RV hookups plus a fee for each vehicle. We didn’t stay there. The point of the story is that the Al-Can is wicked expensive, but the views along the way are phenomenal. The only way I could be happier with it, prices aside, is if I could spend more than a night in each place. We’re on a schedule though.
Yukon Territory -
The landscapes were gorgeous. The aspens were all turning that vivid yellow color that you just can't help but look at. Whitehorse was not my favorite town. The guy at the gas station (only friendly person we met there) described it well by saying, "It's a small town with a big town feel". If it weren't for the ridiculously cold, snowy winters, I might consider living out there. I have had my best stranger moments in the Yukon than I have elsewhere on this trip. In other words, I've met some really awesome people. I would definitely visit, and if you don't like the cold or snow, I would arrange my visit in the summer.