Ever wanted to travel to a different country without leaving your car? Thanks to the legendary Alaskan-Canadian Highway (ALCAN), this is possible. Plus, you can bring your furry friend along for the ride. This massive interstate was built by both American and Canadian workers in an effort to aid transportation of both people and resources between the two nations. Beginning in Delta Junction, Alaska and ending in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, this trek offers dazzling sights and fun-filled experiences for all kinds of people.
The 1,300+ mile long highway begins in Delta Junction, Alaska. Surrounded by breathtaking mountains and filled with a rich, post-WWII history, this small town offers much to see. If you’re looking to spend the night, check out this home on Clearwater Lake. Suitable for up to five people and a pet, this is the perfect destination for the whole family to enjoy the raw beauty Alaska has to offer.
Approximately two hours southeast lies the Alaskan city of Tok. Known as the sled dog capital of the world, it’s not uncommon to see residents training or commanding their loyal companions in some sled-related activities. And who knows, maybe during your time here, your dog could pick up the hobby, too!
If you’re interested in camping, or traveling by RV, be sure to check out Sourdough Campground. Complete with a laundry area, gift shop, and open air museum, there’s no shortage of things to do. Though, the best part of staying here would have to be the gorgeous views of Alaskan wilderness.
After traveling further southeast, you’ll eventually come to the Canadian border. Currently, you must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter Canada for leisure purposes. You will need to provide proof of vaccination upon entering Canada. You also may be asked by the Canadian border patrol what the purpose of your visit is, and it’s important to have a form of identification such as a passport handy.
You will also need to fill out some paperwork for your dog to enter the country, too. Dogs need to have valid Rabies vaccination paperwork in order to enter, and depending on the age of your dog, you will need a document from a veterinarian proving their age.
As long as you provide the proper documentation, your journey across the border should be simple and quick.
Once you make it across the border, you’ll find yourself in Canada’s western-most province; Yukon. Known for massive ice fields and an array of wildlife like Caribou, Grizzly Bears, and Moose, it’s popular among wilderness enthusiasts. By the time you make it to the town of Whitehorse, you’ll have been driving for almost nine hours, so it’s a great spot to pull off and rest for the night. The Sternwheeler Hotel and Conference Center is a great place to relax and unwind. Featuring a fitness center and restaurant on ground, you’ll have everything you need for a restful and relaxing evening with your pooch.
And while we at DogFriendly hope your dog stays safe and healthy during the trip, we know accidents happen. So, if you need to take Fido to the vet, have no fear. All Paws Veterinary Clinic is there to help with whatever your pet needs.
And while Yukon is a gorgeous province, it’s one of the least populated areas in Canada’s borders. Because of this, there aren’t many dog-friendly restaurants or leisure activities in the many small towns that make up Yukon’s population. Yukon might be a province best enjoyed from the road.
After making your way through Yukon, you’ll find yourself in British Columbia, the only province in Canada where you can go to the beach and go skiing on the same day. British Columbia contains spectacular scenery and an array of activities for all types of people. After being on the road for a long day, what better way to unwind than a stay at the Super 8 by Wyndham Fort Nelson? Near the Heritage Museum and complete with an indoor pool, hot tub, and free breakfast, it’s the perfect place to loosen up.
About four hours away is one of the last stops along your journey; Lake Charlie. Great for fishing, boating, and hiking in the summertime, it’s a great spot to pull off and grab a bite to eat, too. If Fido has a hankering for a treat, check out ZooFood, a family-owned pet supply store that carries collars, leashes, treats, food, and toys. This doggie paradise is sure to satisfy every kind of pup.
After your stop in Lake Charlie, you’re on the home stretch! Only an hour away lies the southern terminus of the Alaskan Highway: Dawson Creek. The “Mile 0 City” is known for its close-knit, small town feel, it’s a great place to call home for a few days, especially at the Stonebridge Hotel. Complete with an on-site restaurant, free breakfast, and a fitness center, you’ll have everything you need to feel rested and recharged before exploring Dawon Creek.
To celebrate your arrival at your final destination, why not take your pup to the Dawson Creek Dog Park to burn off some steam. After being in the car for a whopping 24 hours, your dog will certainly have some steam to blow off. And who knows, it might even be their first steps on Canadian soil!
This trip, while long and sometimes isolated, is a breathtaking experience for you and your dog to share. And what’s better than international travel from the comfort of your own car? As always, be sure to contact any hotels before booking to make sure your pet fits their requirements. Some hotels don’t accept certain breeds or dogs above a certain weight, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
And keep in mind that this is not the only way to travel across the Alaskan Highway – we at DogFriendly are just here to give you a few tips and recommendations to help everything go smoothly. Best of luck, and safe travels!