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Thanks for this! We bought our JLURD with this drive in mind. We hope to pull a small camp trailer too. We would have gone already save for the CN border crisis. Hoping 2022 is still a possibility
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I'm in Colorado springs too. We will be leaving July 23rd and meeting up with some friends in Montana then crossing the border. We are heading up the ice fields parkway through Banff. I'm pretty jealous you have three months to spend. We have three weeks so we will definitely be moving. Here are some of the sights we have so far, if this helps.

BC
Banff
Moraine Lake
Lake Louise
Johnston canyon
Athabasca glacier
Maligne lake
Liard hot springs
Smith river falls

YUKON


ALASKA
Kennicott/McCarthy
Root Glacier Trail
Homer, Ak
Valdez, Ak
Chicken, Ak
Dalton Highway
Denali Highway
Hatcher Pass
Artic circle
Purdue Bay
I’d strongly consider making most of the Canada stops a separate trip given how much you want to see in AK and how little time you have. Banff can be done in a long weekend from CO and honestly, doing them back to back in 2018 and now living in AK going on 4 years, we found AK not only demands maximal time, but also has a way of constantly one-upping Canada when compared in quick succession. Or you can just move to AK because it’s the raddest place on earth and there’s no greater privilege than having years to explore it.
 
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Appreciate that list, I'll add it to the already growing one I've got. Also wading thru the paperwork requirements for transporting firearms across the Canadian border and back....it appears they're not to fond of handguns.
If you’re fortunate enough to know people on either end, easiest way to transport is shipping to yourself in c/o that other person until you get there (avoids FFL paperwork and open hours issues). I have been through the Canadian border dozens of times at 6 of the 8 border provinces, carrying no weapons nor any criminal history in either country…never met a more consistently disrespectful lot than their border agents and I’ve got nothing but horror stories from dozens of Alaskans I know traveling through with weapons. Covid has done nothing by make Canadian border agents even more of a hair trigger…went through YT and BC in August, worst experiences yet.
 

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I’d strongly consider making most of the Canada stops a separate trip given how much you want to see in AK and how little time you have. Banff can be done in a long weekend from CO and honestly, doing them back to back in 2018 and now living in AK going on 4 years, we found AK not only demands maximal time, but also has a way of constantly one-upping Canada when compared in quick succession. Or you can just move to AK because it’s the raddest place on earth and there’s no greater privilege than having years to explore it.
Amen. I'll hopefully be moving up to Alaska for work in about a year and a half and am extremely excited. Being from Montana, I was told when I was young that Alaska was where Montana boys went to grow up to be men. I'll be 43 years old when I get up there, so hopefully that won't be too late to finally earn my man card.
 
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I might need to take this on myself
how far apart are good diesel stations?
Define “good” lol. In order of reliability, Fairbanks, Deadhorse, Coldfoot, Yukon crossing. If they’re all operational, your longest stretch will be 240 miles from Coldfoot to Deadhorse. I have a 10-gallon AEV fuel caddy and 600 miles of combined range rolling at 6000lbs fully loaded on 37s with a 2.75” lift…no stops required between Fairbanks and Deadhorse (500 miles) but both Yukon crossing and Coldfoot stations were open (needed gas for the 250 dual-sport bikes we were riding with the wife rolling the JLURD as a SAG wagon). You’re likely to be fine with zero spare fuel tanks unless you’re towing over Atigun Pass. Pro-tip: carry a shaker siphon and worst case, flag down one of the hundreds of big rigs on the road to snag a couple gallons.
 
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Amen. I'll hopefully be moving up to Alaska for work in about a year and a half and am extremely excited. Being from Montana, I was told when I was young that Alaska was where Montana boys went to grow up to be men. I'll be 43 years old when I get up there, so hopefully that won't be too late to finally earn my man card.
I would say that’s an accurate comparison of Montana and Alaska, despite the fact that I love Montana. We’ve been fortunate to travel to a long list of incredible places around the globe and AK just operates in a league of its own. You’ll have the prime of your life to live the dream up here with more money than your 20s to actually enjoy it and more wisdom so you don’t die while you’re at it lol.
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I’d strongly consider making most of the Canada stops a separate trip given how much you want to see in AK and how little time you have. Banff can be done in a long weekend from CO and honestly, doing them back to back in 2018 and now living in AK going on 4 years, we found AK not only demands maximal time, but also has a way of constantly one-upping Canada when compared in quick succession. Or you can just move to AK because it’s the raddest place on earth and there’s no greater privilege than having years to explore it.
Awesome, thanks for the insight. We've talked about moving up there. My wife is a nurse practitioner and she's always showing me the job opportunities up there, lol. Any cool local places you'd recommend us exploring up there if you're allowed to divulge them? 😉
 
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