Days 6-7: The Waterfalls Route (Part 2) & The Liard Trail

May 23: Blackstone Territorial Park, NT

After leaving Wood Buffalo National Park, we continued on the Waterfalls Route on the MacKenzie Highway on our way to the Alaska Highway. On the 22nd, we visited McNallie Creek Falls and stayed the night at Lady Evelyn Falls Territorial Park.

McNallie Creek Falls

McNallie Creek Falls

Lady Evelyn Falls

Lady Evelyn Falls

Lady Evelyn Falls

Lady Evelyn Falls

The next day, we visited Wallace Creek Falls.

Wallace Creek Falls

Wallace Creek Falls

Wallace Creek Falls

Wallace Creek Falls

Continuing down the MacKenzie, we found a pond filled with ducks/loons (we need to research these guys and figure out exactly what they are).

Water Fowl

Water Fowl

At the last set of falls on the route, we hit the trifecta: three falls at one stop. Coral Falls is slightly upstream on the Trout River, Sambaa Deh falls is at the MacKenzie Highway crossing and the third (un-named) falls is slightly downstream.

Coral Falls

Coral Falls

Sambaa Deh Falls

Sambaa Deh Falls

Falls into Trout River

Falls into Trout River

Continuing up the MacKenzie, we hit rain and then snow.

Reader: “Hold on a second. Did you say snow? In late May?”

Us Again: Yes, Boys and Girls, snow.

Snow on MacKenzie Highway

Snow on MacKenzie Highway

There was no accumulation, but it was enough to add a new dimension to the next section of the trip, the Liard Trial. The Liard is an old winter road that was updated to a year-round, dirt and gravel road. I use the word updated loosely. Mud on the Liard makes spring travel tricky, to say the least. Rain and snow turn dirt into slippery mud. About 40 Kms of the first section of the Liard was slow, slick driving. It took careful driving to maneuver a 32 ft. RV through this stretch of road, but, by the end of the day, we were camping at Blackstone Territorial Park with one very dirty RV.

On the Road on the Liard Trail

On the Road on the Liard Trail

On the Road on the Liard Trail

On the Road on the Liard Trail

Muddy RV

Muddy RV

The road ahead is the Alaskan Highway and crossing the Canadian Rockies.

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