May 25: Rancheria Lodge & RV Park, YT
After leaving Blackstone Territorial Park, we proceeded South to Ft. Liard where we filled up with gas, headed across the border into British Columbia and connected with the Alaskan Highway. The Alaskan Highway started 301 miles Southeast in Dawson Creek, but this was where our journey intersected it.
I already mentioned that you can’t have too many pictures of the young’uns. We started the day with young’uns times three. First, we encountered three Wood Bison calves and then three Black Bear cubs. On this section of the trip, we also encountered a moose, another herd of Bison, and a couple of Trumpeter Swans who had befriended a Duck.
No matter where you visit them, the Rockies are awe-inspiring. Upper Canada is no exception. Visiting in Spring is extra special since snow is still evident on the lower elevations and ice is still present in some of the higher lakes. Not to be outdone by our earlier experience with snow, Day 9 brought a brief encounter with sleet and snain (Snow-Rain mix).
On night 8, we pampered ourselves and stayed at the Liard Hot Springs. They have two natural hot spring pools with water ranging from 108-126 degrees F. The springs are located at the end of a boardwalk through a wet lands environment which is home to 250 boreal forest plants including 14 types of orchids. Truly, a great place to relax and take in the beauty of the Rockies.
Next on our itinerary is Whitehorse, YT.