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Old 08-13-2020, 07:24 PM   #1
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Anyone going to Alaska 2021?

If things settle down, I'm seriously considering going to Alaska next season. Anyone planning such a trip? From NW Florida I'll probably head across from Minot to North Portal. From there direct to Anchorage. The rest of the route is to be planned.
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Old 08-13-2020, 07:35 PM   #2
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We did the Airstream Club caravan in 2018 and had a great time. Take a look at what we did and where we went.

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Old 08-13-2020, 08:51 PM   #3
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Hope “things” settle down, but I doubt they will. Keep planning nonetheless, one never knows.
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Old 08-14-2020, 02:16 AM   #4
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I'm hoping to do it. Debating when to buy Milepost. I believe 2021 version comes out in March 2021... Apparently many buy the current version instead of waiting. Given the present circumstances, I'm thinking there will be more changes than normal.
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Old 08-14-2020, 06:20 AM   #5
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Covid permitting we will leave central Florida mid May and return early September. Route Fargo , Saskatoon, Edmonton, Dawson Creek. Chasing salmon on the Kenai peninsula.
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Old 08-14-2020, 09:34 AM   #6
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As I am sure you know, Canada is not currently letting people in from the USA. As you note, the Covid situation may have improved by the time of your planned trip (or not) and we will no longer be banned.
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Old 08-14-2020, 10:01 AM   #7
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Even if the situation remains exactly like it is today, you can legally transit Canada and tow your Airstream to Alaska.

You are restricted to the most direct route and, I believe you must cross into Canada at one of five border stations. You are issued a hang tag that indicates you are in transit and off you go. I know there is a time limit to make the crossing but I don’t remember what it is — I do know it wasn’t unreasonable.

As long as this system isn’t abused, i can’t imagine why they would change it.
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Old 08-14-2020, 10:14 AM   #8
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Our current plan is to hit Alaska next year. Not sure of our route yet, we would likely be starting in southwest or from family house in Seattle area.
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Update on ocean backhaul rates

Totem Ocean Trailer Express finally sharpened their pencil and came up with rates about 40% off the regular tariff rates for southbound RV traffic. We have used them for northbound in the past - enclosed roll-on, roll-off.
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Old 08-14-2020, 10:28 AM   #10
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FYI, currently you cannot transit Canada unless you are moving and have paperwork to prove it. The system was abused, fines handed out. I am trying to do a quick transit to park my trailer in WA so I have a quarantine hut when I visit aged parents, then a quick return home to AK leaving trailer south till spring. I had a chat with the border patrol and was denied (compassionate crossing) The ferry is currently an unreasonable expense and even so requires a 300 mile passage through Canada. I can only hope this changes Aug 21 when the subject is revisited.
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FYI, currently you cannot transit Canada unless you are moving and have paperwork to prove it. The system was abused, fines handed out. I am trying to do a quick transit to park my trailer in WA so I have a quarantine hut when I visit aged parents, then a quick return home to AK leaving trailer south till spring. I had a chat with the border patrol and was denied (compassionate crossing) The ferry is currently an unreasonable expense and even so requires a 300 mile passage through Canada. I can only hope this changes Aug 21 when the subject is revisited.
Yea, a lot of outrage in B.C. Best of luck...
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I stand corrected. I missed the definition of “non-discretionary”. Once again the actions of a handful of scofflaws has consequences.
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Old 08-14-2020, 11:58 AM   #13
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Some of the best things to see are on the way to Alaska in BC and the YT. There is a tremendous amount of history along the Alcan Highway that you will want to see. I would definitely put any Alaskan visit on hold until the travel restrictions are lifted.
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Old 08-14-2020, 01:07 PM   #14
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Looks like the announcement has come in that the border closure has been extended to September 21st.
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USA people should stay in the 48 states and not go North
Canada-U.S. border will remain closed until Sept. 21
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/can...r-21-1.5686475
U.S. border towns rocked by COVID-19 border closures
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Americans, go home: Tension at Canada-US border
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Some of the best things to see are on the way to Alaska in BC and the YT. There is a tremendous amount of history along the Alcan Highway that you will want to see. I would definitely put any Alaskan visit on hold until the travel restrictions are lifted.
I agree. The best part of our 2016 trip to Alaska was BC and Yukon. Alaska in the summer was surprisingly touristy.
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Yes I have planned for 2021
Mid April-mid September about 30% of that time in the Yukon, 30% in the Northwest Territory, the remainder traveling and in Alaska.
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We hope to join you guys. Following this thread.
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Old 08-14-2020, 10:41 PM   #19
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Alaska in 2021 or 2022

Mark and have have been on the Alaska Caravan waiting list for 3 years. With the 2020 Caravan cancelled, our hope for the 2021 Caravan is probably unrealistic. By 2022 if we don’t get in the Caravan we will consider going it alone. But would be nice to go with another couple or two. Would expect to travel for two or three months and spend time in Vancouver, British Columbia and Alberta.
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Old 08-15-2020, 01:21 AM   #20
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Hi there,
I currently live in Anchorage and we have a 23D in St George, UT waiting for us to continue to enjoy. Last year we did the Alaska Highway 3 times so I can talk to what is happening on the highway. Plus, we are seeing what is happening for the Canada Transit. First, only people that are Alaska residents or are moving to Alaska (with documentation) can go through Canada (with the caveat that it totally depends on the border agent on duty at the time - a woman and her boyfriend in a new truck heading from Anchorage to Juneau via the border were denied).
As for next year if the pandemic has calmed down, the time of year that you travel makes all the difference. We travelled down from Anchorage in the end of April to pick up our Airstream in Seattle at the beginning of May and most places were closed still and there was still snow on the ground. After a bit of travel around the Lower 48, we came back in early June. Parts of BC were still in “shoulder season” (we think that is the best) and the rest of BC and Yukon were in perfect temps (in the 70s). Alaska in July and early August is usually overrun with tourists. As residents, we love May and June as our favorite months (more sun and warm days - lots of daylight). We took the Airstream down the Alcan (Alaska Highway), in early September and caught the other “shoulder season” in lower BC. We highly recommend the Kelowona area during their shoulder seasons. They have tons of orchards and vineyards. We drove around the US and eventually returned to Alaska in mid-November by plane.
We highly recommend getting a Milepost as it will give you all of the details you need (even where pullouts are). Beware that the more southern in Canada that you get (BC, AB and SK) the less accurate the Milepost will be. We had atlases for the upper US states.
If anyone has questions, feel free to comment. Airstream on!!
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