Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Watson Lake, Yukon, Canada - Stop 16 on our Trek North to Alaska

Welcome to the Yukon!  Traveling from Laird Hot Springs on Monday morning was a bonanza for bison and bear sightings!  I’m not as excited about bison anymore—unless I finally get one in steak form on my dinner plate!

We were able to get photos of all three bears we saw, two black and one brown!  My favorite was a young, curious cub.  Just like Boo Boo, he was looking for a picnic basket, checking each rig as they stopped to take photos, including ours!


Black Bear 1

Black Bear 2

Black Bear 2

Boo Boo, The Brown Bear Cub

Hey, what you got to eat in there!  I smell meat!  


Boo Boo placing his take out lunch order--I'll have a cat burger, please!

We arrived in Watson Lake by noon on Monday.  We fueled up, replenished our propane, and got settled into the Watson Lake Provincial Campground for another evening of boondocking.  Canada does a FANTASTIC job with its park system—spacious, wooded, private sites.  And the true wilderness experience!

We head out to the Sign Post Forest.  How cool and cheesy, all at the same time!  There's like a gazillion signs of all shapes, sizes, and textures, from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia!  The original sign post was done by a soldier who worked on the Alaskan Highway back in 1942.  Since then, the act of placing signs has gone viral!

I am so excited to hang my sign here!  I selected the top of a post in the center of the amphitheater.  Daddy, Mike, and Claudia helped me while Mom snapped photos of this monumental occasion. 

When you visit, be sure to stand on the bridge and look for me--I’ve left my mark!  Mike/Claudia hung their sign right underneath—a saw brightly painted with pretty flowers and the words “Puerto Rico – Florida”.

 We entered the Visitor Center to get more tourist information and to take advantage of their free Wi-Fi!  We bump into some folks we met in Dawson Creek, and we all share details of our adventures thus far.

The Watson Lake is quite huge, and we saw a float plane take off from there!

Watson Lake--about 9 p.m.

Darkness did not come until nearly midnight.  Can't believe I am still up!   I better get to bed--the sun rises in just a few hours!

Talk to you soon!


  1. Thank goodness we left Dawson Creek a few days before you all. We had snow, but nothing stuck...sitting in Skagway now. The drive from Carcross to Skagway is one you DON'T want to miss!

  2. Wow! I hope Boo Boo didn't leave any marks on your rig.
    Safe travels!

  3. Awesome sign! I think we saw that same bear and he jumped up our vehicle as well!