The Alaska Highway
, aka ALCAN, was constructed in WW II to connect Alaska to the USA by road.
US proposals for the
road were already made in 1920 but Canada did not see the necessaty at that time since the area was sparsely populated. Later they
warmed up to the idea but bad economic times prohibited the allocation of money.
The Japanese did invade Alaska but never made
it further than the Aleutians.
The road was an engineering challenge because of the very rugged terrain and the
With a total distance of 2700 km it was long touted as a challenge to man and machine,
but sInce the 1960's the road is paved and easy to drive.
The Milepost is the unofficial but indispensable tour book for
those traveling the Alaska Highway.
In 2007 we did the ALCAN, starting in Prince George and driving all the way up
to Fairbanks, enjoying the panoramas and abundant wildlife.
At Haines Junction we made a detour to visit historic Haines