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Visiting Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

Visiting the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site is a bucket list experience for a lot of people. Situated along the legendary fifty-three kilometre Chilkoot Trail that takes you from the tidewaters in Dyea to the shores of Bennet Lake.  The trail is managed by Parks Canada and is the exact same trail that was tried and tested the First Nations traders and the stampeders heading north to try their luck at finding gold.  The pull off for the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site Log Cabin Rest area is located at kilometre 43.9 along the South Klondike Highway where the White Pass and Yukon Route railway crosses the highway.  There is very little left along of the once booming settlement but if you head down the railway tracks you will see remnants of some of the old buildings standing next to the train tracks.

Here are some of our photos from our visit to Parks Canada’s Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site!

Bear Viewing in Chilkoot Lake – A Photo Guide

With 98% of the United States of Americas bear population living in Alaska it is hard to visit the state and not see one!  We had the opportunity to see a brother and sister that were two year old grizzly bears swimming and eating salmon in the Chilkoot Lake just outside of Haines, Alaska.  These siblings splashed in the water, caught several salmon and enjoyed a nice meal.  It was really unique to be able to watch these two bears in their natural habitat while still staying at a safe distance.

With four salmon runs, starting in mid-June and ending in mid-October makes Chilkoot Lake a prime hotspot to see bears.  Bears frequently come down to the river to feast on the salmon.  Prior to doing any bear view make sure to understand proper bear safety as you could become close very quickly and need to know what to do.  Below are our photos from our experience bear watching in Chilkoot Lake just outside of Haines, Alaska.