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Cycle Tour 2017 - Canada & Alaska

[ including Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and Alaska]

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Due to the length of the tour, the trip report is split into the following pages:




  • Some statistics of the Tour

  • Number of Punctures: 7
  • Steepest Measured Road Grade in Canada: 8% (a lot less than you're made to believe, but doesn't include the Top of the World Hwy!)
  • Total kilometres cycled: 8,300 km, made up as follows:
  • Total kilometres cycled in Ontario: 2,511 km
  • Total kilometres cycled in Manitoba: 631 km
  • Total kilometres cycled in Saskatchewan: 812 km
  • Total kilometres cycled in Alberta: 1,346 km
  • Total kilometres cycled in British Columbia: 1,033 km
  • Total kilometres cycled in Yukon: 1,161 km
  • Total kilometres cycled in Alaska: 806 km

  • Accommodation:

  • Campgrounds with services: 58
  • Campgrounds with limited services (no showers, but with pit toilets): 14
  • Bush Camps: 27
  • Hotels: 9

  • Interesting Fauna Sightings

  • Muskrat
  • Beaver
  • Fox
  • Deer
  • Black Bear and cub
  • Moose and calf
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Stone sheep
  • Lynx
  • Bison
  • Mountain Goat
  • Porcupine
  • Turtle
  • Bald Eagle
  • Chinook Salmon
  • Carabou
  • Arctic Ground Squirrel

  • Canadian Province Vehicle Rego Plate Slogans

  • Ontario: Yours to Discover
  • Manitoba: Friendly Manitoba
  • Saskatchewan: Land of the Living Skies
  • Alberta: Wild Rose Country
  • British Columbia: Beautiful British Columbia
  • Yukon: The Klondike

  • Catchy Phrases / Slogans

  • "Be a Hero with your campfire: Soak, Stir, Repeat - Until cold to touch" - Yukon Wildfire Management

  • Judith's Ode to Canada (Sung to the tune of a random tweety bird heard along the way)

  • There's a... moose in your kaboose
    And a bear in my underwear
    A million black flies lie dead in the tent
    But we're too brave for a cabin to rent!

    Chorus:
    Oh! Canada! Oh Canada!
    We're pedalling across you now!
    Oh! Canada! Oh Canada!
    Home of the big PowWow!

    We cycled through Wawa
    Home of the Wawa Goose
    If we'd seen a moose for every goose
    We'd be so happy make no excuse!

    {Chorus}

    We cycled through White River
    Where Winnie-the-Pooh began
    I don't know why bears like honey
    I guess maple syrup costs too much money!

    {Chorus}

    We cycled in a cloud of bugs
    They didn't help us progress
    Slowly up the hills they're biting in the armpits
    Causing a lot of stress!

    {Chorus}

    We cycled across the prairies
    They told us we'd be bored to tears
    But we found the scenery varied
    And the headwinds were all that we'd feared!

    {Chorus}

    We cycled through a smoky haze
    Couldn't see Banff for miles
    Then the sky cleared and the mountains appeared
    And we were full of smiles!

    {Chorus}

    We cycled the Alaska Highway
    From Dawson Creek to Whitehorse
    Starting at Mile Zero don't be a hero
    We'll get there in the end of course!

    {Chorus}

    We cycled the Klondike Highway
    From Whitehorse to Dawson City
    Top of the World, Alaska bound
    So that's the end of my ditty!