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Old 06-22-2010, 03:12 PM   #76
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Ok n/m
So assume I can get to Prince Rupert by the end of the first week of August.
I can get from Prince Rupert to KETCHIKAN, no problems, since there are plenty of departures from YPR.
Ditto for JUNEAU.
But going from JUNEAU to someplace further north is a pita.
It looks like I wont be able to get to WHITTIER until Thu, Aug 19 .

Anyone have a decent route for me to take to the towns further north?
I plan on being at Prince Rupert by the end of the first week of August.

Thanks folks. This really is the last frontier, isn't it?
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Old 06-22-2010, 04:14 PM   #77
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If I do take a ferry starting from Bellingham, will I need a passport?
It looks like the ship goes from Bellingham straight to Ketchikan, skipping over Prince Rupert (Canada). I have nothing against Canada, honest.
You can do it without a passport, but I think you have to sail all the way to Seward. There is no way to get from Ketchikan to Anchorage without going though Canada.
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:45 AM   #78
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If I can get to Skagway or Haines, it looks like I can take the Haines or Klondike highway into Canada and connect with the Alaskan Highway to Anchorage.
This may be better since there are more frequent ferry departures from Prince Rupert.

Does that make sense?
What are the roads like for a sportbike?
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:55 AM   #79
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If I can get to Skagway or Haines, it looks like I can take the Haines or Klondike highway into Canada and connect with the Alaskan Highway to Anchorage.
This may be better since there are more frequent ferry departures from Prince Rupert.

Does that make sense?
What are the roads like for a sportbike?
That is exactly how many riders make the trip, either coming north or going back south.

The roads are all paved, although there is some construction going on every summer, especially north of Haines Junction. Sport bikes, cruisers, touring bikes, dualsports, etc. all make the trip successfully every year. Success or failure is far more dependent upon the rider than the bike.
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Old 06-23-2010, 05:33 PM   #80
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Bellingham to Haines or Skagway is 3.5 days and fairly expensive though you do not stop in Canada. I enjoyed my (reverse) stay very much. I had a room though you could save money and sleep on the deck in a tent or on a lounge chair (many do it). Showers, laundry, restaurants, and some movies are available. The ride from Haines to Haines Junction is awe inspiring. Destruction Bay is nice. If you go to Anchorage you might as well go to the Kenai Peninsula (it is worth the ride).
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Old 08-07-2010, 01:04 PM   #81
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we're going to be on the matanuska on tuesday in prince rupert.
going to haines. if anyone else is onboard, we'd like to say hi.
my wifi access will be spotty at best from now until then.
look for a blue yamaha fz6 and a black fz1.

hope to meet up with some folks!!
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:22 PM   #82
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Rough planning for summer 2011

I'm planning for the Summer 2011 Alaska Ride.
Was sort of thinking I'd hop a southbound boat out of Haines and ride it to Prince Rupert.
What would be the best time of day to board so that I am sure to see the most impressive sites during daylight hours? Or doesn't it matter that much?
Is the cost around $380 (bike and rider). Took me quite a while to decipher that trip and fare schedule on their website...lol
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:01 PM   #83
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What would be the best time of day to board so that I am sure to see the most impressive sites during daylight hours? Or doesn't it matter that much?
It varies quite a bit year to year and boat to boat. You'll just have to check next year's schedule when it comes out.

Since it's a 2-day trip from Haines to Rupert is kinda inevitable you're gonna pull into a town or two at night. Going in and out of Sitka can also add about 6hrs to the trip but not all ferries make that stop.

Good luck and have fun, Mark H.
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:33 AM   #84
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:10 PM   #85
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Question WOW ferry prices

We are heading up to beautiful Alaska, Yukon and NT from BC, Canada leaving July 4th 2011. Heading up north east BC to start and Dawson creek. On the way back home we would LOVE to take the Skagway Ferry to Prince Rupert then Prince Rupert BC Ferry to Port HArdy....but as far as $$ goes this will cost about $1600 CDN dollars for both of us and our 2 bikes...so.....the question...is it worth the Skagway Ferry ride to PR and then skip Vancouver Island....make that ride for another trip and just ride home from Prince Rupert to the Vancouver area?
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so.....the question...is it worth the Skagway Ferry ride to PR and then skip Vancouver Island....make that ride for another trip and just ride home from Prince Rupert to the Vancouver area?
In my humble (but highly experienced ) opinion - yes, it is definitely worth it. For me, the ride all the way down to Bellingham (not all that far south of Vancouver) was about 1 1/2 days too long. In the past fifty years I have often ridden the ferry from Haines down to Prince Rupert, but only once to Bellingham. That was enough.

From P.R. east along the Skeena River on the Yellowhead Hwy it's pretty scenic at least to Smithers, and not bad beyond, until you approach Prince George. South of there on the Cariboo Hwy it gets better again, and south of Cache Creek the ride down through the Thompson and Fraser River canyons is beautiful. You also have the option of turning west north of Cache Creek and going through Lillooet to enjoy a fantastic ride down the Sea to Sky Hwy to Vancouver. All in all, it's hard to beat the riding available all over southern B.C.
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Old 11-13-2010, 10:02 AM   #87
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We are heading up to beautiful Alaska, Yukon and NT from BC, Canada leaving July 4th 2011. Heading up north east BC to start and Dawson creek. On the way back home we would LOVE to take the Skagway Ferry to Prince Rupert then Prince Rupert BC Ferry to Port HArdy....but as far as $$ goes this will cost about $1600 CDN dollars for both of us and our 2 bikes...so.....the question...is it worth the Skagway Ferry ride to PR and then skip Vancouver Island....make that ride for another trip and just ride home from Prince Rupert to the Vancouver area?
Did you select a cabin? You can save a lot of money by sleeping in the solarium or the movie lounge. Skip the cabin!!
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Old 11-13-2010, 10:06 AM   #88
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Did you select a cabin? You can save a lot of money by sleeping in the solarium or the movie lounge. Skip the cabin!!
there are two of us and 2 bikes and of course we did not select a cabin...I'm actually looking forward to sleeping out on the deck...it's a two day trip or a little more correct?
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:55 PM   #89
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great thread. extremely useful. this has been so helpful. Thanks to the OP and those that jumped in that have ridden on the AMH
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