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Re-opening of Alaska / Yukon border to motorcyclists.

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by jfman, May 5, 2020.

  1. jfman

    jfman Long timer

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    Hey guys I am starting this thread to keep an eye on the eventual reopening of AK border with Yukon.

    I have some time off in June and am keeping a eye on this possibility of crossing into Alaska on a motorcycle mid June.

    Maybe over optimistic but what the heck.
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  2. Dogslobber

    Dogslobber Been here awhile Supporter

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    Even IF the border is opened, the 14 day self quarantine once you arrive is the other issue you will need to keep in mind.
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  3. The Hov

    The Hov Adventurer Supporter

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    I'm thinking about going to the Yukon from B.C. and possibly into Alaska at about the same time it will be interesting to see what happens. I can't see the Yukon and Alaska staying closed the whole summer, that would be a major hit to their economies.
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  4. jfman

    jfman Long timer

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    In a situation where most border crossings are tourism related, how to impose a 14 day self quarantine? How would that even work?

    Self quarantine in my tent in Tok for 2 weeks and have groveries delivered?

    It's either let the tourists in or not. ... right?
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  5. BigMule

    BigMule n00b Supporter

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    I’m in Georgia.....headed to Alaska the end of June. If the border is open....but a 14 day self quarantine.....then it will be plan B.....Olympic National Park in Washington.
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  6. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

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    Things do not look good for north of the border excursions this summer. Alberta just announced that they will be opening their campgrounds sometime in June, at 50% capacity and ONLY for AB residents. I expect BC may follow suit.

    I had a grand plan to hit all the Canadian provinces and territories except Nunavik this summer. My plan seems to be quickly evaporating. I expect Trudeau will announce his intentions to open the border with restrictions after his current order expires around May 18. I have no idea what those restrictions might be and then there is the uncertainty as to what the individual provinces/territories will continue to do at their borders.

    Having a Plan B makes tons of sense.

    Be safe and be healthy out there!
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  7. shotty_co

    shotty_co Been here awhile Supporter

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    I've read somewhere that travel through the Yukon is permissible to those travelling between BC and AK with a 14 day quarantine if you can get though the Provence within 24 hours so PIN IT!

    I'm sure some policy will be announced around the 18th. If I were Canada, I'd be keeping the border closed.
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  8. jfman

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    I am already making other plans that don't involve a motorcycle. :(
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  9. Kerrizor

    Kerrizor Been here awhile

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    Well that's weird.. why would anyone do THAT?
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  10. Bigbob1

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    I don't think that applies to folks in the lower 48. I believe there is a provision for Alaska residents to go to/from SE Alaska (Haines) to interior Alaska (Tok and beyond) You can easily do that in a day. But currently the 14 day quarantine applies.
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  11. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    Bigbob, you are correct. Travel through the Yukon currently needs to be essential travel. Returning to your home is deemed essential travel. You have 24 hours to complete your passage through the Yukon.
    I recently traveled through AB, BC, and the Yukon in our RV as we returned home to Alaska. Each border crossing was a bit stressful as the border agent makes the final call on a case by case basis. Never so glad to see Tok!! Once we got home we went online to begin our 14 day quarantine.
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  12. jfman

    jfman Long timer

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    I was looking into different options for a motorcycle trip and none seem to be looking good/fesable. I had a chat with my father, his cottage needs some work done that we been putting off. A few structural beams are rotten and its getting pretty bad.
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  13. Dogslobber

    Dogslobber Been here awhile Supporter

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    I feel your pain. I had a ride planned down to the OR/CA border and then up to D2D, unless restrictions are loosened a lot, that's cancelled. I'm trying to come up with other options to utilize my time off.
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  14. Beezer

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  15. thirsty 1

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    I made my trip last summer to D2D. If anyone is heading up the Cassiar I would check on the gas stops before leaving. It could be long ways if certain places aren’t open!
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  16. Kerrizor

    Kerrizor Been here awhile

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    Your trusty copy of The Milepost should have contact information for either the business or someone in the area who can give you updated info!
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  17. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    As of two weeks ago......There is fuel at the southern end of the Cassier, at the junction to Stewart, at Bell 2, and Watson Lake. Dease Lake was questionable. All the other little settlements were barricaded off and closed to non local residents. Jade City was closed. At the northern end we were stopped and questioned about health and reason for travel. Were told to complete our travel through the Yukon within 24 hours.
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  19. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    Bikers without borders. The world has changed.
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