The 2013 version of "The Milepost" is the 65th edition of a unique and wildly useful travel guide to the limited road network in Alaska, the Yukon, and the northern portions of the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, along with the principal access routes to the area. The guide also includes seasonal road access routes in the Northwest Territories of Canada This guide is a must-have resource for those planning an extended trip in the region, whether by car, RV, or camper.
Alaska and Northwest Canada constitute a huge area, with rugged terrain and significant weather variations, and far less travel infrastructure than most travelers are used to in urban Canada or the lower '48 states in the US. Visitors should not expect gas stations, restaurants, and franchise motels at every exit from the main roads. They should not even expect that facilities, or even the roads themselves, will be open year-round. In fact, dangerous weather and driving conditions can be expected as much as six months of the year in some parts of Alaska and northern Canada. In addition, travelers need to be alert to the hazards of close encounters with wildllife, natural hazards such as avalanches, and even the landing of private planes on the road.
"The Milepost" offers a mile-by-mile travelogue for the main roads of the North Country, along with maps, diagrams of some key towns, photographs, and advertisements for attractions, accomodations, and other travel facilities. It is a terrific planning resource for areas that have much to offer, including small delights that might not make it into guide books. It lists the next gas station, some small but worthwhile museums, scenic overlooks of glaciers, historical markers, and even unique restaurants specializing in local wild catch or "the world's best cinnamon buns." Visitors can and should plan ahead for such delights as fishing charters on the world-famous Kenai Peninsula or the operating hours of hot springs, wildlife parks, and ferries.
"The Milepost" is updated annually to assure the traveler of reasonably up to date information about construction, changing schedules for the Alaska Marine Highway System of ferries, and the like. The guide can also show the way to recreational opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, biking, and snow machining. "The Milepost" is very highly recommended to the visitor and the resident of Alaska and Northwest Canada, which are some of the most scenic parts of North America. Don't miss the sights, and don't leave home without The Milespost.