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 Arizona to Alaska: Driving the Alcan
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snodogs

USA
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Posted - 10/02/2017 :  11:45:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit snodogs's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi All,
I'm planning on driving (solo) from AZ to AK with 14 dogs this December and was wondering if there are folks out there that have driven the Alcan and would be able to offer advice on making a drive like this in the winter. I have received some very helpful suggestions from a couple of friends who have made the drive, but am expanding my inquiry here. Any and all information would be most welcome.
I am also wondering if there is anyone out there who might also be planning a drive like this, and if so, would you be interested/willing to caravan along the way? I will be driving a Ford F350 dog truck and pulling a 14' cargo trailer. Important information I've received thus far includes things like:

1. Get a copy of the MilePost (done)
2. Plan to bring spare tires (yes)
3. Get a block and battery heater (done)
4. Gas up often (and bring extra gas cans)!
5. Gas pumps in Canada are green (diesel = yellow)
6. Dogs must have current rabies vaccinations (done)
I'm also particularly interested in what the MT/Canada border crossing is like at SweetGrass if anyone has done this recently.

Any and all information would be most welcome!

Thanks!

Snodogs

Camera-dog

USA
67 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2017 :  12:08:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit Camera-dog's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I drove up to Fairbanks from fort Collins Colorado in june. it was a 4 day drive and I was trying to move there. the roads were nice and smooth till a lil after destruction bay. then the frost heaves and gravel road started. it wasn't to horrid like I was told. the gas prices are pretty good but the gas in BC is an arm and a leg. I drove up with a 1987 oldsmobile cutlass ciera pulling a small trailer, I spent roughly $800 in gas one way and had to do an oil change once I arrived. for oil changes in AK the base price is 70 dollars and if you want synthenic its 110 dollars.

had to go back to Colorado after I was scammed out of 2500 trying to find a place to rent on craigslist.

new to mushing and more than willing to work.
I can drive trucks atv's and snowmobiles.

Edited by - Camera-dog on 10/03/2017 12:10:07 PM
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Duane

Canada
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Posted - 10/09/2017 :  1:11:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have quite strict gun regulations in Canada and also you probably won't be allowed to bring any meat products in for you and the dogs. Check with the Canadian Custom's Department to get rulings.

Duane
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ChuckCubbison

USA
645 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2017 :  6:53:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit ChuckCubbison's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Notify your credit card companies of the time you expect to be in Canada, otherwise they can get shut off.
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ChuckCubbison

USA
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Posted - 10/09/2017 :  6:55:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit ChuckCubbison's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have personally NEVER had a problem with a border crossing going into Canada. I have never had a problem either direction with the Alaska/Canada border. However, I have found the US Border Patrol guards entering from Canada into the Lower 48 to be quite cranky at times.
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ChuckCubbison

USA
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Posted - 10/09/2017 :  6:56:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit ChuckCubbison's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Please note that you WILL need a US passport for the border crossings. There was a time when you could get away with out it but those days are gone.
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snodogs

USA
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Posted - 10/09/2017 :  7:01:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit snodogs's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks very much for your replies. I'm not planning on bringing any guns with me, and yes, I am planning on letting cc company know I"m traveling. One thing I learned the other day is that apparently now, travelers traveling with more than 2 dogs are required to have health certificates (signed by a vet) for each dog, and they must be issued within 10 days of traveling. It used to be that only rabies vaccinations were required. Not the case anymore.

Snodogs
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Camera-dog

USA
67 Posts

Posted - 10/13/2017 :  12:38:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit Camera-dog's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by snodogs

Thanks very much for your replies. I'm not planning on bringing any guns with me, and yes, I am planning on letting cc company know I"m traveling. One thing I learned the other day is that apparently now, travelers traveling with more than 2 dogs are required to have health certificates (signed by a vet) for each dog, and they must be issued within 10 days of traveling. It used to be that only rabies vaccinations were required. Not the case anymore.



I had to get a certificate of health before I tried moving to Alaska. and I only had one dog with me

new to mushing and more than willing to work.
I can drive trucks atv's and snowmobiles.
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snodogs

USA
377 Posts

Posted - 10/13/2017 :  05:18:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit snodogs's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Okay, good to know. I'll have to plan accordingly!
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mtlivestock

USA
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Posted - 10/16/2017 :  7:26:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ChuckCubbison

Notify your credit card companies of the time you expect to be in Canada, otherwise they can get shut off.



Same with your bank....debit card/etc. If you use your debit card and then again in a short time period with many miles between locations, they will put a hold on your card. At least, our bank does that.
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Camera-dog

USA
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Posted - 10/30/2017 :  6:31:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Camera-dog's Homepage  Reply with Quote
my only problem is the border patrol just opened the door all the way never bothering to catch the leash to my husky, if I hadn't jumped to grab the leash I would have never seen my husky again.

new to mushing and more than willing to work.
I can drive trucks atv's and snowmobiles.
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