We easily settled into a kind of routine for our journey north. Leonard & I were delegated lead vehicle due to the fact that we had already sustained front end damage from hitting a deer while in Arkansas! We knew there would be a risk of hitting an animal on this trip, but never dreamt that it would happen shortly after we left home. Anyways, due to the fact that our grill was now held together with a strap and we already had a huge chip in our windshield (also from Arkansas – go figure) we got to be lead vehicle and chief animal spotters. We would see the animals, and relay the info via CB back to the others and they would be prepared with their cameras. It was fun. It was nice being in a convoy as there were several instances when mechanical issues arose and between all three of them the proper tool was always found and things got fixed.
Toad River Lodge was a nice surprise. A pretty campground on very pretty lake with lots of wildlife around. This area is known for it’s wildlife and for being a particularly scenic portion of the Alaska Hwy. We all agreed that had we known how nice it was there with campsites available right on the lake, we would have stayed another night. But we had reservations down the road and had to keep moving. Perhaps next time.
Having spent the first 13 years of my life in northern BC I was familiar with most of the wildlife but I had never seen caribou. I thought they were an Arctic animal. These are Woodland Caribou, a subspecies that is larger and darker than the Arctic caribou and reside in the boreal forest of BC, Yukon and Newfoundland.
Another animal from the far northern reaches of BC and the Yukon is the Wood Bison. We saw quite a few of them, in herds or sometimes just single males.
This place is truly a gem and should not be missed if traveling on the Alaska Hwy. There is a full service campground next to the hot springs that is extremely popular and is usually full by noon. The springs themselves are open 24 hours, but walking on that boardwalk at night seems risky. Moose and bear are very common in the area because of the lush vegetation.