Canada Border Services Agency has announced that the Canadian border crossing on Top of the World Highway is open for the 2012 season.
Alaska-bound motorists taking the Klondike Loop turn off the Alaska Highway about 8 miles north of Whitehorse; follow the Klondike Highway 323 miles/520 kms to Dawson City; take a free ferry across the Yukon River; drive 79 miles/127 km west via the Top of the World Highway across the international border into Alaska; then take the Taylor Highway 96 miles/154 kms south back to the Alaska Highway near Tok. Driving the Klondike Loop adds about 102 miles compared to just driving the Alaska Highway; it is a popular inbound and outbound route.
All of Klondike Highway 2 between the Alaska Highway junction and Dawson City is asphalt-surfaced. Top of the World Highway is gravel with some steep grades and winding sections that can be slippery in wet weather. The Taylor Highway is a narrow gravel road with some steep, winding sections and washboard south to Chicken. From Chicken south to the Alaska Highway, the highway is chip seal and pavement.
Both the Taylor and Top of the World highways are not maintained from mid-October to April and the arrival of snow effectively closes the roads for winter. Top of the World Highway may not open until late spring. Yukon Highway 2 is open year-round. Drive with headlights on at all times.
The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log Miles from Alaska Highway/Yukon junction (J) shown.
J 0Junction with the Alaska Highway at Milepost DC 894.8.
J 168 Pelly River Bridge. Traffic Bulletin: Between May and August 2011, travellers should prepare for a 5-minute delay due to one-lane closure on the Pelly River Bridge at kilometre 462 of Klondike Highway #2. Horizontal clearance is 4.8 meters and vertical clearance is 5.4 meters. Full legal loads are allowed.