Canol Road is an annual bike ride starting at Macmillan Pass and traveling to Johnson's Crossing in the southern Yukon.
This ride is part of Cycle Canada's "Wilderness Routes" series of events. Affordable, supported cycling vacations where participants explore wilderness regions of Canada.
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Canol Road is a nine day trip. On the Canol Road we head south from Macmillan Pass at the N.W.T. border and ride to Johnson's Crossing in the Yukon. A shuttle to and from Whitehorse is included in the package fee. It is a full wilderness experience.
Canol is a contraction of Canadian Oil. The Canol Road was built as an access road during World War II to support construction of an oil pipeline from Norman Wells, N.W.T. Although entirely within Canada, it was constructed by the U.S. military. The pipeline was decommissioned after only three years but the road remains as a rare and unique opportunity to travel deep into the northern wilderness of Canada. The Canol is not paved and road condition varies. Mountain bikes or cyclo-cross bikes are recommended. The track generally follows waterways and trails established centuries earlier by First Nations people. To learn more about the history of the Canol Road visit: Alaska Highway Canol Archives.
Canol Road will be supported by our licenced wilderness partner, Cabin Fever Adventures.
Riders for Canol Road meet in Whitehorse, where there will be a late afternoon orientation and a meet-and-greet.
The following morning the group will be shuttled to the start of the ride at Macmillan Pass at the Yukon/N.W.T. border.
At Macmillan Pass, participants will have a opportunity to do an out-and-back on the Canol Heritage Trail, a section of the track in the Northwest Territories that is no longer maintained. From there we'll head south and it's three days of riding on the North Canol Road to Ross River. We'll be camping in wilderness areas on these nights. In Ross River we'll have a break and stay overnight in a hotel. We'll then continue on the South Canol Road to Johnson's Crossing for three more days of wilderness riding. We'll have a farewell dinner before the final night's hotel stay in Whitehorse.
2014 is the first year for this event on the North and South Canol Roads.
On the Canol Road we stay indoors at hotels but it's mainly camping in wilderness settings.
Fees are per person in Canadian funds. Fees are subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST, 5%). Non-residents of Canada are eligible for a 50% rebate of GST/HST due and Cycle Canada is authorized to issue that rebate on behalf of a non-resident participant.
We recommend that riders obtain travel, medical and personal insurance. Please read our policy statement for Cycle Canada events: Policies
You'll find information on other great cycling tours in Canada here: Cycle Canada Events.
Cycle Canada, The Veloforce Corporation is a Canadian company that organizes cycling activities. It is owned by Bud & Margot Jorgensen. Bud is a long-time recreational cyclist and founder of Tour du Canada. Our operations are located in Alliston, Ontario, just north of Toronto.
We have been organizing affordable supported cycling expeditions and vacations throughout Canada since 1987.
We believe that Canada is the best place in the world to go for a bike ride.
Our primary focus is to offer an enjoyable cycling experience. We encourage participants in our events to ride at their own pace and to join us with the goal of completing their tour by bicycle. We believe they will enjoy a cycling trip more in groups where they get to know other riders and share the pleasure of travelling as cycle tourists.
Read more about the management of Cycle Canada here: About Us.
Participants in our events have a right to expect that Cycle Canada, as organizers, and its staff will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that riders complete their ride and are enriched by the cycling experience. We hope that each rider will find companionship in, and be tolerant of other members of the group and help to make the trip a memorable and positive experience for all riders.
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