canada to alaska (1 Viewer)

carol

Newbie
Joined
Jul 27, 2016
Messages
23
Location
new york
has anyone hitchhiked from canada to alaska before? i really want to go to alaska this summer, and i can't find any cheap bus ride or trains that go to alaska. any tips help guys!
 
Click here to buy the Anarchist's Guide to Travel!

iamwhatiam

Burrito fund contributor
StP Supporter
Joined
Jan 2, 2009
Messages
1,049
Age
35
Location
Foothills of the Cascades, western WA
has anyone hitchhiked from canada to alaska before? i really want to go to alaska this summer, and i can't find any cheap bus ride or trains that go to alaska. any tips help guys!

My first time hitchhiking was through BC over a decade ago. I bought a greyhound ticket from Vancouver across the border to Bellingham, Wa if I remember correctly. I think it's harder as an American citizen to hitchhike IN to Canada. The border crossing agents tend to frown upon traveling kids with backpacks coming over the border without much money to show in their bank account.

If I were you, and you have your heart set on hitchhiking through Canada - I would buy a greyhound ticket just to get across the border to the next town. Helps if you have a return ticket to show, bank statement showing you have sufficient funds for traveling, and proof (or pretend) that you are staying with a friend or family member while visiting there to be granted entry. Perhaps others could expound on that, who've done it more recently.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
That being said. Hitchhiking through BC/Yukon and Alaska is extremely easy to get rides. Altho, as a woman I'd be VERY CAREFUL doing it alone. Google the Highway of Tears....a stretch of highway in BC that has seen numerous cases of women hitchhikers going missing and/or being found murdered.

Sometimes you can find cheaper flight deals on Alaska Air's website to and from Seattle/Bellingham and Anchorage or Ketchikan. You can also take the ferry (Alaska Marine Highway) from Bellingham all the way to Whittier and then hitchhike from there. (Fares DOUBLE in price for the summer season, so if you're gonna take the ferry take it before the cutoff date. I think it's around April that it changes in price. Also - a good tip - you don't need to pay the whole fare from Bellingham to Whittier. I've paid just the fare from Bellingham to Ketchikan (the cheapest one) and then you just stay on after they leave port. No one really checks your ticket to make sure you paid the full fare. As long as you are just camping out on the deck and keep low key, don't get in trouble....you should be fine doing it. That's what I did last time I took that route. You just can't get on and off at each port when they stop, obviously. Have fun!
 

carol

Newbie
Joined
Jul 27, 2016
Messages
23
Location
new york
My first time hitchhiking was through BC over a decade ago. I bought a greyhound ticket from Vancouver across the border to Bellingham, Wa if I remember correctly. I think it's harder as an American citizen to hitchhike IN to Canada. The border crossing agents tend to frown upon traveling kids with backpacks coming over the border without much money to show in their bank account.

If I were you, and you have your heart set on hitchhiking through Canada - I would buy a greyhound ticket just to get across the border to the next town. Helps if you have a return ticket to show, bank statement showing you have sufficient funds for traveling, and proof (or pretend) that you are staying with a friend or family member while visiting there to be granted entry. Perhaps others could expound on that, who've done it more recently.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
That being said. Hitchhiking through BC/Yukon and Alaska is extremely easy to get rides. Altho, as a woman I'd be VERY CAREFUL doing it alone. Google the Highway of Tears....a stretch of highway in BC that has seen numerous cases of women hitchhikers going missing and/or being found murdered.

Sometimes you can find cheaper flight deals on Alaska Air's website to and from Seattle/Bellingham and Anchorage or Ketchikan. You can also take the ferry (Alaska Marine Highway) from Bellingham all the way to Whittier and then hitchhike from there. (Fares DOUBLE in price for the summer season, so if you're gonna take the ferry take it before the cutoff date. I think it's around April that it changes in price. Also - a good tip - you don't need to pay the whole fare from Bellingham to Whittier. I've paid just the fare from Bellingham to Ketchikan (the cheapest one) and then you just stay on after they leave port. No one really checks your ticket to make sure you paid the full fare. As long as you are just camping out on the deck and keep low key, don't get in trouble....you should be fine doing it. That's what I did last time I took that route. You just can't get on and off at each port when they stop, obviously. Have fun!

Thanks for the info! I was trying to look to grey hound tickets from NYC but I can't find any buses from here that go to Canada. I'll definitely take a look at the air tickets. While you were in Canada did you find any cheap hostels or any good spots outdoors to sleep or camp? Yea I'm most likely going to be traveling with a friend.


Sent from my iPhone using Squat the Planet Mobile
 
D

Deleted member 11392

I deleted myself
While you were in Canada did you find any cheap hostels or any good spots outdoors to sleep or camp?

In northern BC and the Yukon, you can camp ANYWHERE. It's extremely isolated. There's nothing but open country, forests, river banks, huge fields, clean bridges, even the abandoned building here and there.

There's campgrounds all over the place, too. Most of them are honor system for paying.

If you are sleeping outside, you will need to have a tent or at least a mosquito net. Unless you are a Buddhist monk and can tolerate hundreds of mosquitoes on you. Or wait till fall when there are none.

Read up on bear safety if you are sleeping outside. Everywhere is bear country in the north. Not something to dismiss
 

Koala

sleeps 22 hours a day, eats chutes and leaves
Joined
Nov 3, 2015
Messages
600
Age
24
Location
NY
Website
ciggybuttbrain.wordpress.com
Megabus has suuuuper cheap bus tix into Canada. You can go straight from NYC to Toronto and if you book in advance, I reckon you could get that fare for $20-$25. Don't know if you're looking to enter Canada on the east coast, but if you are, I'd say Megabus is the way to go!

They onl book a few months in advance at a time, and fares can be weird like one day it's $75 and switch to the next day and it's $10 so do a lot of looking if your departure date is flexible.
 

carol

Newbie
Joined
Jul 27, 2016
Messages
23
Location
new york
Megabus has suuuuper cheap bus tix into Canada. You can go straight from NYC to Toronto and if you book in advance, I reckon you could get that fare for $20-$25. Don't know if you're looking to enter Canada on the east coast, but if you are, I'd say Megabus is the way to go!

They onl book a few months in advance at a time, and fares can be weird like one day it's $75 and switch to the next day and it's $10 so do a lot of looking if your departure date is flexible.

Nice! I'll definitely look into that. Thanks!


Sent from my iPhone using Squat the Planet Mobile
 
O

outlawloose

I deleted myself
I hitched from SF to Fairbanks AK in less than 2 weeks - it was sick. Natives in BC and the Yukon are very friendly to hitchhikers. I did it in winter and sleeping in the snow sucks, but survived. If solo bring a knife of course just like anywhere but its unlikely you'll ever think to worry about it.
Canadian border security can suck my dick - I've been fully searched half a dozen times entering Canada, even riding Bolt Bus. But if you don't have any prior convictions, you're not carrying drugs, and have a valid reason/ excuse to be in Canada (I'm visiting my sister for her wedding) than just go along with their searches with a sarcastic smile on your face.
It's all worth it.
 
O

outlawloose

I deleted myself
My roaddog Daniel made this vid recap from our alaska trip - Im the blackfaced hobo with the doge. Being winter it was the toughest adventure I ever did, but I hear even summer has it's own set of challenges so be prepared!
 

todd

Vagabond
Joined
Oct 12, 2016
Messages
340
Location
drummonds, tn.
its a longggg empty road through Canada you might want to look at the Alaska waterway on the coast? I too have always wanted to goto Alaska
 

carol

Newbie
Joined
Jul 27, 2016
Messages
23
Location
new york
My roaddog Daniel made this vid recap from our alaska trip - Im the blackfaced hobo with the doge. Being winter it was the toughest adventure I ever did, but I hear even summer has it's own set of challenges so be prepared!

Looks amazing! Wish I was in the video lol. Where did u guys take the freight train to?


Sent from my iPhone using Squat the Planet Mobile
 
O

outlawloose

I deleted myself
Only rode two trains on that trip – Kamloops to Jasper then later Prince George to Prince Rupert, British Columbia. No freights run in the Yukon or into Alaska.
P.G. to P.R. follows the Skeena River to the Pacific and is such a powerful ride – one of my favourite subdivisions ever.
93220004.jpg
 

Users who are viewing this thread

About us

  • Squat the Planet is the world's largest social network for misfit travelers. Join our community of do-it-yourself nomads and learn how to explore the world by any means necessary.

    More Info

Support StP!

Donations go towards paying our monthly server fees, adding new features to the website, and occasionally putting a burrito in Matt's mouth.

Total amount
$90.00
Goal
$100.00

Monthly Goals

  1. Paying the Bills
    $50.00 of $50.00 - reached!
    The first $50 in donations go towards paying our monthly server fees and adding new features to the website. Once this goal is reached, we'll see about feeding Matt that burrito.
  2. Buy Matt a Beer
    $75.00 of $75.00 - reached!
    Now that we have the bills paid for this month, let's give Matt a hearty thank you by buying him a drink for all the hard work he's done for StP. Hopefully his will help keep him from going insane after a long day of squishing website bugs.
  3. Feed Matt a Burrito
    $90.00 of $100.00
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt has a beer in his hand, how about showing him your love by rewarding all his hard work with a big fat burrito to put in his mouth. This will keep him alive while programming new features for the website.
  4. Finance the Shopping Cart
    $90.00 of $200.00
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt is fed, perhaps it's time to start planning for those twilight years under the bridge... if only he had that golden shopping cart all the oogles are bragging about these days.