Robert Service's Bank of Commerce (now CIBC)

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Ian @ Wilmar on January 12, 2013

Wow! I've been studying the life and work of RWS for some years. I've visited all his homes in Europe and his grave in Lancieux. Hope to visit Whitehorse and Dawson City in 2014. Any tips? Ian

RK F on January 12, 2013

The run down nature of the old Bank Building where RWS worked is unfortunate but the visit to Dawson City will be well worth the drive if you have any affinity for western history, Canadian western history that is - not the shootem up crap our neighbours to the south espouse. The Casino (run as a fund raising charity by the Territory) is worth a visit - for some evening fun. But if you have the time - look back on the highway to the turn off to the Dempster Highway, you will pass it on your drive from Whitehorse. Really - it is worth the days drive to 70 km and 20 km past the interpretive centre at Tombstone. This drive is like no other in North America - gravel road though but is well graded constantly. Time of year for your visit to the area - I recommend late April - early June or September - less bugs to contend with if your camping and sun's angle.

Whitehorse is a small fun town. We flew back to be present at the recent opening of the Kwan Lin Dun cultural centre - if your lucky there will be events - and "new" art exhibits. For night fun the bar in the Best Western Hotel has a Open Mike night I think its on Wednesday - worth the visit some very talented singers in Whitehorse - like Clair Ness

www.clairness.com

I hope you are driving as the area known as Muncho Lake in BC is a spectacular part of my province almost as spectacular as the famed Fraser Canyon. I could go on - as I love BC and the North - Our drive took us up the Dempster to Inuvik - but that's another tale :-) Good times Bob

ian@wilmar on January 15, 2014

Thanks for your very full reply. We're all set! Flying from UK to Victoria on 22 May; three days in Victoria, including a visit to the Bard & Banker and a play at the Belfry. Then two days in Cowichan; we're meeting the Corfield family - for whom he worked - at Cowichan Tennis Club - where he played. We fly to Juneau and cruise the inside passage to Skagway; White Pass Railroad to Carcross and bus to Whitehorse. Three days in Whitehorse, then we drive to Dawson City. Three days there then we drive the Dempster Higheay to Tok, south the Haynes Junction and then fly home from Whitehorse. I read today that funds are in place to refurbish the CICB building but they've discovered asbestos and don't have the money to have that removed. Dan Davidson in Dawson sends me the Klondike Sun newspaper every fortnight. I had an article printed just before Christmas. It's very exciting! (Our trip, not my article.)

RK F on January 17, 2014

Wow you are going to have some wonderful days! May I offer a couple of suggestions? Driving to Tok is not possible you will get as far as Inuvik. The road to Tok is only just starting construction. But that section of a drive would be anticlimactic after what you will have crossed :-) But you can fly there from Inuvik - about $600 each for a twenty minute flight. Driving? Are you renting a truck or ?? If renting a vehicle I recommend only one company to rent from and that is "Driving Force" http://goo.gl/ruAUAd They are the only company to my knowledge that rents and allows use of the car / truck on the Dempster Hwy. The two national names do not and have some very very poor reports. Driving the Dempstre in spring when the rain falls is like driving in snow / slush. VERY dangerous. There are as many as twelve different kinds of gravel / shale used on the road add to that the additive used to suppress the dust and .. well very slippery. Once you leave Tombstone -next fuel / accommodation is "Eagle Plains" where you will find a hotel two stars and a gas bar and camp site. http://goo.gl/kFIzie Be sure the vehicle you drive has at least one good spare tire preferably two and the tires on it are in good shape and all wheel drive would be my choice!! I do not wish to unnerve you nor do I wish to you to underestimate just how isolated you will be (have a one day food pack for two). When rains hit many times even the truckers pull over and wait for clearing skies. If I can answer any questions please feel free and you can contact me on my main email at rksales@gmail.com should you wish. Al the best - don't forget your camera..;-)

RK F on January 17, 2014

Added a couple of photos to show what brand new Michelins do or do not do (survive) on this road ..

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