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Canada : Yukon

7.7 km (4.8 miles) NE of Upper Laberge, YT, Canada
Approx. altitude: 856 m (2808 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo topo250 ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 61°S 45°E

Accuracy: 6.9 km (4.3 mi)
Quality: good

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#2: My GPS receiver, 6.93 km from the point #3: My GPS receiver, 6.93 km from the point #4: As close as I got the previous day (on the dirt road): 12.4 km from the point.  (Future visitors might want to use this as a waypoint.) #5: My encounter with a bear (on the dirt road, the previous day) #6: Takhini Hot Spring, across Lake Laberge, west of the point

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  61°N 135°W (visit #2) (incomplete) 

#1: Looking eastwards across Lake Laberge towards the point, 6.93 km away

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

10-Aug-2019 -- I’m making my first visit to Canada’s Yukon Territory, for a short vacation. I was intrigued by this Degree Confluence Point; it is close to the territorial capital of Whitehorse, yet had been visited only once - by Hermann Grebner, 18 years ago. The problem is that the point lies on the ‘wrong’ side of Lake Laberge - a widening of the Yukon River, north of Whitehorse. Hermann Grebner hired a boat to take him across the lake.

However, satellite imagery shows another possible way to reach this point. There is a dirt road running near the eastern side of the Yukon River - and then Lake Laberge - that passes just 1.8 km from the point. This road is accessible from Whitehorse (by crossing its sole road bridge across the Yukon River). When I learned that my rental car was 4WD, I decided to try taking this dirt road, to attempt to reach this point.

I made good progress northwards along this road (backtracking a couple of times after taking wrong turns), but eventually found that the road got too muddy to safely continue. I had to turn back when I was still 12.4 km (‘as the crow flies’) south of the point. However, someone with a better 4WD vehicle will likely be able to reach this point this way.

My attempt wasn’t completely in vain, however, as I got to see (and photograph) a young brown bear sauntering along the road in front of my car. (It ran off into the forest once it noticed me.)

The next day, I drove north from Whitehorse to Takhini Hot Spring (before heading west to Haines Junction). En route, I stopped on the western side of Lake Laberge, to look towards the point, 6.93 km away. (This got me closer to the point than my attempt the previous day.)


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#1: Looking eastwards across Lake Laberge towards the point, 6.93 km away
#2: My GPS receiver, 6.93 km from the point
#3: My GPS receiver, 6.93 km from the point
#4: As close as I got the previous day (on the dirt road): 12.4 km from the point. (Future visitors might want to use this as a waypoint.)
#5: My encounter with a bear (on the dirt road, the previous day)
#6: Takhini Hot Spring, across Lake Laberge, west of the point
ALL: All pictures on one page