2002 to 2009

Best of the Best ~ Canada & Alaska

A compilation of our favorite places

Like many of you, we tend to travel on our stomachs, so naturally our Best Of list has to start off with Food.


Mexican food, particularly the guacamole - La Cabana Restaurant on East 4th Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska;

Fast Eddy’s in Tok, Alaska; great food and plenty of it, breakfast, lunch, or dinner; we especially recommend the hamburgers;

The Homestyle Cafe in Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, winner, hands down, for best fish and chips in Canada;

Captain Jacks on Prince Edward Island, up near Cavendish, for fish and chips.

Specialty items:

Syrup: MacNeils Cape Breton Highland Syrup, from South West Margaree in Nova Scotia.  Bought three bottles, should have gotten a case.

Fresh Produce:  Log Cabin Produce Stand outside Armstrong, British Columbia  (they had cool goats, too);

Honey:  Go to the welcome center in Falher, Alberta; next door is a place to buy the best honey in Canada (self-proclaimed, but true).


Double G Services at the north end of Muncho Lake, British Columbia;

The Old World Bakery at the ferry crossing at Balfour, British Columbia;

The Tintina Bakery, about 15 miles south of Dawson City, Yukon Territory.


Strawberry Flats Campground at Muncho Lake, British Columbia;

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland; we highly recommend campsite #5 in the Lomond campground, and #6 out at Green Point.  The most incredible views anywhere out over the water;

Prettiest location & overall best campground – Graves Island Provincial Park south of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Roads – some of our favorites; we’ve noted the unpaved ones 

Denali Highway going east from Denali National Park, Alaska - unpaved;

The section of the Richardson Highway from Glennallen to Valdez, Alaska - paved;

Alberta Provincial Hwy 22 heading north to Calgary - paved;

Rte 31A between New Denver and Kaslo, in southern British Columbia - paved;

The road to Stewart, British Columbia off the Cassiar Highway - paved;

The road to Prince Rupert, British Columbia at the westend of Highway 16 - paved;

All the roads around Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia - paved;

South Canol Road – Lapie Valley area, Yukon Territory – unpaved – our favorite of them all;

The Dempster highway from near Dawson City up to Fort MacPherson, Yukon Territory and Northwest Territory - unpaved.

Great Sights and Things to Do:

Wildflowers: Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia;

Gardens: Many places; best of the best was the city park in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and of course the famous Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia;

Parade: The Magrath Town Celebration, Magrath, Alberta;

Music Event: Annual Red Rock Blues and Folk music festival in Red Rock, Ontario;

Town Fair (very tiny category) – Haines, Alaska;

Best ferry boat ride to anywhere:  Chenega Ferry to Cordova, Prince William Sound, Alaska (this is a big new boat that cruises at 40 knots - too cool).

Best bookstores:

Twice Sold Tales used bookstore in Calgary, Alberta;

Gullivers New/Used Books in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Best tourist information centers:  

Watson Lake Visitor Center in Yukon Territory;

Coming into Nova Scotia on Highway 2 from New Brunswick; those bagpipers at the Welcome Center just make you feel at home;

Best book on places to see:  “Yukon’s Wildlife Viewing Guide” put out by the Territory, and free at visitor centres in Yukon Territory.

© Rick & Kathy Howe 2001-2018