Yukon Sights by Sue Thomas

South Canol Road - Lapie Lake to the Campbell Highway

Lapie Lake recreation site at km 163 on the South Canol Road is a perfect spot for camping. It is usually quiet. There are two campsites and a soggy dirt boat launch.

Camped at Lapie Lake recreation site on the South Canol Road in Yukon
One of the campsites at the Lapie Lake recreation site - August 2010

Camping at Lapie Lake recreation site on the South Canol Road in Yukon
The other campsite at the Lapie Lake recreation site - August 2010

Lapie Lake on the South Canol Road in Yukon
Looking northward on Lapie Lake from the recreation site and boat launch - August 2010

The South Canol Road continues northbound as a two-lane dirt road. It is usually in reasonably good condition although can be slick if it is wet.

Northbound on the South Canol Road in Yukon - 2010
Northbound on the South Canol Road - July 2008

The colours vary greatly with the seasons.  Below is an image of the same hillsides seen above but in September. 

South Canol Road, Yukon
Fall colours were abundant on the valley floor - September 2007

South Canol Road, Yukon
Northbound on the South Canol Road - September 2007

South Canol Road, Yukon
In the valley before climbing the hillside northbound - September 2007

There are some good steep steady climbs from valley bottom to ridges high above. 

Along one hillside, there were a few places where two vehicles could pass. We debated what would happen if we encountered another vehicle coming from the other direction.

South Canol Road in the Yukon near Lapie River
One of the pull-off areas northbound above the Lapie River - August 2010

Looking southward along the South Canol near the Lapie River
View southward along the South Canol Road above the Lapie River valley - August 2010

Lapie River viewed from the South Canol Road above the valley
Lapie River viewed from the South Canol Road - July 2008

There were some very narrow spots along this section without room for passing. There was not any traffic and we were able to stop to take pictures.

Lapie River & Valley near South Canol Road, Yukon
Lapie River and valley from the South Canol Road - September 2007

The road descends quickly to the Lapie River bridge. 

Lapie River Bridge - South Canol Road, Yukon
Lapie River bridge (km 210) at the north end of the South Canol Road - August 2010

Sign at Lapie River Bridge
Sign at the Lapie River bridge - September 2007

There is a short trail along Lapie Canyon that starts off on the southwest side of the bridge. Most trails are not well marked and it can take a few minutes to find trailheads.  e looked a little bit longer than usual for this one though. It was worth the search.

Lapie Canyon - South Canol Road, Yukon
Lapie Canyon & bridge from the hiking trail - September 2007 

Lapie Canyon - South Canol Road, Yukon
Lapie Canyon further down the trail, with the bridge still visible in the distance - September 2007

All too soon travellers see this sign at the north end of the South Canol Road, on the Campbell Highway. Most need to turn left to fuel up in Ross River.

Sign at the north end of the South Canol Road at the Campbell Highway
Sign at the Campbell Highway at the north end of the South Canol Road - August 2010

The Lapie River Yukon gov't campground on the Campbell Highway across the bridge and along the river west of the turnoff to Ross River is a good spot to stay. There is also a nice community campground with electric and water in Faro.

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