Teslin, Yukon Territory

Day 692

Milpost 804

     The Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading post at Teslin, Yukon Territory, in 1903, named for the river of the same name. The name Teslin came from a Tlingit word “Teslintoo,” meaning “long narrow waters”, referring to Teslin Lake, which is 78 miles long. The population of this town is less than 500 people, and outside of the primitive campground we are staying, a general store, and gas station, there is nothing here. We are spending one night here and going on to Whitehorse tomorrow. 

     The Tlingit are the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America, originally coming down from Alaska. They still live in this area as a result of a treaty. 

     We are camping on the shore of the Nisutlin Bay off the Teslin River.

     To arrive here we crossed the Nisutlin Bay Bridge.    

       The Nisutlin Bay Bridge crosses Teslin Lake, Yukon Territory. The current Nisutlin Bay Bridge, built in 1956, is the third bridge to span the bay since the original construction of the Alaska Highway. It is two lanes wide and consists of seven metal through truss spans set on concrete piers. The roadway is composed of large opening, metal grating. Because of this, it was a little slippery to cross.

     On our way here we went over 3 miles of unpaved road (under construction), it turned my truck brown. 

Technical Stuff:

Watson Lake, Yukon to Teslin, Yukon Territory: 161.2 miles

3 hours 35 minutes

10.0 MPG

Diesel: $1.32 Canadian/liter

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