(A) one pair of snowshoes
(B) one sleeping bag
(C) one wool blanket for each occupant over four
The New Canadian Laws are even more wimpy....
Here is the old Canadian Law which is no longer enforced:
Emergency Equipment for Flights in Sparsely Settled Areas (most of the area north of 52 degrees North latitude is designated as "Sparsely Settled")
- Food having a caloric value of at least 10,000 calories per person carried, not subject to deterioration by heat or cold and stored in a sealed waterproof container bearing a tag or label on which the operator of the aircraft or his representative has certified the amount and satisfactory condition of the food in the container following an inspection made not more than 6 months prior to the flight.
- Cooking utensils.
- Matches in a waterproof container.
- A stove and a supply of fuel or a self-contained means of providing heat for cooking when operating north of the tree line.
- A portable compass.
- An axe of at least 2 1/2 pounds or 1 kilogram weight with a handle of not less than 28 inches or 70 centimeters in length. (typically referred to as a "Hudson Bay" axe)
- A flexible saw blade or equivalent cutting tool.
- Snare wire of at least 30 feet or 9 meters and instructions for its use.
- Fishing equipment including still fishing bait and a gill net of not more than a 2 inch or 3 centimeter mesh.
- Mosquito nets or netting and insect repellant sufficient to meet the needs of all persons carried when operating in an area where insects are likely to be hazardous.
- Tents or engine and wing covers of a suitable design, coloured or having panels coloured in international orange or other high visibility colour, sufficient to accommodate all persons when operating north of the tree line.
- Winter sleeping bags sufficient in quantity to accommodate all persons carried when operating in an area where the mean daily temperature is likely to be 7 degrees C (approx. 45 degrees F) or less.
- Two pairs of snow shoes when operating in areas where the ground snow cover is likely to be 12 inches or 30 centimeters of more.
- A signalling mirror.
- At least 3 pyrotechnical distress signals.
- A sharp jack-knife or hunting knife of good quality.
- A suitable survival instruction manual.
- Conspicuity panel.
The following are suggested as useful additional equipment:
NOW;;; back to the flying stuff....
- Spare Axe Handle
- Honing stone or file
- Ice chisel
- Snow knife or snow saw
- Snow shovel
- Flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries
- Pack sack
Canadian Fuel prices are pretty high, as are their motel / hotel rooms.
So you have two options, fly up across Canada at an angle pretty much straight to Alaska. ( I planned that trip last fall before it turned out I had to stay here to take care of some family illness problems)
Or,,, Fly west across the US and then cut up through Canada on the dry side of the mountains. This is a little longer, but safer.
My favorite place to cross heading north bound back home to Alaska is by
, Dorthy Scott airport, if you can get a ride into Oroville they have a great hamburger shop that is right out of the 1950s.
Then to Canadian customs at Pentictin BC.
, They are fast and want you gone.
then north to Kamloops BC
Then Williams Lake BC
, a guy named Ti who retired from the airport runs a nice B&B nearby.
Continue north and top off the gas at Prince George,
expensive gas and expensive hotels
Then up toward McKenzie where you can go two ways,,, Either the drench route straight north to Watson Lake....
OR: Follow the highway through Piney Pass and head up to Fort Saint John
, I have slept in the gas shack before.
Then north west to Fort Nelson
, try not to get stuck there overnight. It is a oil town.
Then to Watson Lake
, the guy who sells gas at the airport has a pilot B&B, old Lend Lease airport from WWII
Then to White Horse
, call US customs and tell them you are coming. A sterile airport if there ever was one. No character..
The to Northway
or Tok, depending on where the US customs people want to meet and harass you. Stay in Tok if you have too, the motel across the hwy is better and the food at Fast Eddies is pretty good as well. Plus there are no drunks on 4 wheelers going around the building all night like they do in Northway.
The to where -ever in Alaska you want to head.....