Every year, a group of scholars gets together and creates a list of over-used words and
phrases that they’d like to see purged from the lexicon. Thus far, we haven’t seen “the
bible” on the list, but its use to describe every must-have book and journal definitely
warrants inclusion in the “overused and abused” category. That said, The Milepost is
completely deserving of its description as “the bible of North Country travel.”
If you plan on traveling to Alaska from the Lower 48, this annually updated reference book (the 2004 is the 56th edition) is as necessary as spare tires. Aptly named, The Milepost provides mile-by-mile descriptions of all major highways and roads in Alaska – as well as the Canadian roads you’ll take to get there, from Alberta and British Columbia up through the Yukon Territory. There’s also information on the Northwest Territories for folks interested in visiting Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Fort Simpson and Inuvik. Each section includes a map of the region, with mileage plus latitudes/longitudes for GPS users; smaller maps provide information on major points of interest.
The 768-page, 8-½ x 11-inch tome is packaged with
more than 500 color photographs, plus the original pull-out Milepost Plan-A-Trip map. The
pages are rife, too, with advertisements from virtually every tourist stop, RV park and
outfitter along the way. The 2004 edition includes a special feature celebrating the 25th
anniversary of the Dempster Highway, along with information on food, gas, lodging, camping,
fishing, sightseeing and road conditions. You don’t even need to drive to put The Milepost
to good use: It also includes detailed information on ferry, cruise ship and train travel.
The Milepost, $25.95 U.S. or $36.95 Canadian, is available in bookstores nationwide, or can
be ordered online at milepost.com or