17 July 2009

The Geography Student

Location: Yukon Territory, Canada - We're at the Mt Logan viewpoint about 50 kms north of Kluane Lake on the Alcan Highway, 150 kms south of the USA / Canada border.

The Alcan is the original name for the Alaska Highway and I prefer it. Mount Logan is the highest mountain in Canada and the second-highest peak in North America. The mountain was named after Sir William Edmond Logan, a Canadian geologist and founder of the Geological Survey of Canada.  Mount Logan is located within Kluane National Park and Reserve in southwestern Yukon. 

It is the Worlds' Largest Mountain Massif and has the greatest base circumference of any non-volcanic mountain on Earth, with the massif containing eleven peaks over 5000 metres.

An American operated tour bus travelling from Alaska pulled into the turn through at the viewpoint and most of the passengers got out to look around. One elderly couple wandered over to where Dann was standing near an information board. After exchanging informal ‘Hello’s’, the gentleman mentions to Dann that ‘I saw more wildlife when I was in Canada’. Dann informed him that ‘ You are in the Yukon Territory now sir, you are in Canada’. ‘OH!”, the gentleman replied and wandered off?

The tour bus window displayed a large interior / exterior sign that read ‘Alaska’. Perhaps the driver should have changed the sign to ‘Yukon’, when he entered Canada.

As drivers, tour bus operators are responsible for dispensing accurate information about the areas they transport passengers through.  

Crusty ... I love geography, there's just so much to learn!

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