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Old 01-28-2015, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Juneau, AK
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Hi Folks,

I'm moving from Juneau to Seattle for work at the end of Feb. I was planning on taking the ferry from Juneau to Prince Rupert and then drive to Seattle. I've even booked my ferry ticket (leave Feb 26th). However, I'm becoming a little worried about the weather and the road conditions at this time of the year. I have a little 4-door sedan with all season tires, but I do have chains. I realize no one can predict the weather this far in advance, but has anyone does this trip, around the same time of year, in a similar vehicle? If so, any advice?
Thanks!

ETA: My apologies if this question has been answered in the past. I found a lot of postings regarding the drive but most of them seemed to be centered around different times of year.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Why not book the ferry all the way to Bellingham?
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Juneau, AK
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Why not book the ferry all the way to Bellingham?
@AKStafford

I'm actually thinking that might be my best bet. I was originally excited to drive, and the ferry cost was less than half to get off at Prince Rupert ($426 vs $1097), but I'm a bit worried that the roads might not be fun to travel on that time of year.
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Old 01-28-2015, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Wow... That is a big price difference.
I've not driven Prince Rupert to Seattle before, but I've done Seattle/Portland to Anchorage, via Prince George and the Cassiar Highway in the winter before, which covers some of the same route.
In my experience, they work hard to keep the road in good shape. There's always a chance of a weather event messing things up for a few days. But I think generally you'd be fine if you just be careful.
This website here has road conditions: DriveBC Events for Highway 16
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Old 01-28-2015, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Juneau, AK
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Wow... That is a big price difference.
I've not driven Prince Rupert to Seattle before, but I've done Seattle/Portland to Anchorage, via Prince George and the Cassiar Highway in the winter before, which covers some of the same route.
In my experience, they work hard to keep the road in good shape. There's always a chance of a weather event messing things up for a few days. But I think generally you'd be fine if you just be careful.
This website here has road conditions: DriveBC Events for Highway 16
Thanks! I appreciate your information and the link.
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Old 01-28-2015, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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I've driven that route about a dozen times during the winter. This road sees a lot of traffic. It'll be clear. It's a major route connecting the Port of Prince Rupert with the rest of Canada. I'd have no qualms about driving it right now in my little front wheel drive Nissan Sentra.
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Old 01-28-2015, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Juneau, AK
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I've driven that route about a dozen times during the winter. This road sees a lot of traffic. It'll be clear. It's a major route connecting the Port of Prince Rupert with the rest of Canada. I'd have no qualms about driving it right now in my little front wheel drive Nissan Sentra.
Thank you! That puts me at ease quite a bit!
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