Transportation & Maps
The remote community of Atlin is actually closer to the Yukon and Alaska than it is to other communities in British Columbia.
It is an easy walk around town, and even along its outskirts, but a personal vehicle is necessary to get to Atlin.
Visitors have several options when heading to Atlin. All, except flying directly there in a private plane or float plane, entail driving at least an hour on Highway 7, also called Atlin Road, the only access road to town.
Vehicle rentals are available in both Whitehorse, Yukon and Skagway, Alaska, but not in Atlin. The only transportation rentals in Atlin are motorboats, houseboats, canoes, and kayaks.
The driving distance from BC is far, no matter where you start. If coming from down south, the total trip could take at least three days. Atlin Road, Highway 7, is only partly paved but should be fully covered within the next few years. It is maintained and fine to navigate in the winter. Four-wheel-drive may be necessary on slippery days. The road is more challenging in spring, when the snow begins to get slushy.