Highlights of the Yukon
This jam-packed 11-night itinerary allows you to discover the very best of the Yukon in an unforgettable adventure. Fasten your seat belt and hit the open roads to explore the heart of Canada's wildest province - from the echoes of the Gold Rush to the new world of ecotourism, this northern wonderland offers something different for adventurous travellers. Your time in the Yukon Wildlife Preserve will open up a whole new world in front of your eyes, and the scenery surrounding you will leave you speechless time and time again. This is a holiday you will never forget.
Available May - September 2018.
Today we suggest you discover the varied, breath-taking landscapes that Yukon is so known for. A visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve (included) is an absolute must; this unique wildlife viewing property featuring 10 species of northern Canadian mammals in their natural environment over 700 acres with various natural habitats. Make sure you pack some extra camera batteries; the wildlife-watching and photo opportunities here are second to none.
Today, travel along the South Klondike Highway which connects the Yukon Territory with the Inside Passage ferry system in Alaska. Also known as the Skagway - Carcross Road, today’s drive offers some of the world’s most spectacular scenery as it descends from the White Pass to Skagway. The highway winds through the subalpine landscape of Tormented Valley to Tutshi Lake, Tagish Lake and the much-photographed Emerald Lake. The rest of the day is free to explore the Skagway area at your leisure.
This morning we suggest you spend some time in Skagway and explore the old town buildings before taking the afternoon Alaska Ferry to Haines. This will be a spectacularly scenic and relaxing ride along the Lynn Canal, a fjord that is as beautiful and pristine as any in the world with its walls steeply rise from sea level to 7,000 feet. You will then arrive in Haines, located in the Valley of the Eagles. Almost 4,000 American bald eagles gather along an 8 km stretch of the Chilkat River near Haines and Klukwan each fall. This will be a wildlife-watching experience like no other and is exactly why you should visit the Yukon.
The Haines Highway winds from Haines over the Chilkat Pass - the highest summit on this highway. On this journey you will pass Klukshu, a native summer fishing camp offering great photo opportunities. Drive through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve before arriving at Kluane National Park. The Kluane area covers the largest non-polar icefields in the world. Visit the Sheep Mountain Visitor Center with its interpretive programs to learn about the native flora and fauna. Viewing telescopes are available where you can spot Dall sheep on the mountain slopes.
Leaving along the Haines Highway, the road climbs from the Chilkat River Valley to the windswept Chikat Pass. You skirt the boundaries of the Tatshenini-Alesk Provincial Park of British Columbia and Kluane National Park in the Yukon, part of the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness on earth, and a United Nations World Heritage Site.
This morning, we suggest you go on a short hiking trip before driving north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. Make sure you leave adequate time to take photo stops. Your journey continues on the famous Alaska Highway through endless wilderness areas. You will end your day on arrival in Tok, often referred to as the “Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska”. Welcome back to Alaska.
The Top of the World Highway (please note this is a partly gravel road) brings you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. When the highway reaches its highest elevation, incredible views into far-reaching countryside will open right in front of your eyes. Before arriving in Dawson City, you’ll cross the Yukon River by government-run ferry. With your arrival in Dawson City you might feel you just landed in a different century.
Today you will spend a full day visiting the various historical sights of Dawson City. Highlights include SS Keno – the last steamer to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse, the Jack London Interpretive Center - with the poet’s original cabin - the city museum, Dredge #4 – build in 1912 on famous Bonanza Creek and the Grand Palace Theatre – home of the “Gaslight Follies Show”. Do not miss the short drive on the Ridge Road to the top of the Midnight Dome. The views will not disappoint; you will be met with panoramas over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains, and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.
As you head back south today, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stop at the Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River. In late afternoon you will reach Yukon’s capital city, Whitehorse - a city with a unique combination of pioneer values and urban sophistication.
Wave goodbye to your incredible Yukon adventure as you make your way to the airport for your return flight to the UK.