In the Footsteps of Yukon Pioneers
This unforgettable route gives you the opportunity to discover the modern and ancient cultures of the Yukon. From the echoes of the Gold Rush to the new world of ecotourism, this northern wonderland offers something different for adventurous travellers and is the perfect introduction to Canada’s wildest province. A day in famous Dawson City will give visitors a chance to perhaps pan for gold, while the savage beauty of Kluane National Park will entice outdoor adventures to explore seldom seen trails, lakes and forests. This is a holiday that allows you to become one with nature and will be an adventure you will never forget.
Available May – August 2018/2019. Flights can also be arranged from your regional Airport.
On arrival in Whitehorse, transfer independently to your overnight hotel. The capital of Yukon, this northern city offers all the modern conveniences and amenities you desire, as well as the historical and cultural remnants of the days of the Gold Rush. Overnight in Whitehorse.
Departing eastward along the Alaska Highway into the interior of the Yukon, you will pass through small towns and villages that have carved unique communities out of this rugged wilderness. Arriving in Watson Lake, take some time to visit the ‘signpost forest’ – a collection of over 10,000 signposts donated by visitors from around the world - or the World War II historical display at the airport. Overnight in Watson Lake.
Today you should turn northward on to the Campbell Highway and follow the path of several rivers and long lakes, many only previously seen by the most avid outdoorsman before arriving in Faro. This small town is set under the gaze of the mountains and invites travellers to visit the Campbell Region Interpretative Centre to learn about the history and geography of the surrounding area. Visitors may also enjoy a visit to the former lead-zinc mine – once the largest in the world. Overnight in Faro.
As you journey further northward you will embark on a day of discovery, travelling through the wilderness of the Yukon heartland. Home to large mammals such as moose, caribou and grizzly bears, it is important to keep your eyes peeled for signs of any wildlife. Later in the day, arrive in the famous former prospector town of Dawson City. Perhaps visit one of the local eateries, serving up everything from hardy frontier fare, to tastes of the Far East. Overnight in Dawson City.
Today is yours to independently discover the excitement of the days of the Gold Rush gone by as the town comes alive with period actors on local walking tours, historical buildings and interactive gold-panning stations. Jump straight back in time as you visit The Bonanza Creek with Discovery Claim and the Dredge 4 National Historic Site, which provides an in-depth look into the industry that made the town famous. We also suggest a visit to The Midnight Dome offers dramatic views of the town at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers. Overnight in Dawson City.
Beginning with a short crossing of the Yukon River by ferry, today your journey takes you along a picturesque route following the Top of the World Highway and the Taylor Highway. You will be left in awe of the jaw-dropping scenery at every turn as you traverse the wilds of Yukon over the international border to Alaska. The small crossroads town of Chicken provides the ideal midway point to stop and experience a slice of local life. Continue on as you loop back south back into Canada and arrive in the small town of Beaver Creek for the evening. Overnight in the Beaver Creek area.
Today is a slightly shorter driving distance back on the Alaska Highway, which allows time to independently explore natural wonders of the area. Suggested stops are the shores of Lake Kluane or the snow-capped mountains and glaciers of the St. Elias Mountains of spectacular Kluane National Park. Well-marked hiking trails and scenic viewpoints are dotted around the area and showcase some of the unique landscape of these protected parklands. Arrive later in Haines Junction and perhaps take some time to explore the First Nations Daku Cultural Centre, a highlight of this frontier town. Overnight in Haines Junction.
After departing for Whitehorse, stop midway at the village of Champagne where ancient local culture will burst into life on your included Long Ago People’s Place First Nations Guided Tour. Visit the traditional living structures of a First Nations Village and be amazed by demonstrations of hunting practises and food preparation that were used for centuries by the original inhabitants of the area. This tour includes tea and traditional bannock break. Overnight in Whitehorse.
The day is free to independently discover why Whitehorse has cultivated a name as the hub of local guided and independent sightseeing and local touring activities in the Yukon. We suggest taking a daytrip to remote Skagway, or to visit some of the local sites such as the SS Klondike, Beringia Centre, the Transportation Museum or the MacBride Museum. Overnight in Whitehorse.
Today your Yukon experience comes to an end as you check out of your hotel and proceed independently to the airport.