Highlights of the Yukon
SELF DRIVE TOURING
• Take in breathtaking scenery in Kluane National Park
• Travel back in time to the Gold Rush days in Dawson City
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Highlights of the Yukon
Day 1 : UK-Whitehorse
On arrival collect your rental car and make your way to your hotel. Welcome to the “Land of the Midnight Sun”. Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory and at 22,000 people is the largest city in Canada’s North. Everything about the Yukon is big, even the log skyscraper in town. After checking in to your hotel, take some time to explore the city and get a feel of what’s in store.
Day 2 : Whitehorse (Yukon Wildlife Preserve)
Time to explore the region and take advantage of all that Whitehorse has to offer. Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve (included), unique wildlife viewing property featuring 10 species of northern Canadian mammals in their natural environment. Encompassing over 700 acres with various natural habitats, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve offers unparalleled wildlife viewing and photo opportunities.
Day 3 : Whitehorse to Haines Junction (154 km/96 mi)
Depart Whitehorse today for an easy two-hour drive along the historic Alaska Highway to Haines Junction. This town is the only thing not huge in Kluane country with a population of 800 residents, which is fewer than the number of grizzly bears in Kluane National Park. The park is home to Canada’s highest peak and the world’s largest non-polar Icefields that lie behind the façade of mountains that provide the town’s spectacular backdrop. For a truly unforgettable experience, take an air tour over the park. From above some of the planet’s largest glaciers, you’ll get a true sense of the scale and magnificence created by nature.
Day 4 : Kluane National Park (250 km/155 mi)
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.
Image credit: Government of Yukon & F Mueller
Day 5 : Haines Junction to Tok (467 km/290 mi)
This morning go on a short hiking trip before driving north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. Stopover at Sheep Mountain and look out for Dall sheep gracing alongside the mountain slopes. Your journey continues along the famous Alaska Highway through endless wilderness areas. Arrive in Tok, often referred to as the “Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska”. Welcome back to Alaska.
Day 6 : Tok to Dawson City (297 km/185 mi)
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 open up before your eyes. Before you reach Dawson City, you’ll cross the Yukon River by the government-run ferry. With your arrival in Dawson City, you might feel you just landed in a different century. Experience the old Klondike in its well-kept colour and fame.
Day 7-8 : Dawson City - Exploring
A full day to visit the various historical sights of Dawson City: SS Keno – the last steamer to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse, the Jack London Interpretive Centre with the poets original cabin, the city museum with Audio-visual presentations, Dredge #4 – build in 1912 on the famous Bonanza Creek, the Grand Palace Theatre – home of the “Gaslight Follies Show “ and Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Casino with legal gambling tables and “Can- Can” floor shows. Do not miss the short drive on the Ridge Road to the top of the Midnight Dome with excellent views over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains, and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.
Day 9 : Dawson City to Whitehorse (532 km/333 mi)
Going south, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stopover 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.
Day 10 : Depart Whitehorse
Drop off your car at the airport in time for your return flight to the UK.
Day 11 : Arrive UK
Arrive in the UK.