Klondike Explorer Visit the Yukon on a Self Drive Holiday
Visit the Yukon - home of the Klondike Gold Rush, Canada's tallest mountains and the world's largest non-polar ice field. This self-drive holiday visits the Yukon's top attractions and some of the most stunning scenic locations in Yukon, Alaska and British Columbia.
Highlights include the Top of the World Highway, panning for gold, wildlife, wide open spaces and empty roads. Whilst in the Yukon will also visit Dawson City, home of the Klondike Gold Rush and Kluane National Park, with an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. A ferry will take you into Alaska and Skagway where we would recommend a trip on the infamous White Pass and Yukon Railway.
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Arrive in Whitehorse and pick up your vehicle. There will be time free in the afternoon to explore the Yukon’s pleasant capital city. A visit to S.S Klondike, the paddle steamer, is recommended.
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Whitehorse to Mayo, Silver Trail
Today you will drive north from Whitehorse along the Klondike Highway, following the Yukon River Valley. There will no doubt be many sightings of wildlife along the way of animals that may include moose, black bears, mule deer and elk. Highlights of the day include Five Finger Rapids on the Yukon River and a great introduction to First Nations history and culture in Carmacks. This is a chance for you to explore a rarely visited region of the Yukon, the historic mining district located area Keno and Silver City. Long ago silver was mined in the area – in fact at one time Keno was the site of the largest producing silver mine in the world!
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Mayo to Dawson City
Leave the silver mines and journey to the gold. Dawson City is an historic, rustic Gold Rush town whose unpaved streets and wooden boardwalks are still roamed by miners and their descendants. You can tour Bonanza Creek road and the Goldfields, pan for gold and see how more than 50,000 miners, merchants, dance hall girls and gamblers, searching for wealth and fame, left their mark in the valley’s of the Klondike, Indian and Yukon Rivers. At night, stop in at Diamond Tooth Gerties and play a round or 2 of the Vegas-style games, or sidle up to the bar and enjoy the Can Can floorshow. To cap off your evenings, take a drive to the top of the Midnight Dome, and marvel at the views over the Yukon and Klondike river valleys.
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Dawson City to Tok
Crossing the Yukon River, you will embark on one of the truly great wilderness drives in North America. Revel in the panoramic views off the aptly named Top of the World Highway which traverses mountain tops and ridges and enters Alaska. The last leg of today’s drive takes you along the Tetlit Wildlife Refuge and gives stunning views of the protected wetland.
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Tok to Kluane National Park
Together with Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Canada’s Kluane National Park forms half of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These 2 parks are home to the largest non-polar ice field in the world and the continent’s tallest mountains. The road winds, the traffic is sparse and the wilderness vast. Take advantage of activities on offer such as guided hikes, fishing, canoeing and a glacier flight over the St Elias icefields. You can also take an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Kluane National Park to Haines
Your route takes you past the Tatshenshini River, You will travel over the Haines Pass and pass by the Three Guardsman mountains as you drop down to the coastal side of the mountains. The roadway travels through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to more than 3000 nesting pairs of eagles. Haines is a wonderfully typical Alaskan town. Home to fisherman and loggers, the town retains a charming character typical of many small Alaskan villages. The area was home to the Chilkat Indians for thousands of years and their influence can be felt throughout the community. An excursion to Glacier Bay National Park is highly recommended; 14 tidewater glaciers cascade into the heart of the national park providing spectacular, iconic scenes.
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Haines to Skagway
You will travel the short distance to Skagway by ferry. Though only 15 miles, sightings of whales and seals are possible in the open water at the top of the Lynn Canal, one of the deepest fjords in the USA. Skagway was the “Gateway to the Klondike Goldrush”. The 3 hour White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad tour is a must.
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Skagway to Atlin
Today leave the bustle of Skagway behind and travel, as the gold rushers did, through the White Pass Mountains into BC. Atlin, on stunning Atlin Lake, dominated by the beautiful Llewellyn Glacier, is a sleepy town. Photography, great hiking, warm springs and lake kayaking await you in the community affectionately known as “Little Switzerland”.
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