Visit the Yukon – home of the Klondike Gold Rush, Canada’s tallest mountains and the world’s largest non-polar ice field. This circular self-drive holiday explores the modern and ancient cultures of the Yukon, offering a perfect introduction to those wishing to enjoy this historic region on their own schedule.
Highlights include the Top of the World Highway, panning for gold, wildlife, wide open spaces and empty roads. A day in famous Dawson City, home of the Klondike Gold Rush and and time to visit Kluane National Park, offer the contrasts of this amazing part of Canada.
This holiday can also be extended, adding a few days after Dawson City to visit Eagle Plains, Inuvik and the Arctic Circle. Ask us for details.
Martin Hall - Travelled to BC & Alberta
"Your directions were spot on"
It's a massive thank you from us for arranging such an amazing trip from Edmonton all the way down to Vancouver. Your directions were spot on and the bookings trouble free. What a range of accommodation as well especially the lodge in Banff, each one very different and fun.
Itinerary (9 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
Fly into Whitehorse from the UK, the capital of the Yukon Territory, a city offering...
Fly into Whitehorse from the UK, the capital of the Yukon Territory, a city offering all modern conveniences and amenities as well as the historical and cultural remnants of the days of the Gold Rush. You could stop enroute to Whitehorse for a few nights in Vancouver to break the journey.
1 night in Whitehorse.
Whitehorse to Watson Lake
Today you will head east from Whitehorse along the Alaska Highway, into the Yukon’s interior,...
to Watson Lake
Today you will head east from Whitehorse along the Alaska Highway, into the Yukon’s interior, passing through small towns and unique communities and rugged wilderness. Arriving in Watson Lake, take some time to visit the ‘signpost forest’ with over 10,000 signposts donated by visitors from around the world and also the World War II historical display at the airport.
1 night in Watson Lake.
Watson Lake to Faro
Turning northward on to the Campbell Highway, follow the path of several rivers and long...
Turning northward on to the Campbell Highway, follow the path of several rivers and long lakes, many only previously seen by the most avid outdoorsman. Arriving in Faro, this small town set under the gaze of the mountains 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 producer in the world.
1 night Faro.
Faro to Dawson City
Travelling farther northward, your day will be spent travelling through the wilderness of the Yukon...
Travelling farther northward, your day will be spent travelling through the wilderness of the Yukon heartland, home to large mammals such as moose, caribou and grizzly bears. You will arrive later in the day in Dawson City, an historic, rustic Gold Rush town whose unpaved streets and wooden boardwalks are still roamed by miners and their descendants and where you will spend the next 2 nights. 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.
2 nights in Dawson City.
Ask us about adding an extra night to include a full-day tour of Tombstone Territorial Park or including a 4-day extension to Eagle Plains and Inuvik and the Arctic Circle.
Dawson City to Beaver Creek
Crossing the Yukon River, you will embark on one of the truly great wilderness drives...
to Beaver Creek
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 crossroads town of Chicken, Alaska is the ideal midway stop before you loop back in to Canada and arrive in the small town of Beaver Creek and you will overnight nearby.
1 night in Beaver Creek.
Beaver Creek to Haines Junction
A shorter drive on the Alaska Highway today allows time to independently explore natural wonders...
A shorter drive on the Alaska Highway today allows time to independently explore natural wonders such as the shores of Lake Kluane, or the snow-capped mountains and glaciers of the St Elias Mountains of the the amazing Kluane National Park. Arrive later in Haines Junction and if time, visit the First Nations Daku Cultural Centre, a highlight of this frontier town.
1 night in Haines Junction.
Your onward journey for Whitehorse will include a midway stop at the village of Champagne...
Your onward journey for Whitehorse will include a midway stop at the village of Champagne where ancient locat culture comes to life on your Long Ago People’s Place First Nations Guided Tour. You will see the traditional living structures of a First Nations Village and also demonstrations of hunting practises and food preparation that were practised for centures by the original inhabitants of the area. Tour includes tea and traditional bannock break.
Your second day is free to discover Whitehorse; visit the SS Klondkie, the Beringia Centre or the MacBride Museum.
2 nights in Whitehorse
Jan Vening - Travelled to British Columbia
Thank you for the adventure of a lifetime!!! Two years ago we used this company for a holiday to BC and it was fantastic. This year we went to Alaska and the Yukon and Heidi organised the most wonderful trip, that went as smoothly as is possible. From the Arctic Circle to Kodiak Island everything was PERFECT (so rare in this day and age!!!) As for wildlife...wow! She arranged for us to travel by several different means of transport and to stay in a wide range of accommodation all of which gave us an idea of life in this vast area of North America. We are left with wonderful memories and thousands of beautiful photos.