Yukon Gold Self-Drive Tour - Canada
The Yukon is rich with history of the Klondike Gold Rush and even now you can pan for specks of gold.
The Yukon is rich with history of the Klondike Gold Rush and even now you can pan for specks of gold. But the Yukon offers so much more, and this itinerary allows you time to discover the territory’s character, stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and natural wonders.
Located in northwest Canada, the Yukon is sparsely populated with wide, open spaces perfect for a self-drive adventure by car or motorhome. The territory offers a host of scenic wonders including Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, in Kluane National Park and Reserve.
Experiencing virtually 24-hour daylight during June to September, these months give the perfect time to visit the Yukon with comfortable temperatures in the mid-20’s.
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• Visit Whitehorse, the capital city, started off as a transportation hub during the Klondike Gold Rush between the years of 1896 and 1899, and today retains its importance for visitors arriving by air or driving the world-famous Alaska Highway
• See scenic wonders including Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, Kluane National Park and Reserve
• Miles Canyon to explore, enjoy a soak at the Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs and visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve
• Great base for Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) viewing
• Kluane National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, as mentioned is home to Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan
• No visit to the Yukon is complete without a stay in Dawson City, rich in Gold Rush history allowing you to step back in time.
• 11 nights in quality accommodation
• 12 days rental of standard SUV including 2nd driver, unlimited mileage and insurance
• Admission to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve
• Alaska Marine Highway Ferry (vehicle & passengers) between Skagway and Haines
• Comprehensive documentation kit including road maps, daily itinerary and guidebook
On arrival collect your rental car and then check into the Gold Rush Inn for a 2 night stay.
Admisson to the Yukon wildlife preserve is included, which offers the unique experience of seeing more than 12 iconic Yukon species in their natural environment. There’s also the Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs where you can enjoy a soak in the natural hot springs. Rest of the day at leisure.
Travel the South Klondike Highway which offers some spectacular scenery on the descent from the White Pass to Skagway, past the much-photographed Emerald Lake. Overnight stay.
Explore Skagway then board the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry for a scenic 1-hour journey along the pristine Lynn Canal. Haines is in the Valley of the eagles and here, around 4,000 bald eagles gather on the Chilkat River to feast. Overnight stay.
The Haines Road winders over the Chilkat Pass, the hightest summit on the highway, then to Kluana National Park which covers the largest non-polar icefields in the world. Stop for a scenic break at Kathleen Lake and continue to your destination, the village of Haines Junction. Overnight stay.
Enjoy a full day exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site and include a stop at the Vistor Information Centre. From easy walks to strenuous trials on this hike or what about white-water rafting?
Drive north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake and stop at Sheep Mountain to look for Dall sheep that grace the mountain slopes. The journey along the famous Alaska Highway before reaching Tok in Alaska for an overnight stay.
The Top of the World Highway takes you through the spectacular backcountry and hold mining area and, on reaching its highest elevation, some incredible views into far-reaching countryside can be seen. Cross the Yukon River by ferry and then arrive at Dawson City in the Yukon. Overnight stay.
Rich in Gold Rush history, Dawson City allows you to step back in time. Historical sites include SS Keno, the last steamer to run the Yukon, Jack London Interpretive Center, Dredge #4 built on the famous Bonanza Creek, the Grand Palace Theatre and Diamon Tooth Gertie’s Casino with its ‘Can-Can’ floor show. The short drive on the Ridge Road to the top of the Midnight Dome which offers excellent views over the city, the Ogilvie Mountains and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.
Drive south with a stop at Five Finger Rapids on the way back to Whitehorse, Yukon’s capital city with its unique combination of pioneer values and modern amenities for an overnight stay.
End of tour, return your vechile to Whitehorse airport.