If you’re thinking about campervan hire in Canada, the Yukon offers a vast landscape perfect for motorhoming, where you’ll find Canada’s tallest mountains, Mount Logan and Mount Saint Elias, as well as an abundance of wildlife and the world’s largest non-polar icefield.
One of Canada’s classic Northern Drives, the Klondike Kluane Loop allows you to follow in the footsteps of Yukon pioneers as you visit the home of the famous Klondike Gold Rush, while exploring the modern and ancient cultures of this fascinating setting.
While it may be Alaska’s underrated next-door neighbour, the Yukon still shares the same latitude and landscape, and despite first impressions, offers far more than just sheer remoteness. Read on as we take you through some of the things you can do along this iconic journey.
Famous for its delicious and huge cinnamon buns, Braeburn Lodge is a roadhouse along the Klondike Highway, making it the perfect first pit stop on your campervan holiday in Canada. Roughly the size of a dinner plate, the buns could be more accurately described as ‘loaves’, but are without doubt worth the trip and provide plenty of fuel to start your adventure.
Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre
Situated in Carmacks, the Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre is a great place to learn about the Northern Tutchone culture, featuring various exhibits including a moose skin boat, a rare collection of stone and bone tools, and a beaded slipper collection. The centre is also home to the world’s only mammoth snare diorama.
Tombstone Territorial Park
Along the Dempster Highway, you’ll find Tombstone Territorial Park, which is a popular destination for hiking, camping and wildlife viewing, as well as being rich in First Nations culture. View arctic tundra landscapes from the Dempster Highway, keeping your eyes peeled for rare flora and fauna as you go. We also recommend pre-booking a GoldBottom Mine Tour while in the park.
Drive the scenic Alaska Highway
For a fantastic view of one of Alaska’s tallest mountain ranges, incorporate the Alaska Highway into your campervan holiday. Originally built to link Mainland USA with Alaska and improve strategic war efforts during WW2, it is now one of the world’s most iconic drives. We recommend also popping into the Kluane Museum of History while you’re in the area.
Kluane National Park and Reserve
This UNESCO World Heritage Site not only has the highest concentration of grizzly bears in North America, but also has some of the best whitewater rafting around. Head to the Tatshenshini River for the best rapids in the area. In need of some relaxation? Take advantage of your beautiful surroundings and head to Kathleen Lake for a picnic (the Village Bakery provides some tasty treats).
No visit to the Yukon is complete without a visit to its capital city, Whitehorse. Home to under 30,000 people, it’s famous for its First Nations culture, with a range of sculptures, paintings and carvings throughout the city. Despite its small-town vibe, Whitehorse is actually the largest city in the Yukon and in Northern Canada. We recommend taking a scenic ride on the Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley and visiting the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site—a paddle steamer that historically travelled to Dawson City and back.
End your journey with a visit to one of Canada’s most popular cities, Vancouver. This west coast gem offers the perfect mix of outdoor adventure and urban living. Must-do activities during your visit include biking around Stanley Park and visiting the resident bears, Coola and Grinder at the top of Grouse Mountain.
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