Go on this Yukon Adventure through pristine rivers and lakes; endless forests teeming with wildlife; and a fascinating Gold Rush history. And anywhere there is a place to park a camper!
• International Economy flights with Air Transat
• Seat Selection included
• Internal flight to Whitehorse from Vancouver
• 2 nights’ pre and post accommodation in Whitehorse Airport
• 12 days’ motorhome hire
• Personal & provisioning vehicle kit
• Motorhome insurance
• 2000kms package
•Treat yourself to a larger vehicle – speak to your agent when booking.
•Fancy some relaxtion before the adventure, upgrade your flight to club class!
Day 1 Fly to Whitehorse
You are in transit today. Fly to Vancouver with Air Transat. You'll get a few hours to relax before your evening flight to Whitehorse. Overnight in Whitehorse.
Day 2 Whitehorse to Carmacks
Head north from Whitehorse, on the Klondike Highway, bound for that lively gold rush town, Dawson City. Your first stop should be at Braeburn Lodge. Why? Cinnamon buns. Not just any cinnamon buns. THE cinnamon buns. Massive. Delicious. Legendary. Carmacks is a good spot to stop. While you’re here, learn about the Northern Tutchone culture at the Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre and check out the world’s only mammoth snare diorama. Explore local history on a self-guided walking tour and enjoy views of the Yukon River along the riverfront boardwalk. Overnight in Carmacks.
Day 3 Carmacks to Mayo
Keep on the adventure at Five Finger Rapids, where you can see the notorious stretch of river that presented a major obstacle not only for the rafts of the stampeders but also the sternwheelers that were to follow. A short hike leads down to the river. In Pelly Crossing visit the Selkirk First Nation Cultural Centre at Big Jonathan House. And for lovers of all things quirky, Moose Creek Lodge is a must. For a slower paced journey you may wish to spend the night here. Overnight in Mayo.
Day 4 Mayo to Dawson City
As you roll into Dawson City, remember those who made it here only after hauling supplies over a treacherous mountain pass, building a raft and navigating the Yukon River—and be thankful for roads. Overnight inDawson City.
Day 5 Dawson City / Klondike
Welcome to Dawson City, the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush! An incredible community that has preserved its past, Dawson City invites you to turn back the pages of time and experience its rich living history. The legacies of that time are everywhere you look. First Nations cultural experiences and wilderness adventures are also part of today’s Klondike experience.
Day 6 Dawson City / Tombstome Territorial Park
Tombstone Territorial Park's 2,200 km2 protect a unique wilderness of rugged peaks, permafrost landforms and abundant wildlife, all reflected in a rich First Nations culture. The park is a legacy of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in land claim agreement and lies within their traditional territory. The Dempster Highway bisects the park and provides an opportunity to view stunning arctic tundra landscapes and wildlife, and access to hiking areas. The concentration of wide ecological niches has resulted in a diverse collection of flora and fauna uncommon at this latitude.
Day 7 Dawson City
This authentic gold rush town is bursting with historic sites and attractions. One of the best ways to explore it is to stroll along the wooden boardwalks and step back into another era. Parks Canada offers a range of walking tours which can be organized at the Visitor Information Centre. From the Commissioner’s Residence to the Palace Grand Theatre, interpretive guides bring to life the characters and stories of Dawson. Listen to poetry readings at the Robert Service Cabin or enjoy a guided hike while learning about the poet and listening to some of his poems. Get to know the cultural history of the local First Nation, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, at the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre. Why not pre-book a GoldBottom mine tour or day tour in Tombstone Park. Overnight in Dawson City.
Day 8 Dawson City to Tetlin Junction /Tok
A free ferry across the Yukon River connects to the Top of the World Highway, a mostly gravel road that sits atop the ridgeline with views that go forever. Make sure you have your passports out because you’ll be crossing the border into Alaska. Continue on to the hamlet of Chicken, so named because of the abundant Ptarmigan in the region (but “Ptarmigan” was too hard to spell—true story). Chicken is a unique and quirky community, and if you’re in the market for trinkets or decor with a chicken theme, then this is your town. The Taylor Highway continues on to Tetlin Junction, where it meets the Alaska Highway. Overnight in Tetlin Junction.
Day 9 Tetlin Junction to Burwash Landing/Destruction Bay
From here, you’ll head back towards Canada. Another border crossing and a short drive will bring you to Beaver Creek—Canada’s most westerly community, following the historic Alaska Highway alongside the spectacular front ranges of the St Elias Mountains.Once called “the biggest and hardest job since the Panama Canal” the Alaska Highway was built to link the US Mainland with Alaska and improve strategic war efforts during World War II. Today it’s one of the most iconic drives in the world. In Burwash Landing, be sure to visit the Kluane Museum of Natural History before continuing on to Destruction Bay. Overnight in Destruction Bay.
Day 10 Destruction Bay to Haines Junction
This stretch of highway hugs the shores of Kluane Lake, which offers plenty of opportunities for scenic vistas. At the Tachal Dhal Visitor Information Centre you can pick up information on hiking trails and view Dhal sheep clinging to the mountainside. The ruins of Silver City—a former trading post, roadhouse and Northwest Mounted Police barracks—make for some great photo ops. You’ll end your day at the picture-postcard village of Haines Junction (or if you want to sound like a local, simply “the Junction”), which boasts one of the world’s greatest adventure playgrounds in its backyard. But more about that tomorrow—for now, rest up because you’ll need your energy!
Day 11 Haines Junction
The picture-postcard village of Haines Junction boasts a wilderness adventure playground in its backyard. Your stay in Haines Junction will depend on how much fishing & sightseeing you want to do. Kluane National Park and Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and about half the size of Switzerland and is also home to the highest concentration of grizzly bears in North America. Chances of seeing them along the Road are high so keep the binoculars and camera handy For the ultimate I-can’t-believe-how-awesome-that-was experience, a flightseeing tour over the Major Peaks of the St. Elias tops the list. Overnight in Haines Junction.
Day 12 Haines Junction / Kluane National Park
To help plan your visit to this wonder of nature, make your first stop the Visitor Information Centre. From easy walks to strenuous trails, there’s something for every level of hiking ability. If whitewater rafting is more your thing, the Tatshenshini River (the “Tat”) offers Class lll and lV rapids on one-day and multi-day trips. Nat Geo ranks it #1 on their list of top whitewater rafting adventures. For those who want to enjoy the scenery without all the effort, load up on picnic supplies at the Village Bakery and head to Kathleen Lake. This area is home to the largest grizzly bear population in North America, so chances of spotting bears along the road are high. Overnight in Haines Junction.
Day 13 Haines Junction to Whitehorse
Before leaving Haines Junction, be sure to visit Da Kų "Our House", which celebrates the vibrant language, culture and traditions of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations people. You can explore interactive displays, presentations and the work of local artists and artisans. Located in the same building, the Visitor Information Centre can help you plan your Kluane visit. An absolute must while you’re in Haines Junction is a flightseeing tour over the park. It’s the best way to get a sense of the scale and sheer wonder of the place. Flights can be arranged at the Haines Junction airport, from Silver City or Burwash Landing. After you come down from the clouds, drive back to Whitehorse. And strangely, when you get there, it will feel like a big city.
Day 14 whitehorse
Sadly, today you have to return your motorhome. Enjoy the rest of your day hy explore the city, its wildlife preserve & the Takhini Hot Springs. Overnight in a Whitehorse Hotel.
Day 15 Whitehorse to Vancouver then home
Today you depart Whitehorse with your head full of wonderful memories and you fly to Vancouver to catch your international flight back home...or why not stay longer in Vancouver?
Pine Lake Recreation Park and territorial campground in Haines Junction Coal Mine Campground & Canteen Alaskan Stoves Campground in Tok near Tetlin Junction Kathleen Lake Campground Caribou RV Park in Whitehorse Moose Creek Lodge in MayoWant to alter anything?
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Selected dates between May and October 2018
Price based on London departure airport, please call for other departure airports, price and duration may vary.