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Yukon Arctic Explorer
(Tour Code: SD111) Departs from Whitehorse: Daily
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11 Jun - 06 Sep, 2020
Child age 10 yrs & under
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Explore the Canadian Arctic by road with stops in Dawson City, Eagle Plains and Inuvik.
This 12-day circle self drive from Whitehorse covers all the main highlights of the Yukon, including the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, the Gold Rush town of Dawson City and what was once the richest silver mining area of Canada, Mayo.
Itinerary at a Glance
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Day 1 Whitehorse Welcome to the “Land of the Midnight Sun”. Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory and at 22,000 people is the largest city in Canada’s North. Everything about the Yukon is big, even the log skyscraper in town. After checking in to your hotel, take some time to explore the city and get a feel of what’s in store.
Day 2 Whitehorse (Yukon Wildlife Preserve) Time to explore the region and take advantage of all that Whitehorse has to offer. Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve (included), this unique wildlife viewing property featuring 10 species of northern Canadian mammals in their natural environment. Encompassing over 700 acres with various natural habitats, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve offers unparalleled wildlife viewing and photo opportunities. Please note: Yukon Wildlife Preserve dates of operation: Jun - Aug, if the Preserve is closed a refund will be issued.
Day 3 Whitehorse to Dawson (532 km / 333 mi) Travel north to the Silver Trail to explore a sensational landscape in this remote part of the Yukon. On the way to Mayo you will catch glimpses of the Stewart River and several pullouts allow for spectacular views of glaciated terrain. A visit to the historic towns of Elsa and Keno is also recommended. Continue your journey north along the Klondike Highway. On this scenic drive, you’ll feel the grit, heartache and golden dreams of the Klondike Gold Rush when you reach Dawson City. This authentic gold rush town is bursting with historic sites and engaging attractions. The Dawson City Museum (not included) is the place to begin your exploration of Dawson, the gold rush and Yukon’s First People and explorers.
Day 4 Dawson City A full day to visit the various historical sights of Dawson City: SS Keno – the last steamer to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse, the Jack London Interpretive Center with the poets original cabin, the city museum with audiovisual presentations, Dredge #4 – build in 1912 on famous Bonanza Creek, the Grand Palace Theatre – home of the “ Gaslight Follies Show “ and Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Casino with legal gambling tables and “ Can- Can” floor shows. Do not miss the short drive on the Ridge Road to the top of the Midnight Dome with excellent views over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains, and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.
Day 5 Dawson City to Eagle Plains (408 km/254 mi) Today you will join the Dempster Highway and travel through the spectacular subarctic wilderness of Tombstone Provincial Park. Continue out onto the Eagle Plains, fringed by the Ogilvie and Richardson mountain ranges. Your accommodation tonight is the remote Eagle Plains Hotel, located just 35kms south of the Arctic Circle.
(Please note: The Dempster Highway is unpaved)
Day 6 Eagle Plains to Inuvik (366 km/227 mi) Continue north today, crossing the Arctic Circle and passing through the Richardson Mountains as you leave the Yukon and enter the Northwest Territories. You may wish to take a short detour to Fort McPherson. You will reach the end of the Dempster Highway upon arrival in Inuvik.
Day 7 Inuvik Today is at leisure to explore this remote Arctic settlement and its surroundings. The Western Arctic Regional Visitors Centre in Inuvik is a great place to start. Day tours are available to Tuktoyaktuk or Herschel Island, or you could take a sightseeing flight to view the Arctic Ocean from above (optional, additional cost).
Day 8 Inuvik to Eagle Plains (366 km/227 mi) Today you drive the Dempster Highway south to Eagle Plains. Again you cross the Mackenzie and Peel Rivers by state ferries (free of charge).
Day 9 Eagle Plains to Dawson City (408 km/254 mi) Continue south on the Dempster Highway to Dawson City.
Day 10 Dawson City to Mayo (230 km / 143 mi) Drive the Klondike Highway east towards Whitehorse accompanied by scenic mountain landscape. At the intersection with the Silver Trail Highway continue towards Mayo. The area around the Silver Trail Highway was once the richest silver mining area of Canada.
Day 11 Mayo to Whitehorse (406 km / 252 mi) Going south, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stopover at the Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River. In late afternoon you will reach Yukon’s capital city, Whitehorse - a city with a unique combination of pioneer values and urban sophistication.
Day 12 Whitehorse After check-out of your hotel your Yukon Self Drive adventure comes to an end.
- Accommodation including taxes for 11 nights
- Admission to Yukon Wildlife Preserve (operates daily mid-May to Sep, price for non operating dates will be adjusted at time of booking)
- Travel Documentation
- Rental Car
- Road and Tunnel Tolls
Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)
- Whitehorse - Best Western Gold Rush Inn (Deluxe Room)
- Dawson City - Aurora Inn (Standard Room)
- Eagle Plains - Eagle Plains Hotel (Standard Room)
- Inuvik - Nova Inn (One Queen Room)
- Mayo - Bedrock Motel (Standard Room)
Dawson City, Eagle Plains, Inuvik, Mayo accommodation is the best available in the area and considered lower end of 3 star.