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Yukon and the Dempster
Depart from Whitehorse (Tour Code: SD109) Daily, except select dates Please note, 2020 Alaska Marine Highway ferry schedule is pending updates; package departure dates are subject to change
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15 Jun - 01 Sep, 2020
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Travel to the Canadian Arctic by road with stops in Skagway, Haines, Kluane National Park, Dawson City and Eagles Plains.
This 17-day self drive includes a visit to the Indigenous community of Inuvik: Place of Man, where you can explore the remote Arctic settlement and even sightsee the Arcitc Circle from the air if you wish.
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.
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.
Day 3 Whitehorse to Skagway (176 km / 110 mi) Today travel the South Klondike Highway which connects the Yukon Territory with the Inside Passage ferry system in Alaska. Also known as the Skagway - Carcross Road, todays drive offers some spectacular scenery as it descend from the White Pass to Skagway. The highway winds through the subalpine landscape of Tormented Valley to Tutshi Lake, Tagish Lake and the much photographed Emerald Lake. The rest of the day is free to explore the Skagway area.
Day 4 Skagway to Haines (Ferry duration 1 hr) / (Driving 8 km / 5 mi) Spend the morning in Skagway and explore the old town buildings. Take the afternoon Alaska Ferry to Haines. It is a spectacularly scenic and relaxing ferry ride along the Lynn Canal, a fjord that is as beautiful and pristine as any in the world. Fjord walls steeply rise from sea level to 7,000 feet. Arrive in Haines, located in the Valley of the Eagles. Almost 4,000 American bald eagles gather along a 8 km stretch of the Chilkat River near Haines and Klukwan each fall.
Day 5 Haines to Haines Junction (238 km / 147 mi) The Haines Highway winds from Haines over the Chilkat Pass - the highest summit on this highway. Pass Klukshu, a native summer fishing camp offering great photo opportunities. Drive through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve before arriving at Kluane National Park. The Kluane area covers the largest non-polar icefields in the world. Visit the Sheep Mountain Visitor Center with its interpretive programs about the flora and fauna. Viewing telescopes are available where you can spot Dall sheep on the mountain slopes.
Day 6 Kluane National Park (250 km / 155 mi) Leaving along the Haines Highway, the road climbs from the Chilkat River Valley to the windswept Chikat Pass. You skirt the boundaries of the Tatshenini-Alesk Provincial Park of British Columbia and Kluane National Park in the Yukon, part of the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness on earth, and a United Nations World Heritage Site. Haines junction is the only thing not huge in Kluane country, home to 800 residents, which is fewer than the number of grizzly bears in Kluane National Park. This is home to Canada’s highest peak and the world’s largest non-polar Icefields that lie behind the façade of mountains that provide the town’s spectacular backdrop.
Day 7 Haines Junction to Tok (467 km / 290 mi) This morning go on a short hiking trip before driving north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. Stopover at Sheep Mountain and look out for Dall sheep gracing alongside the mountain slopes. Your journey continues on the famous Alaska Highway through endless wilderness areas. Arrive in Tok, often referred to as the “Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska”. Welcome back to Alaska.
Day 8 Tok to Dawson City (297 km / 185 mi) The Top of the World Highway (please note this is a partly gravel road) brings you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. When the highway reaches its highest elevation incredible views into far-reaching countryside open up. Before you reach Dawson City, you’ll cross the Yukon River by the government-run ferry. With your arrival in Dawson City you might feel you just landed in a different century. Experience the old Klondike in its well-kept color and fame.
Days 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 Inuvik 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 13 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 14 Eagle Plains to Dawson City (408 km/254 mi) Continue south on the Dempster Highway to Dawson City.
Day 15 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 16 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 17 Whitehorse After check-out of your hotel your Yukon Self Drive adventure comes to an end.
- Accommodation including taxes for 16 nights
- Admission to Yukon Wildlife Preserve
- Alaska Marine Highway Ferry (vehicle & passengers) between Skagway & Haines
- Travel Documentation
- Rental Car
- Road and Tunnel Tolls
Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)
- Whitehorse - Best Western Gold Rush Inn (Deluxe Room)
- Skagway - Westmark Inn (Standard Room)
- Haines - Hotel Halsingland (Standard Queen Double Room)
- Haines Junction - The Raven Hotel (Standard Room) (Continental Breakfast Included)
- Tok - Cleft of the Rock Bed & Breakfast (Cabin) (Breakfast Included)
- Dawson City - Aurora Inn (Standard Room)
- Eagle Plains - Eagle Plains Hotel (Standard Room
- Inuvik - Nova Inn (Standard Room)
- Mayo - Bedrock Motel (Standard Room)
Tok, Dawson City, Haines, Haines Junction. Eagle Plains, Inuvik, Mayo accommodation is the best available in the area and considered lower end of 3 star.