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In the Footsteps of Yukon Pioneers

Discover a land of stunning mountains peaks, winding rivers and captivating wilderness as you take a circular route beginning and ending at Whitehorse, the capital city of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Experience the excitement of the Gold Rush era, take the path less travelled and stop at small towns and villages, seeing the communities that thrive amongst the wilderness.

As you follow in the Footsteps of Yukon Pioneers, you’ll get to spend 10 days in Canada’s magical Yukon Territory, soaking up its abundant nature and the unique way of life that lives on here. Modern and ancient cultures seem to go hand in hand, with contemporary cities boasting carefully-preserved historical buildings, as well as cultural centres and museums that shine a light on the Yukon’s history. Take it all in because it won’t be long before you’re leaving the city and towns behind and escaping into the vast wilderness, where hiking trails wait to lead you through the stunning Kluane National Park, and the mesmerising waters of Lake Kluane await your discovery.

As with everything in life, the journey is just as important as the stops along the way. Get ready for days spent marvelling from your car window as you cruise along breath-taking highways, making stops to gaze open-mouthed at the natural wonders that abound here. From lakes, rivers and mountain peaks to big mammals like caribou and grizzly bears, you’ll find yourself blessed with stunning views at every turn.

Duration
10 days
Best time to go
November to April and May to October
Options
Private basis
Start your journey
Northern Lights Winter Dempster Highway Cr

Trip highlights

  • Pan for gold in Dawson City
  • Experience the stunning hiking trails of Kluane National Park
  • Explore the historic buildings of Whitehorse, the capital city of the Yukon Territory
  • Drive along the beautiful Alaska Highway

Arrive in the city of Yukon, the capital of the Yukon Territory, and enjoy your first night in Canada

Suggested Accommodation

  • Coast High Country Inn Whitehorse or Best Western Gold Rush Inn or similar
horseback riding

Your first day on the road will take you through the heart of the Yukon Territory, passing by small towns and villages until you reach Watson Lake. Here, you could spend some time exploring the ‘signpost forest’, full of over 10,000 signs from all around the world, or visit the Second World War historical display, before settling in for a good night’s sleep.

Suggested Accommodation

  • A Nice Motel

Today, you’ll drive along rivers and lakes to Faro, a small town set against the backdrop of mountains. Spend some time learning about the beautiful area that surrounds you at the Campbell Region Interpretative Centre, or visit the former lead-zinc mine.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Faro Studio Hotel
horseback riding

Head north today, driving through the Yukon wilderness and looking out for its incredible wildlife along the way, be it moose, caribou or grizzly bears. Find yourself in Dawson City and sample some delicious and diverse food in its local eateries, before spending the night here.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Downtown Hotel Dawson City or Westmark Inn Dawson City
horseback riding

Take a break from driving today and spend some time exploring Dawson City. Step into the Gold Rush era, with period actors bringing to life local walking tours and historic buildings. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Bonanza Creek and Dredge 4 National Historic Site, and the chance to experience an interactive gold-panning station. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Downtown Hotel Dawson City or Westmark Inn Dawson City

Cross the Yukon River by ferry then follow the stunning Top of the World Highway and Taylor Highway through Yukon and into Alaska, USA. Take a break in the unique town of Chicken part way through your journey, then carry on driving back into Canada, eventually reaching the town of Beaver Creek, your stop for the night.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Discovery Yukon Lodgings
a highway with a mountain in the background

Today, you’ll take to the Alaska Highway, with time to discover the many natural wonders you pass, such as Lake Kluane and Kluane National Park. This evening, arrive in Haines Junction and spend some time exploring the village before getting some sleep.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Mount Logan Lodge
horseback riding

Take the short drive to Whitehorse today before spending the rest of the day exploring this frontier town. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Coast High Country Inn Whitehorse or Best Western Gold Rush Inn
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a large body of water with a city in the background

Spend your last full day in this wonderful part of Canada exploring Whitehorse further, or perhaps taking a day trip to the remote town of Skagway.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Coast High Country Inn Whitehorse or Best Western Gold Rush Inn

Today, you’ll bid farewell to an unforgettable experience in Yukon and head home.

Included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 9 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis: Room Only
  • Car hire and insurance
  • Yukon River ferry crossing
  • Taxes, including Provincial and federal taxes

Not included

  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Gratuities
  • Meals
  • Attractions and excursions