Yukon's Adventure Highways
Take your time exploring the epic landscapes and rich living history of the Yukon
when you hire a car and take to the highways. This huge region is home to just 40,000 people and 30,000 of them live in the capital, Whitehorse. You might drive for hours and not see anyone else, but chances are you will spy creatures of the wild, like caribou, moose and muskox. Here are four road-trip suggestions to inspire the trip of a lifetime.
Dempster Highway & Arctic Circle
8 - 15 Days
From Whitehorse to Inuvik (or in reverse)
The Dempster is Canada’s only all-season road, so you can choose to drive it at any time of year. While isolated, this is the kind of drive that spirits you through amazing landscapes and past abundant wildlife. Head north to the gold rush town of Dawson City, through Klondike country and on to the hauntingly beautiful Tombstone Park. Depending on whether the Peel and Mackenzie Rivers are frozen, you’ll drive across them to Inuvik or catch the ferry. Along the way, stop for a photo as you cross into the Arctic Circle. This is a journey you’ll need to be well prepared for since there are limited services along the way. When you arrive at your destination, book a flight back to the start or stock your car for the return journey.
3 - 4 Days
During summer and autumn, make the city of Whitehorse your base. Jump in the car to get to the starting points for canoeing on the Yukon River, hiking in the wilderness, or mountain biking through rugged peaks. Visit Carcross, a tiny village of just 300 people, with a history that dates back thousands of years when it was used as a fishing and hunting camp by the local First Nations people. There’s now a small retail precinct, where you can view totem poles inspired by the local Tlingit people, visit a carving shed, browse art galleries and eat locally sourced foods. On another day, go to Haines Junction, the gateway to Kluane National Park.
4 - 5 Days
See glorious alpine passes, incredible lakes, unique towns and the South-East Alaska coastline on this route that follows the historic White Pass and Yukon Route. At Skagway, you’ll take the ferry to Haines, Alaska. You’ll also have a chance to explore the mountains and glaciers of Kluane National Park. Summer is the best season to take on this route, since the extended daylight hours will give you plenty of time for outdoors adventure.
Whitehorse to Tombstone Park
5 - 7 Days
This route, best tackled in the autumn or summer months, explores the land of the legendary Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. You’ll pass through Dawson City, an authentic gold rush town with only 1,300 residents but a number of historic sites and attractions. See the can-can dancers at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, Canada’s oldest legal casino, or take a tour of the mines where gold is still sought today. Further north is Tombstone Territorial Park, with its jagged peaks and coloured hills. Hike off the road and watch for wildlife.
Need more inspiration to explore the Yukon? Find our suggested itineraries here or check out our Canada & Alaska Tailor-made collection brochure to discover more of this spectacular country. Alternatively, enquire now, call (AU) 1300 295 049 or (NZ) 0800 238 368 or see your travel agent to custom make your own tailor-made itinerary.
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