Antarctica & Arctic
A unique opportunity to drive across the Arctic Circle, as you explore the northern wilderness of the Yukon and North West Territiories.
Destinations > Western Canada > Yukon Arctic Explorer
11 nights accommodations, 11 days rental car, admission to Yukon Wildlife Preserve, exclusive travel documentation package including personalized maps, itinerary and driving directions, and a Lonely Planet Guide of Alaska.
Daily, 05 May - 01 Oct 17
Culture & Heritage
A unique opportunity to drive across the Arctic Circle, as you explore the northern wilderness of the Yukon and North West Territiories. Gold rush history, wildlife and natural scenic beauty abounds on this fantastic itinerary.
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Cross the Arctic Circle
Gold Rush town of Dawson City
Yukon Wildlife Preserve
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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.
Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, a unique wildlife viewing property featuring 10 species of northern Canadian mammals in their natural environment.
Travel north to explore a sensational landscape in this remote part of the Yukon. 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.
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, Dredge #4, the Grand Palace Theatre – home of the “ Gaslight Follies Show “and Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Casino with “ Can-Can” floor shows. Do not miss the short drive to the top of the Midnight Dome with excellent views over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains, and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.
Join the Dempster Highway and travel through the spectacular subarctic wilderness of Tombstone Provincial Park. Spend tonight just south of the Arctic Circle.
Crossing the Arctic Circle and pass through the Richardson Mountains as you leave the Yukon and enter the Northwest Territories. You will reach the end of the Dempster Highway upon arrival in Inuvik.
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 take a sightseeing flight to view the Arctic Ocean from above.
Drive from Inuvik back to Eagle Plains.
Continue your journey back to Dawson City.
Drive the Klondike Highway surrounded by scenic mountain landscape. The area around the Silver Trail Highway was once the richest silver mining area of Canada.
Enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape as you continue south. Stopover at the Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the Yukon River. Arrive back in Whitehorse late this afternoon.
Your Yukon adventure comes to an end.
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