Holidays in the Yukon
The jaw-dropping natural features of Yukon are what sets this place apart - a land rich with dramatic mountain vistas, wild rivers and crystal clear lakes. Home to Canada’s highest peak, the world’s largest non-polar ice fields, several Canadian Heritage Rivers and healthy, abundant wildlife.
The Yukon is a haven for some of North America’s most rare and impressive species like caribou, wolves and grizzly bears and millions of migratory birds.
Dawson City is an authentic frontier town bursting with heritage sites and attractions. And not to be missed is the White Pass and Yukon Route railway which climbs almost 3,000 feet in just 20 miles.
Visitors can also experience one of the world’s legendary road trips - the scenic Alaska Highway - one of seven spectacular scenic drives through this land of friendly characters, endless Midnight Sun and expanses of pristine wilderness.
Time difference: GMT -8 hours (during standard time)
Currency: Canadian Dollar.
Language: English, French.
Flight time from the UK (London): Approximately 10 hours to Vancouver
Arrival Airport: Fly into Vancouver, then take a connecting flight (2.5 hours) to Whitehorse
Entry details (for British passport holders): From the 29th September 2016, if you fly or transit through Canada, you must have an Electronic Travel Authoristaion (eTA). If you travel to the US, you must adhere to the US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). Your passport must be valid for at least the duration of your stay. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
Day 1 - Whitehorse: named 'The Wilderness City' the Yukon's capital sits beside the Yukon River, amidst some of the most stunning scenery. Home to a vibrant arts scene, galleries and fantastic restaurants, if you've time you can take a guided mountain bike tour, paddle on the Yukon or head off on horseback to explore.
Day 2 - Whitehorse/Haines Junction: today sees you drive to Haines Junction and your hotel for one night. This wilderness town is surrounded by rugged landscape of great beauty, and is the gateway to the Kluane National Park and Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the territory of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.
Day 3 - Haines Junction/Beaver Creek: you'll enjoy a one hour flight sightseeing over Kluane National Park before heading to Beaver Creek. Home of the White River First Nations, Beaver Creek is also the most westerly community in Canada, and the Yukon's gateway to Alaska. Spend your night in a cabin.
Day 4 - Beaver Creek/Dawson City: head off for Dawson, once the hub of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, now a designated National Historic Site. Log cabins sit alongside colourful buildings in this authentic frontier town.
Days 5-6 - Dawson City: There's so much to see and do in this area. From First Nations to artists it's a really inclusive community, warm and welcoming and with a fascinating past. You can hike the sub-arctic Tombstone Territorial Park to the north, rent a rod and see if the fish are biting or even try your luck at the Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino.
Day 7-8 - Dawson City/Whitehorse: head to Whitehorse, you can take the Klondike Highway, admire the views at Five Finger Rapids and Carmacks, a beautiful rest stop between Dawson and Whitehorse. If you've time, you could take a city tour and see the highlights, including Mile Canyon, the Fish Ladder and the SS Klondike National Historic Site. In the evening visit the famous Whitehorse Frantic Follies.
Day 9 - Whitehorse: your tour ends when you return your car Whitehorse airport.
For more information or to book call now – 0844 871 6640
Day 1 - Whitehorse: collect your car and transfer to your hotel for the first of two nights. Named 'The Wilderness City' the Yukon's capital sits beside the Yukon River, amidst some of the most stunning scenery. Home to a vibrant arts scene, galleries and fantastic restaurants, you can take a guided mountain bike tour, paddle on the Yukon or head off on horseback to explore.
Day 2 - Whitehorse: today you'll take a 10-hour White Pass and Yukon Day Trip to Skagway. Wind your way up into the mountains, travel past Fraser and Bennett Lake, and through Chilkoot Pass, where weary gold seekers once made their way from the ocean to the Klondike gold fields inland. before returning to Whitehorse.
Day 3 - Whitehorse/Dawson City: head off for Dawson City, once the hub of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, now a designated National Historic Site. Log cabins sit alongside colourful buildings in this authentic frontier town, where you can hike the sub-arctic Tombstone Territorial Park to the north or even try your luck at the Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino. The first of two nights in Dawson City.
Day 4 - Dawson City: day at leisure to explore this designated National Historic Site.
Day 5 - Dawson City/Tok Junction: head to Alaska and experience Tok Junction. Tok is known as the "Sled Dog Capital of Alaska" because so many of its residents are involved in some way with dogs and dog mushing.
Day 6 - Tok Junction/Anchorage: continue on to Anchorage. Explore the biggest city of Alaska and its many museums, take a walk along the Pacific Ocean or downtown.
Day 7 - Anchorage: day at leisure to explore.
Day 8 - Anchorage/Denali Park: drive to Denali National Park, surely a highlight of your journey. Two nights in Denali National Park.
Day 9 - Denali National Park: a day at leisure to explore this remarkable area. You could even take a Tundra Wilderness Tour where you may see moose, bear or caribou.
Day 10 - Denali National Park/Fairbanks: leave Denali national park behind and head North to the city of Fairbanks.
Day 11 - Fairbanks: a day at leisure. Perhaps take a cruise on the sternwheeler 'Discover" or a guided tour of the Chena Indian Village.
Day 12 - Fairbanks/Beaver Creek: today you're heading along the Alaska Highway to Canada's westernmost community - Beaver Creek. Home of the White River First Nation, you can learn more at the visitor's centre and dine at the friendly local restaurants.
Day 13 - Beaver Creek/Haines Junction: today you set off for a UNESCO World Heritage site, home of Canada's tallest mountain. You can take a guided hiking tour round this amazing site, the largest internationally protected area in the world, or see it from up above on one of several flight-seeing tours, before heading for your hotel.
Day 14 - Haines Junction/Whitehorse: your tour ends when you return your hire car at Whitehorse airport.
For more information or to book call now – 0844 871 6640
As well as being the capital city of the Yukon, Whitehorse has the honour of being the only city in the Yukon. Known as the Wilderness City it sits on the Yukon River in the Whitehorse Valley. This position gives it a milder climate than most towns and cities on the same latitude. This also mean that during the summer the city gets up to 20 hours of sunshine.
Home to a number of musuems such as the Macbride, Old Log Church and Yukon & Yukon Transportation, each of which gives a different take on the life & history of Whitehorse.
Dawson City was the and still is at the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush. There are still gold mines operating in the area & visitors can take a tour around the Gold Field and have a go at panning for gold themselves. Another relic of the cities Gold mining history is Dredge No 4 a dredging machine, constructed in 1912 Dredge No 4 unearthed nine tons of gold and was the largest wooden hulled dredger in North America.
Dawson City is also home to the Jack London Cabin & Interpretive Centre. Constructed from the original cabin the site has numerous documents and memorabilia related this famous author.