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.
Day 1 - Whitehorse: Upon arrival at Whitehorse airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. After check-in you'll be invited to an orientation meeting where the rest of your stay will be explained. The rest of the day and early evening is then spent at your leisure. At 10pm you'll leave your hotel in search of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Based in a heated cabin or walled tent you'll be given snacks and hot drinks while you enjoy the blues, reds and greens across the night sky. You'll then return to the hotel at around 2.30am.
Day 2 - Whitehorse: This morning you'll enjoy a tour of Whitehorse. With a backdrop of stunning mountains, your tour of this former gold rush settlement includes the main highlights, such as the Train Depot of White Pass, the Sternwheeler SS Klondike and Schwatka Lake. The rest of your day is free to relax at your hotel, explore the town further or take an optional excursion like ice-fishing, flightseeing, snowshoeing or dogsledding. Dogsledding can be pre-booked, please ask for details at the time of booking. Later on, you will head out again in search of new views of the Northern Lights.
Day 3 - Whitehorse: For visitors between 01 Oct to 30 Nov and 01 Jan to 31 Jan you'll be able to visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. Here you can view and photograph wildlife in their natural habitat. Bighorn sheep, mountain goats, wood bison, musk-ox and even lynx are some of the animals you can see on this tour. On this trip, you'll also get to visit the Takhini Hot Springs, a warm relaxing break from the cold weather. Tonight you'll head out for the last time to view the Northern Lights.
Day 4 - Whitehorse: Check out of your hotel and transfer back to Whitehorse airport for your next flight.
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: A day for 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, to explore the biggest city of Alaska and its many museums. Take a walk along the Pacific Ocean or downtown for amazing views.
Day 7 - Anchorage: A day for leisure to explore.
Day 8 - Anchorage/Denali Park: Drive to Denali National Park, which will be a highlight of your journey. Two nights in Denali National Park.
Day 9 - Denali National Park: A day for 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 for 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.
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 means that during the summer, the city can get up to 20 hours of sunshine.
Home to a number of museuems such as the Macbride, Old Log Church and Yukon and Yukon Transportation, each of which gives a different take on the life and 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 and 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 and Interpretive Centre. Constructed from the original cabin the site has numerous documents and memorabilia related this famous author.
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.