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A road trip to remember in Yukon


See just what Yukon discover on the open road

Canada and Alaska Travel Connection has taken all the guesswork out of self-driving around Yukon.

Their 'Highlights of Yukon' package provides more than enough opportunities to explore and discover this beautiful region of Canada on your own.

 

 

Travel during the summer to behold the midnight sun, or during the early autumn to witness the northern lights.

Trek alongside mighty rivers, explore the environment, enjoy the wildlife and discover the rich history of this remarkable region.

 

Explore Yukon's Capital: Whitehorse

This is the largest city in Northern Canada. Wander around Whitehorse and form a first impression on the land you're about to get to know in the next 12 days.

Venture to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, an area with more than 280 hectares of exceptional wildlife and diverse natural habitats. It's a remarkable facility where you can observe and learn about the native flora and fauna of Canada. 

 

Travel the South Klondike Highway

A journey through the historic Klondike Highway will surround you with panoramic views of mountains, lakes and waterfalls.

While crossing the White Pass, you'll be greeted by the unique landscape of the Tormented Valley, a sub-arctic tundra with a one-of-a-kind ecosystem that can be explored by foot.

Along the way, you will come across Tutshi Lake, Tagish Lake and Emerald Lake, all of which are prime spots for snapping that perfect Instagram shot.

 

Emerald Lake

 

Board the Alaska Ferry to Haines

Once you arrive in Skagway, you'll be free to roam around the city centre and see preserved historical sites, as well as admire the vast landscape on the outskirts of town.

Take the ferry ride to Haines in the afternoon and experience a relaxing ride that will take you through the Lynn Canal, a fjord that offers sightings of orcas.

In Haines you can explore the scenery of the Valley of the Eagles, noting the incredible number of American bald eagles during the fall season attracted by the late run of salmons in Chilkat River.

 

Drive along Chilkat Pass

The road trip then takes you to the Haines Highway and the Chilkat Pass, the highest summit on the highway. Tour the Klukshu, a native fish camp with a creek where you can spot grizzlies during salmon season.

After that, visit the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve before making your way to the Kluane National Park & Reserve, home to Canada's highest peak, Mount Logan, and the world's largest non-polar icefields.

 

Haines

 

Stop over at Haines Junction

Hike along the shores of Kluane Lake, making your way to Sheep Mountain to see the famous Dall sheep on the slopes. Continue driving on the Alaska Highway to Tok.

 

Cross the Yukon River to Dawson City

From Tok, board a ferry that will take you to Dawson City, where you will be transported back in time.

Visit historical sites such as the city museum, the Grand Palace Theatre and the SS Keno. Go on a short drive to the Midnight Dome for a memorable vista of the region. 

 

Take the scenic route going back

Heading south at your own pace, consider taking a quick stop at the Five Finger Rapids and walking down the trail to inspect the rapids of Yukon River. Before the sun sets, you should arrive back at Whitehorse, where it all started...

 

Whitehorse

Written by: Traveltalk Magazine
Published: 21 May 2019


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