All The Yukon Sights

 

Discover what makes the Yukon unlike any other place in the world!

This ancient territory has been home to Indigenous peoples for approximately 12,000 years as well as being home to some of the great adventures and adventurers that became building blocks in our nation’s history.

With a permanent population of only 40,000 people (and 70,000 moose), the Yukon is very sparse, but it is its natural beauty that is so appealing and acts as a magnet for thousands of tourists every year.

Join us on our unforgettable Yukon adventure!

As of March 10, approximately 40,000 residents of the Yukon have been vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Welcome to the Yukon!

Upon arrival at the Whitehorse International Airport you will be greeted by your new best friend and local Tour Director. Professional, knowledgeable, and friendly, your Tour Director will be with you from arrival to departure to answer any questions you have and to help ensure your Yukon visit is smooth, fun, and full of Yukon nuggets!

You will receive assistance with your luggage onto the private motor coach that features large viewing windows, comfy seating, and a washroom on board. Once the group is on board your Tour Director will point out the lay of the city and surrounding wilderness landscape on your way to your downtown accommodations.

You will be pre-registered and checked in at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn centrally located on historic Main Street, Whitehorse. On arrival you will pick up your room key and directions to your upgraded accommodations where you will find a special welcome package full of goodies, local contact and emergency numbers. Your hotel features an elevator, 24hr front desk, onsite restaurant-lounge, free Wi-Fi, on site spa and laundry facilities.

Depending on your arrival time you will have some time to unpack, freshen-up, and get acquainted with your room, before joining your group and tour director for an orientation, answer questions, and give a run-through of the experiences and adventures in the coming days. (For late evening arrivals, the orientation will occur the morning of Day 2).

Day 2

Start your day off with a Gold Rush Breakfast included with your hotel stay, to fuel up for the exciting activities ahead.

After breakfast you will enjoy a private guided tour of Yukon’s Capital City. Some leisure walking from site to site and transport on board your private motor coach for longer distances. With approximately thirty-thousand friendly and adventurous residents, the population of Whitehorse continues to grow, supported by the multi-levels of Government and robust industries of mining and tourism. There remain many preserved sites and evidence of the Gold Rush reminding us of the small-town charm, nestled in the middle of a vast wilderness. Nicknamed ‘The Wilderness City’ you will quickly see why on this tour as you get acquainted with our historic city flanking the Yukon River on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. On your tour you will stop by some famous sites like a restored sternwheeler, the S.S. Klondike, now a National Historic Site and a ‘Skyscraper’ completely made of logs!

In the afternoon you will journey up the Alaska Highway before turning off to your next stop – the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. This large naturally landscaped wildlife Preserve hosts many of the Yukon’s birds and animals such as bison, elk, moose, Dall sheep, mountain goats, arctic foxes, caribou, lynx and muskox! On your fully guided private tour you will hear interesting fun facts about all the animals and visit each enclosure for closer viewing opportunities.

After enjoying your visit at the Preserve you will journey a bit further into the wilderness to the newly rebuilt Takhini Hot Springs where you can relax in the hot springs’ mineral water while soaking in the beauty of the mountains around you. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and a towel!

Once back at your hotel you can freshen up and perhaps take a stroll down to Main Street, enjoy the local shops and restaurants where it is not uncommon to stumble upon live, local music. Be sure to visit the Millennium Trail along the Yukon River for a beautiful summer walk. Perhaps visit Lumel’s Glassblowing Studio dubbed the “Happy Factory” and try your hand at glass blowing.

Overnight stay at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn Whitehorse, upgraded room.

Day 3

Enjoy your Gold Rush Breakfast and prepare for your adventure ahead.

Today you will head out west on the famous Alaska Highway for a full day trip to Kluane National Park and the village of Haines Junction. Kluane is the largest National Park in Canada and a World UNESCO Heritage site, home to Mount Logan, the tallest mountain in Canada, and the largest non-polar ice fields on Earth.

*flightseeing may be available at an additional cost. You will stop at the village of Dakwäkäda (Haines Junction) and visit the Kluane National Park Visitor Centre and the Da Kų Cultural Centre where you will learn more about the First Nations of this precious region. You will also visit Kathleen Lake in the Park itself where you will be immersed by stunning views and majestic mountains. You can stretch your legs along the lakeshore and take in the views at the picnic site, or if you are feeling active, you can take a short hike for some elevated scenery. Your tour director will be with you at all times and provide opportunities for some unforgettable pictures and possible wildlife viewing.

After your amazing day visiting Kluane National Park you will enjoy the scenic wilderness drive back to Whitehorse to your hotel.

Perhaps grab dinner at ‘The Gold Pan Lounge’ in your hotel which features a curated blend of carefully sourced menu that is ‘Yukon’ and ‘Social’ in theme.

Overnight stay at Best Western Gold Rush Inn Whitehorse, upgraded room.

Day 4

Carcross, Nares River

You are welcome to enjoy another Gold Rush Breakfast before departing on today’s adventure. You will join your private group and Tour Director on a scenic, relaxing drive south on the Alaska Highway, and then join the South Klondike Highway enroute to the traditional territory of the Carcross Tagish First Nation and the iconic village of Carcross situated on the shores of historic Lake Bennett. A photographer’s paradise of diverse landscapes where you will hear about local history, the majestic coastal mountain ranges, and the vast southern lake river systems.

You will stop at Emerald Lake with its famous turquoise waters, as well as visit the Carcross Desert, known as the world’s smallest desert. You are also in for a real treat as you visit Caribou Crossing Trading Post and try your luck Panning for Gold! No trip to the Yukon is complete without having a chance to try your luck panning for the elusive gold nugget! BBQ lunch is provided as you enjoy the beautiful mountain vistas and crisp clean air.

On to the village of Carcross, where you will stop by the Visitors Centre, tour the turn of the century White Pass & Yukon Rail Station, and view the historic buildings and shops along the shores of Lake Bennett. The Carcross Commons is the centre of it all and host to a seasonal local artist’s market and food stalls. No visit is complete without a stop for an ice cream or coffee.

You will be dropped off at your hotel in the early evening. With summer providing extra-long daylight hours you’ll find locals out and about enjoying the long days taking in arts, cultural and music events.

Overnight stay at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn Whitehorse, upgraded room.

Day 5

After your Gold Rush Breakfast get your camera ready for a full day of experiencing Klondike Gold Rush history.

Today’s journey takes you to Atlin, a small gold-digging isolated settlement situated in the northwest corner of BC dubbed as “Little Switzerland of the North”. You will make your way on the Alaska Highway moving southeast and turning onto the no thru Atlin road. You will ride alongside Marsh Lake, the source of the Yukon River, which is four kilometers in width, and the river having lent its name to the whole territory. You will make a short stop at Marsh Lake for a stretch and enjoy the fabulous view from its sandy beach.

You will continue your trip to Jakes Corner, the turnoff point, to access Atlin road. The Atlin road only recently became hard-topped and widened, but it has always been a beautiful scenic drive. Little Atlin Lake is a popular fishing and camping spot and just beyond, on the left, is White Mountain. Looking up at the green patches in the white rock you will often see mountain goat families with the naked eye. Atlin road passes many impressive peaks such at Minto and Black Mountain, and many small lakes along the way. Hall Lake is a common spot to find swan families nesting and swimming. Porcupine and bear sightings along the highway add to the excitement of the drive. The view along the way is just breathtaking and, as you will be able to attest to, Atlin gained the nickname for good reason.

Once we arrive in Atlin, we will have a closer look at the historic gold mining village and the ‘MV Tarahne’ proudly parked on the shores in front of the Inn, reminding us of the great heritage and history of this small town. Your Tour Director will be an invaluable resource as you learn the village’s captivating history and take in the turn of the century buildings, many of which are still functioning to serve the village. A highlight will be your visit to the small but plentiful museum in the heart of town, before walking on the fine sand of Atlin Lake’s shore. The lake itself is 85 miles long and up to 4 miles wide, is glacier fed and very cold. If visibility is right, you may even be able to catch site of Llewellyn Glacier across the lake. You will also visit a beautiful waterfall and many abandoned mining relics now home to flora and wildlife.

On the way back to Whitehorse your Tour Director and driver will keep a sharp eye out to point out any wildlife crossing on the way as the Atlin road is known for an abundance of sightings.

To celebrate your visit with us in the Yukon we invite you to join us for a special Yukon sourced farewell dinner. The local chef is a real pro at pulling together Yukon ingredients and ensuring your menu is something you’ll want more of.

Overnight stay at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn Whitehorse, upgraded room.

Day 6

Sadly, your Yukon adventure has come to an end.

You will be escorted back to the Whitehorse Airport by your tour director with your private group transfer and luggage assistance.

We hope you had a fantastic time and that you will visit again!

Itinerary subject to change.

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Best Western Gold Rush Inn Whitehorse

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Hotel Address
411 Main St
Whitehorse, YT
Y1A 2B6
(867) 668-4500



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