Pure Wilderness from Yukon to Alaska

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Day 1:  Whitehorse for 2 nights
Pick up your car at Whitehorse airport
Accommodation at Hotel Bombay Peggy’s***
This is a unique place in Dawson City, as it is a restored brothel! It has opulent interiors and antique furniture reminiscent of the gold rush days. The speakeasy style pub has live music and it’s a lively fun place to stay.

The small town and state capital owes its poetic name to the rapids on the Yukon River.  Located on the banks of the river, at the foot of the mountains, the former seasonal camp developed during the gold rush era, then with the opening of the Alaska Highway, which connects Dawson Creek, in British Columbia (Canada) to Fairbanks, Alaska (United States).
This is amongst the most scenic and remote drives in the world:  a long road that meanders between glaciers, built in just 8 months during the Second World War, when the Americans feared after Pearl Harbor an invasion of the Japanese from the north.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore on own
A visit to the SS Klondike steamer, which connected Whitehorse in Dawson
The Transportation Museum – the Mac Bride Museum, specializing in Yukon natural history

Day 2:
Half day canoe trip on the Yukon River
Explore Miles canyon, by boat on the Yukon River which flows bewteen the gorges.  Disembark and go for a hiking trip.  You will find some trails on both banks.  Have a bath in the Takhini hot springs complex.

 Complete the day with a visit to the Yukon Wildlife Reserve, territory of caribou, bison, lynx and other mountain goats

Day 3:  Keno for 1 night
Drive north through the Yukon Territory (250 miles or about 5h30 minutes), on the historic Gold Rush route.
You will encounter typical subarctic landscapes:  low deciduous and coniferous forests, hills and lakes.

Reach Mayo, departure hamlet for the visit of Keno.  This is a timeless mining town, with its abandoned houses and its old petrol station overgrown with vegetation.
The bar, restaurant and general store is run by the Mayor, son of a family of Italian miners who came to work at the mine.

The Silver Trail is a must do.  It tells the story of the mining past of the region and immerses us in the culture of the First Nations.

Accommodation at Silvermoon Bunkhouse
Centrally located in Keno City, Silvermoon Bunkhouse is in the heart of some of the Yukon’s most accessible scenic mountain trails. Walk, run, or mountain bike for hours on end. Unparalleled outdoor activities including mountain and fat tire biking.
Featuring six modern, comfortable double occupancy rooms. Full kitchen facilities, wash-rooms, and showers.

Day 4: Dawson City for 2 nights
Drive north-west towards Dawson City (143 miles, about 3h30), follow the Silver Trail, which once served the silver mines.
On the way, you will take the Dempster, which crosses the Tombstone Mountains covered with tundra, where wildlife is omnipresent.
Installation for 2 nights in Dawson City, in a hotel in the central address center that has kept something of the feverish atmosphere of the gold rush era.

Accommodation at Hotel Bombay Peggy’s***
This is a unique place in Dawson City, as it is a restored brothel! It has opulent interiors and antique furniture reminiscent of the gold rush days. The speakeasy style pub has live music and it’s a lively fun place to stay.

Day 5:
At the edge of the Yukon River, at the foot of a wooded and mountainous region, Dawson City cultivates the memory of the gold rush which made it the capital of the region at the end of the 19th century. Today, it is a beautiful city with its wooden houses that date back for the time of the gold rush.
There are plenty of bars where you can play blackjack while watching the dancers in period costume.
Make sure to visit Jack London’s hut.


Day 6: Tok (Alaska)
Drive to Tok, an isolated town in the Tanana Valley, Alaska, via route no. 9, the « Top of the World Highway ».
Open only in summer, this winding road of some 300 km connects the valleys of the Yukon River and those of the Tanana River (count 5-6h), a mix of tarmac sections and tracks (well marked out) alternates.  Beautiful scenery made of mountain peaks and hills .
Tok is a crossroads on the roads serving Fairbanks, the Canadian border and Anchorage.
It is also a renowned center for the training of sled dogs.

 Accommodation Caribou Cabins**
Rustic log cabins include all modern amenities and give you the space to spread out. This amazing property is set on 30 acres of pristine Alaska forest.

Day 7:  Kluane National Park for 2 nights
Drive to Canada and the Yukon, towards Haines Junction, on the edge of Kluane National Park and Reserve.
The route follows for 293 miles (about 6 hours) the Alaska Highway, through alluvial plains and glacial valleys.

 Accommodation at Raven’s Rest Inn ***
Set in Haines Junction, Raven’s Rest Inn offers a garden. There is a terrace and guests can make use of free WiFi and free private parking.
All guest rooms at the hotel feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, dvd player, and a private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. All rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a coffee machine.
A continental breakfast is available every morning at Raven’s Rest Inn.

Day 8:
Kluane National Park is a land of high rugged mountains, immense fields of ice and lush valleys, which is also home to the highest peak in the country, Mount Logan (5959 m), a paradise for nature enthusiasts.

Half-day private hike with a guide
Depart from Kathleen Lake and explore in particular Icefield Ranges, Kathleen Lake, Rock Glaciers or King’s Throne Mountain.

Flight over the Kluane glaciers in a bush plane
The opportunity to admire from the sky the ice fields and glaciers, an unforgettable experience … You will have several options to choose from.
Discover the mighty Kaskawulsh and South Arm glaciers, Pinnacle Peak and Mount Kennedy or Mont Logan during a grand tour in the heart of Kluane, bringing together some of the highest peaks in Canada, and the largest non-polar glaciers in the world.
The Pacific Grand Mountain Tour allows you to fly over the Kluane glaciers, but also the Kennedy and Hubbard mountains, following the Lowell glacier. Finally, the most complete tour of Kluane National Park offers the opportunity to approach the largest massif in the world, Mont Logan, and contemplate views beyond the horizon of the chain of St. Elias.

Day 9:  Haines (Alaska)
Drive south-east, crossing the border with Alaska until you reach Haines (150 km, about 3h30 minutes).
Snow-capped peaks give way to deep forests, glacial fronts alternate with lakes, to the grandiose landscapes of Mud Bay fjords.
Visit an ancient Native American village and its Tinglit totem poles – the Chilkat bird sanctuary, where bald eagles are seen.

Accommodation at Hotel Halsingland
Nestled between the jagged peaks of the Chilkat Mountains and the waters of the beautiful Lynn Fjord, the Hotel Halsingland offers an authentic historic experience in a setting of natural beauty.
Our unique hotel is located in Historic Fort Seward and is designed in Jeffersonian style architecture.  Many rooms are adorned with original decorative Belgian tile fireplaces and claw foot tubs.

Day 10:  Skagway for 2 nights
Take the ferry to cross to Skagway (about 45 minutes) by gliding on the Lynn Canal.
Admire this magnificent fjord landscape, bordered by steep banks, glaciers and waterfalls.

Accommodation at the White House
This lovely old place was built as a home in 1902 by a gambler and saloon owner. The miniature Doric columns is a vague reminiscent of the actual White House.  The rooms, which are all upstairs along either side of a long hallway were all built recently.   They have all very comfortable beds  with handmade quilts, ceiling fans, and screened windows (for the odd hot day).

Day 11:
The small port town of Skagway was the gateway to the Klondike during the Gold Rush era. The wooden buildings, the old station and the saloons bring you back in time. 
Skagway is now the gateway to visit Klondike National Park.
You could also viist the ghost town of Dyea and the famous Chilkoot Trail, where so many men lost their lives and is now used by hikers.
Access to the trail is limited to 50 hikers per day.

Day 12: Yukon River Valley for 3 nights
Drive back to Yukon River Valley south of Whitehorse, where you settle for 3 nights in a cozy, warm and friendly chalet nestled between forests and mountains.

Accommodation Hotel Inn on the Lake****
Situated on the shores of Marsh Lake, this quaint lodge features views of Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. It offers kayaking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and an on-site restaurant.
Each guest room at Inn on the Lake Whitehorse includes rustic furnishings and a private bathroom. Select apartments boast a kitchen or balcony.
The restaurant serves a 4-course dinner every day with 2 entree choices. Guests can relax in the evenings at the bar or enjoy a coffee in the café.
A fitness center, hot tub, and sauna are part of Inn on the Lake. Free bicycle and snowshoe rentals are available.
Downtown Whitehorse and Whitehorse Airport are a 45-minute drive from the Yukon Inn on the Lake Lodge.

Day 13 and 14
Days at leisure to enjoy various activities such as hiking and cycling
The Yukon River trail is a highlight of any trip to Whitehorse. A deep bright green colour, it seems almost unreal.  Ride on trails that follow the Yukon River.  Pass the historical former town site of Canyon City, where Klondike stampeders stopped and created a makeshift canvas tent city while they pondered how to cross the rapids without losing all their gear.
Explore the Southern Lakes region – visit Carcross and its desert, the « smallest in the world ».

Day 15:
Drop off car at Whitehorse airport



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