Follow the gold rush in the Yukon

With its vast stretches of wild untamed terrain, alpine lakes and rugged mountain ranges, the Yukon is a region well worth exploring. Just across the border from Alaska, this is the ideal option for those who like the idea of spending the morning in Canada and the afternoon in the United States.

Scenic trails and rivers

Split by the sparkling waters of the Yukon River, Whitehorse is the region’s capital city and your first stop on this Gold Rush Adventure. When you touch down at the city airport you’ll be picked up and driven downtown to dump your bags at your hotel, before heading off on a historic city tour followed by dinner and drinks at one of the area’s busy night-spots. Your base for three nights, you’ll have plenty of time to check out some of the area’s must-see spots – from canoeing on the Yukon River to Mountain Biking the scenic trails that surround the town. On your third morning, hop on board a train and travel up 2,885 feet to the White Pass – the official border between Canada and the United States. From there you’ll hop over into Alaska for the afternoon before weaving your way through the Yukon’s Southern Lakes on your way back down to Whitehorse.

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Historical forts

Early the following morning, collect your car and set off on a self-drive expedition along the Klondike Highway toward the Northern Tutchone towns of Carmacks and Pelly Crossing. Explore the stunning scenery at the Five Finger rapids and visit the restored settlement of Fort Selkirk nestled on the banks of the Yukon River, before bedding down in Carmacks for the night.

Golden lands

The next leg of your trip will take you into Gold Rush territory, as you follow in the gold-hunting footsteps to Dawson City. Spend a couple of days getting to know this authentic gold rush town, checking out the museums and visiting the town’s top attractions before retiring to your cosy bedroom at Bombay Peggy’s, a restored Victorian Inn with a seriously colourful history.

In search of Grizzlies

From Dawson you’ll continue your journey over the water across the Yukon River to the Top of the World Highway, a 79 mile long road that winds its way across wild untouched landscapes all the way to Alaska. Spend the night just over the border in the little town of Tok, before hopping back in your car the next morning and following the Alaska Highway back into the Yukon. Once back on Canadian soil, continue down towards the Kluane National Park, looking out for grizzly bears as you go. Stop off for the afternoon at Haines Junction for a spot of canoeing or river rafting, followed by a relaxing evening and gourmet dinner at the Raven Hotel. Awake bright and early for a glacier flight-seeing tour of the region, before jumping in the car and make your way back to Whitehorse.

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