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Duration
10 days
Activities
  • Guided day hikes
  • Yukon Wildlife Preserve tour
  • Indigenous experiences
Accommodation
  • Comfortable hotels
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 9 Breakfasts

Price

$3390USD

* All prices subject to applicable taxes

Trip Code: CGY

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Overview

Trip highlights


  • Can Geo Collection Adventure
  • Escorted by a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
  • Learn about the traditional lifestyle and history of Yukon’s First Nations
  • Hike amid the dramatic granite pinnacle and colourful tundra of Tombstone Territorial Park
  • Capture the stunning backdrops of Mount Logan in Kluane National Park
  • Step back in time to the Klondike Gold Rush

Over ten days, this adventure brings you into the grandeur of Yukon’s pristine and vast wilderness. In the footsteps of the Klondike Gold Rush, you’ll learn more about the people making this land so special, from the critical role of the First Nations to the gold prospectors seeking their fortune in the glittering rivers of the Klondike. With its abundant wildlife, and cultures that live, breathe and thrive beneath the golden sunsets, shooting stars, and midnight sun, the Yukon Territory is unique in more ways than you can imagine. If you’re dreaming of the perfect nature escape with splendid alpine panoramas, colourful tundra, and dramatic granite pinnacles, this itinerary ticks all the boxes and many extras. You’ll discover iconic places, including Kluane National Park, the Traditional Territory of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Tombstone Territorial Park, Whitehorse, Dawson City and the Southern Lakes areas in Canada’s untamed North. For outdoor enthusiasts like yourself, this is the ultimate bucket list destination. So, leave the crowds behind and explore the treasures the Yukon has to offer.

Activities:
Grading:
3

Introductory

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On arrival at the Whitehorse airport, make your way to the downtown hotel using the hotel's complimentary shuttle. Named after the rapids on the Yukon River, which resembled the flowing manes of charging white horses, the territory's capital was a First Nations campsite until the Gold Rush brought tens of thousands of gold-seekers on their way to the Klondike. There will be a trip briefing in the hotel foyer at the time indicated in your final documents, where you will meet your guide and fellow travellers.

Meals:  Nil

From Whitehorse, it’s a two hours scenic drive to mighty Kluane National Park and Reserve. Kluane offers an alpine and subalpine landscape and is a dream destination for nature enthusiasts and hikers of all levels. Half the size of the Netherlands, the park is home to Canada’s highest mountain, Mount Logan, and the largest non-polar icefields on Earth. We enjoy a leisurely afternoon hike exploring Sheep Creek, Auriol Trail or Paint Mountain with views of the endless mountain ranges in all directions. After stretching our legs, we check into our accommodation for the next two nights in the little community of Haines Junction, conveniently located on the edge of the national park.

Meals:  B,L

After breakfast, we head back to the majestic Kluane National Park. Today, we hike on the park's southern end to a little haven known as Kathleen Lake. The views of the surrounding valleys and the blue waters of the lake are breathtaking as we climb a scree ridge to King’s Peak. Reaching the crest of the ridge, take the time to soak into this incredible landscape as you look to the South to the massive peaks in Alaska or Northwest to Mt Logan, Canada’s highest peak. From here, we can see why they say Yukon is "larger than life," with the awe-inspiring wilderness stretching as far as the eye can see below us.

Meals:  B,L

Before leaving the charming community of Haines Junction, we make a stop at the Interpretive Center. Here we can learn about the history and traditional stories of the people who have called this sacred place home for thousands of years. After our visit, we will drive in the direction of the gold prospectors to Dawson City, making stops along the way to explore some natural wonders such as Fox Lake, Lake Labarge and Five Finger Rapids. As we arrive in the historic town and former base of the 19th century Klondike Gold Rush, enjoy the character and old-time charm of Dawson City.

Meals:  B

Today is all about the history and culture of the people of the Klondike. The experience begins with the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and the fascinating storytelling of the First Nations, which are an essential part of the Yukon culture. There is no shortage of fascinating stories to learn about in the surroundings of Dawson City. Did you know that Call of the Wild author Jack London was among the stampeders searching for gold and wealthier at the end of the 19th century? You’ll be treated to a peek inside his Yukon home, where his adventures are captured in photographs and historical archives.

Meals:  B

We continue our exploration of Yukon’s pristine wilderness with the backcountry jewel known as Canada’s Patagonia. As we are heading a little further north with a drive on the famous Dempster Highway, connecting the arctic ocean to the rest of Canada, enjoy the stunning views of unique arctic tundra landscapes and wildlife. The Tombstone Territorial Park will be our playground for the day, hiking into the larger-than-life panorama surrounded by some of the most iconic mountains in the world. The trails are padded down by the region’s abundant wildlife, including caribou, moose, grizzly bears, Dall sheep and some 150 species of birds. In our return to Dawson City this evening, we step back in time to the dancehalls and saloons of 1898 with a traditional Cancan show at Canada’s oldest Casino.

Meals:  B,L,D

Now’s the time to head back south, bidding farewell to Dawson City and returning to Whitehorse with more scenic stops along the way. Although today concludes your Tombstone Range adventure, there’s little doubt the landscape and experience will stay with you forever. And there are still exciting things in the program, including meeting locals on a tour of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. Depending on our arrival time in Whitehorse, we may enjoy some free time in town to explore and head to a nearby lake to enjoy the evening light reflecting off the water.

Meals:  B,L

Let’s immerse ourselves once again into Yukon’s magnificent wilderness as we head to the Southern Lakes. The region boasts an interconnected group of lakes, endless outdoor recreation and deep pockets of history and culture. After our hike, we stop for a stroll along Canada’s smallest desert and soak in the pure beauty of Emerald Lake, known as Rainbow Lake by the First Nations. From here, we access the outpost of Carcross, formerly named Caribou Crossing, by miners who stopped there en route to the Klondike gold fields at Dawson City. The mountain and lake views in all directions are sure to amaze.

Meals:  B,L

For our last day in the Land of the Midnight Sun, our nature escape will uncover the abundance of lakes and trails in the vicinity of Whitehorse. We’ll be hiking into the nine million years landscape of Miles Canyon, originally referred to as the Grand Canyon. The area has been used by the First Nations as a fishing camp and later on by the Gold Rush prospectors making their way to the North. The historic suspension bridge is connected to a well-established network of trails east of the Yukon River. Tonight, you can share your best memories and highlights with your fellow travellers at our farewell dinner.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, the trip concludes with a transfer to Whitehorse airport.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 9 nights accommodation, double occupancy
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Services of a local guide
  • Private transportation
  • Return airport group transfers
  • Yukon Wildlife Preserve tour
  • Park and entrance fees to sights listed in itinerary

  • Flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Applicable taxes

About Your Leader

Your professional guide is familiar with the area, history and most important the changing weather. All of our guides are trained in wilderness first aid and are lots of fun to keep the days interactive and informative.


Suitability

Introductory

3

Although graded 'introductory' level, this trip has been designed with the active traveller in mind. Day hike options range from 4 to 8 hours in duration on rugged trails ranging from 215m to 1250m in elevation gain. There is some flexibility in the selection of hikes in Kluane National Park, depending on the fitness level and interest of the group, but the fitter you are the more you will enjoy this tour and the more options are available to the group. Suggested preparation: We recommend 45 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week from a minimum of 3 months leading up to your trip. This can include swimming, jogging, hard walking or cycling. Hill or stair walking with a full day pack is highly recommended at least once per week.


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