Featured itinerary: The Klondike gold rush
Note: Only Parks Canada-administered sites will be offering free admission in 2017. Visitors must pay entrance fees in sites managed by third parties.
10 days - Whitehorse to Dawson City, passing by Kluane National Park and Reserve
Whitehorse to Carcross, 72 km – then take the train to Bennett
Go back in time and follow the footsteps taken by the dreamers of the era along the Klondike Highway. Travel to Carcross, then hop on board the White Pass and Yukon Route train and step into the wilds of the North in Bennett. Explore the ruins of Bennett City, a boom town that had its glory years during the gold rush. Set up comfortably for the night in the Parks Canada campground on the shores of magnificent Bennett Lake.
Ready for another day of discovery? Take the legendary Chilkoot Trail and walk in the footsteps of the gold-seekers who made it to the Klondike. Board the train back to Carcross; when you arrive check out the Carcross Commons – a modern day First Nations commercial village - before returning to Whitehorse.
Your trip to the S.S. Klondike will take you aboard the restored flagship of the British Yukon navigation Company’s sternwheel fleet. From there, a gorgeous stroll on the banks of the Yukon River will take you to McBride Museum and the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. Watch the water and you may see a family of beavers building a lodge, keep an eye to the sky for circling golden eagles.
Dawson City, 550 km from Whitehorse
Travel north to the Klondike National Historic Sites in and around Dawson City; check out Five Finger Rapids along the way. Take advantage of the midnight sun to wander streets where historical buildings blend into the living town. Imagine thousands of gold-seekers-of-old milling about the busy streets. Feel the history which infuses every aspect of modern life in this iconic gold rush town.
Tour the “Paris of the North”. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Dawson City. Visit Robert Service ’s cabin. Get to know the quirky personality of the “Bard of the Yukon”. Board the S.S. Keno. Sip some tea at the stately Commissioner’s Residence, or test your mettle in the Escape Room. Can you do it all?
Explore the Klondike goldfields! Visit the Discovery Claim, follow the trail and stand in the spot where the nugget that started the Klondike gold rush was found in 1896. Visit Dredge No. 4, the enormous machine that dug up creek beds to bring gold to the surface. Millions of dollars’ worth of gold were left behind by gold rush hand miners.
Dawson City to Haines Junction, 850 km, passing through Alaska
Travel along the aptly named Top of the World Highway through Chicken, Alaska and back along the Alaska Highway to Kluane. Don’t forget to stop by the Natural History Museum in Burwash Landing.
Stretch your legs on the Soldier’s Summit Trail, located near the Tachäl Dhäl Visitor Centre. Keep your eyes peeled, you might get lucky and catch a glimpse of some Dall sheep.
Make a stop to plan your trip at the Da Kų Cultural Centre by the park gate and unearth the fascinating world of Kluane. Get comfortable for the night at Kathleen Lake Campground.
Kluane National Park and Reserve
Already up? Get your hiking gear together, put on your shoes and set off to discover the amazing Kluane landscapes on foot!
How about a hike up the King’s Throne?
Perhaps a paddle on the crystal clear waters of Kathleen Lake is more your thing...
Haines Junction to Whitehorse, 155 km
Wake up and spend a morning soaking up the scenery at Kathleen Lake.
Go birdwatching along the Dezadeash River Trail.
There’s still time to enjoy the views from the Rock Glacier Trail before heading back to Whitehorse.
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