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Discover the Yukon - Self Drive

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Discover the Yukon on this 15 day Self Drive adventure. There's over 350,000 square kilometres of mountain vistas, boreal forests, wild rivers and crystal blue lakes. Yukon's natural splendour is truly jaw-dropping.
Canada
Self-Drive
Wildlife
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

See the grizzly bears in Kluane National Park and the Dall sheep grazing on Sheep Mountain.

Cross the Artic Circle on the iconic Dempster Highway

Explore the historical sights of Dawson City at your leisure

Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve

Your discovery of the Yukon starts in Whitehorse. Explore the Main Street ambience, shopping, restaurants and nature on its doorstep. The Yukon has 10 times more moose, bears, wolves, caribou, goats and sheep than people. Enjoy the unique wildlife experience on your visit to Yukon Wildlife Preserve. A two hour drive along the historical Alaska Highway takes you to Haines Junction, a picture-postcard village and the gateway to exploring the the pristine Kluane National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's a dramatic landscape of broad, lush valleys and monumental mountain ranges, where wildlife is plentiful. On your way to Tok look out for the Dall sheep gracing alongside the mountain slopes.

Continue onto Dawson City, where the lure of gold drew thousands of men, and some women to this region. The Klondike Gold Rush turned Dawson City into a bustling commercial centre, the largeest city north of Seattle and west of Winnipeg. Travelling along the Dempster Highway through Tombstone Provincial Park you will then reach Eagle Plains, fringed by the Ogilvie and Richardson mountain ranges. Your journey continues as you cross the Arctic Circle before reaching Inuvik, where you will have the opportunity to explore this Arctic settlement at your leisure. Passing through Eagle Plains, Dawson City once again before you reach Mayo, a close-knit village on the Stewart River. On your drive back to Whitehorse stopover at the Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River. After your final night in Whitehorse your Self Drive adventure comes to an end.

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Included

3 nights in Whitehorse at Best Western Gold Rush Inn - 3*
2 nights in Haines Junction at The Raven Hotel - 3*
1 night in Tok at Fox 'n Fireweed Cabins - 3*
3 nights in Dawson City at Aurora Inn - 3*
2 nights in Inuvik at Nova Inn - 3*
1 night in Mayo at Bedrock Motel - 3*
15 Day Care Hire - SUV
3 breakfasts included
Admission to Yukon Wildlife Preserve
Admission to Yukon Wildlife Preserve

Itinerary

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Day 1
Whitehorse

Welcome to the “Land of the Midnight Sun”. Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory and at 22,000 people is the largest city in Canada’s North.

Overnight in Whitehorse at Best Western Gold Rush Inn in a Deluxe Room.

Whitehorse
Welcome to Whitehorse
Day 2
Whitehorse

Time to explore the region and take advantage of all that Whitehorse has to offer. Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve (included), a unique wildlife viewing property featuring 10 species of northern Canadian mammals in their natural environment. Encompassing over 700 acres with various natural habitats, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve offers unparalleled wildlife viewing and photo opportunities.

Overnight in Whitehorse at Best Western Gold Rush Inn in a Deluxe Room.

Whitehorse
Yukon Wildlife Preserve
Day 3
Whitehorse → Hains Junction

Depart Whitehorse today for an an easy two hour drive along the historic Alaska Highway to Haines Junction. This town is the only thing not huge in Kluane country with a population of 800 residents, which is fewer than the number of grizzly bears in Kluane National Park. The park is home to Canada’s highest peak and the world’s largest non-polar Icefields that lie behind the façade of mountains that provide the town’s spectacular backdrop. For a truly unforgettable experience, take an air tour over the park. From above some of the planet’s largest glaciers, you’ll get a true sense of the scale and magnificence created by nature.

Overnight in Hains Junction at The Raven Hotel in a Standard Room. 

Whitehorse → Hains Junction
Kluane National Park
Day 4
Hains Junction → Kluane National Park → Hains Junction

Leaving along the Haines Highway, the road climbs from the Chilkat River Valley to the windswept Chikat Pass. You skirt the boundaries of the Tatshenini-Alesk Provincial Park of British Columbia and Kluane National Park in the Yukon, part of the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness on earth, and a United Nations World Heritage Site.

Overnight in Hains Junction at The Raven Hotel in a Standard Room. 

Breakfast
Hains Junction → Kluane National Park → Hains Junction
Kluane National Park
Day 5
Haines Junction → Tok

This morning go on a short hiking trip before driving north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. Stopover at Sheep Mountain and look out for Dall sheep gracing alongside the mountain slopes. Your journey continues on the famous Alaska Highway through endless wilderness areas. Arrive in Tok, often referred to as the “Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska”. Welcome back to Alaska.

Overnight in Tok at Fox 'n Fireweed Cabins in a Cabin.
 

Breakfast
Haines Junction → Tok
Sheep on Mount Dall
Day 6
Tok → Dawson City

The Top of the World Highway (please note this is a partly gravel road) brings you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. When the highway reaches its highest elevation incredible views into farreaching countryside open up. Before you reach Dawson City, you’ll cross the Yukon River by the government-run ferry. With your arrival in Dawson City you might feel you just landed in a different century. Experience the old Klondike in its well-kept color and fame.

Overnight in Dawson City at Aurora Inn in a Standard Room.
 

Breakfast
Tok → Dawson City
Driving into Dawson City
Day 7
Dawson City

A full day to visit the various historical sights of Dawson City: SS Keno – the last steamer to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse, the Jack London Interpretive Center with the poets original cabin, the city museum with audiovisual presentations, Dredge #4 – build in 1912 on famous Bonanza Creek, the Grand Palace Theatre – home of the “ Gaslight Follies Show “ and Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Casino with legal gambling tables and “ CanCan” floor shows. Do not miss the short drive on the Ridge Road to the top of the Midnight Dome with excellent views over Dawson, the Ogilvie Mountains, and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.

Overnight in Dawson City at Aurora Inn in a Standard Room.

Dawson City
Colourful houses in Dawson City
Day 8
Dawson City → Eagle Plains

Today you will join the Dempster Highway and travel through the spectacular subarctic wilderness of Tombstone Provincial Park. Continue out onto the Eagle Plains, fringed by the Ogilvie and Richardson mountain ranges. Your accommodation tonight is the remote Eagle Plains Hotel, located just 35kms south of the Arctic Circle. (Please note: The Dempster Highway is unpaved).

Overnight in Eagle Plains at Eagle Plains Hotel in a Standard Room.
 

Dawson City → Eagle Plains
Dempster Highway
Day 9
Eagle Plains → Inuvik

Continue north today, crossing the Arctic Circle and passing through the Richardson Mountains as you leave the Yukon and enter the Northwest Territories. You may wish to take a short detour to Fort McPherson. You
will reach the end of the Dempster Highway upon arrival in Inuvik.

Overnight in Inuvik at Nova Inn in a One Queen Room.
 

Eagle Plains → Inuvik
Inuvik, colourful houses under the snow
Day 10
Inuvik

Day at leisure to explore this remote Arctic settlement and its surroundings. The Western Arctic Regional Visitors Centre in Inuvik is a great place to start. Day tours are available to Tuktoyaktuk or Herschel Island, or you
could take a sightseeing flight to view the Arctic Ocean from above (optional, additional cost).

Overnight in Inuvik at Nova Inn in a One Queen Room.
 

Inuvik
Exploring Tuktoyaktuk
Day 11
Inuvik → Eagle Plains

Today you drive the Dempster Highway south to Eagle Plains. Again you cross the Mackenzie and Peel Rivers by state ferries (free of charge).

Overnight in Eagle Plains at Eagle Plains Hotel in a Standard Room.
 

Inuvik → Eagle Plains
Dempster Highway
Day 12
Eagle Plains → Dawson City

Continue south on the Dempster Highway to Dawson City.

Overnight in Dawson City at Aurora Inn in a Standard Room.

Eagle Plains → Dawson City
Dawson City, Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race
Day 13
Dawson City → Mayo

Drive the Klondike Highway east towards Whitehorse accompanied by scenic mountain landscape. At the intersection with the Silver Trail Highway continue towards Mayo. The area around the Silver Trail Highway
was once the richest silver mining area of Canada.

Overnight in Mayo at Bedrock Motel in a Standard Room.
 

Dawson City → Mayo
Klondike Highway
Day 14
Mayo → Whitehorse

Going south, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stopover at the Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River. In late afternoon you will reach Yukon’s capital city, Whitehorse - a city with a unique combination of pioneer values and urban sophistication.

Overnight in Whitehorse at Best Western Gold Rush Inn in a Deluxe Room.
 

Mayo → Whitehorse
Whitehorse at Night
Day 15
Whitehorse

After check-out of your hotel your Yukon Self Drive adventure comes to an end.

Whitehorse
Wildlife in Whitehorse

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Local currency
Canadian Dollars
Independent Holiday Package

Start your holiday when and with who you want! Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

14 nights
from AUD3,768
per person, twin share
Canada
Whitehorse
Whitehorse
Self-Drive, Wildlife
Independent Holiday Packages
01 July 2021 - 31 August 2021

Hotel options

Bedrock Motel
Bedrock Motel

Mayo
Located in the scenic Silver Trail region of central Yukon, the Bedrock Motel is a spacious twelve room property situated in the community of Mayo, a 400 km drive north of Whitehorse. The newly renovated motel sits on a 5-acre parcel of land and includes RV facilities providing ten upgraded full service pads, dump station and 30 amp service. Grass tenting and camping is also available along with propane sales. The Bedrock offers year round service.

Best Western Gold Rush Inn
Best Western Gold Rush Inn

Whitehorse
This historic Whitehorse hotel offers excellent guest service and enjoys a central location close to attractions and shopping. The Best Western Gold Rush Inn is 100% non-smoking and features the Aveda approved Elements Hair Studio and Day Spa. Our guestrooms come complete with complimentary high-speed wireless internet, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. Try a local brew and live music in the famous Gold Pan Saloon rated one of the Best Bars Across Canada by the Globe and Mail. 

The Raven Hotel
The Raven Hotel

Haines Junction
When you a stay at The Raven Hotel in Haines Junction, you'll be near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Kluane National Park and Reserve and St. Elias Convention Centre. Amenities include: free Wi-Fi, Cable or satellite TV, restaurant, terrace/patio and parking.

Fox 'n Fireweed Cabins
Fox 'n Fireweed Cabins

Tok
All our cabins come with fresh linens and towels to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Each cabin is also furnished with a private bathroom, microwave, mini-fridge, coffee pot and BBQ. Please don't hesitate to ask us for anything else that might make your stay more enjoyable. 

Aurora Inn
Aurora Inn

Dawson City
Our establishment has proudly been part of the Dawson City community since 1998. We are located at the corner of 5th Avenue and Harper Street, which is within easy walking distance to many shops and attractions in Dawson City. The Aurora Inn has twenty comfortable non-smoking rooms in accompany with a leisure area and free wifi for our guests all set in a lovely and comfortable atmosphere. The Aurora Inn is a gem in the Yukon in the heart of gold country. The Aurora Inn family is always happy to provide guests with their extensive knowledge of Dawson City and its rich history. Their exceptional attention to fine details, cleanliness and warming hospitality are only some of the reasons why so many people call the Aurora Inn and the 5th Ave Bed & Breakfast their home away from home.

Eagle Plains Hotel
Eagle Plains Hotel

Eagle Plains
An Oasis in the Wilderness, only 35 km from the Arctic Circle, midway between Dawson City and Inuvik. Amenities include: licensed dining room, gift shop and traveller's needs, Millen Lounge and full camping facilities. 

Nova Inn
Nova Inn

Inuvik
Come enjoy the northern hospitality at the Nova Inn in Inuvik. Located 2 degrees north of the Arctic Circle, Inuvik is a place worth seeing. At our hotel, enjoy the welcoming hospitality and warm atmosphere. We provide a wide range of amenities as well as exceptional service and unbeatable low rates. Nova Inn is situated with convenient access to the business section, hospital, and anything else you may need during your stay. Enjoy your time at the Nova Inn where we try and provide you with the simple pleasures that will make your stay as memorable as possible.

Important notes

Why are flights not included?

Following customer feedback, we do not include flights in our holiday packages. Many prefer the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points or travel on specific airlines.  

However, we are able to assist, so please just notify us during the booking process or contact our team.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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