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Tour Duration: 22 Days | Tour Price: CAD 3,905.00/person | Tour Season: June - September
Canada's Northwest: Yukon & British Columbia

Wild, rugged country, just as knew it would be in Canada and Alaska. During this 22 - day camping tour between Calgary and Whitehorse your will experience the impressive scenery of Canada's West and Northwest: Banff and Jasper National Parks in the spectacular Rocky Mountains, the endless tundra along the primitive Dempster Highway with the Tombstone Mountains, the most famous mountain road in North America, the Top of the World Highway to Alaska, then Kluane National Park with massive glacier fields, the coastal mountains with waterfalls and giant trees. Enjoy this wonderful scenery not only from the tourvehicle, but during hiking and camping. This includes insights into the history of the pioneers and prospectors only 130 years ago, the ancient traditions of the coastal Natives, and always the abundant wildlife in the vast nature reserves.

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL CALGARY
Arrival in Calgary, transfer to the hotel with the hotel shuttle bus. Meeting with the tourguide and briefing over dinner at the hotel. Hotelovernight in Calgary.
Pyto Lake Pyto Lake
Day 2: BANFF NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast at the hotel this morning drive to Banff NP. On the campground (showers) in the forests of Banff National Park you pitch your tent for the next two days. Now it is time for the first hike along the shores of Minnewanka Lake on one of the many mountain trails. Hiking time 2 – 3 hours.
Day 3: BANFF NATIONAL PARK
On a full day hike you explore passes above the tree line and alpine meadows. For example 7.5 km with 725 m gain (4.6 mi, 2414 ft) to a small lake and possibly 2 km further into the pass at 2470 m (8225 ft). This evening you sit be the camp fire or walk along the busy streets of Banff with its many stores and visitors from around the world. Hiking time 5 – 7 hours.
Day 4: YOHO NATIONAL PARK
You would not want to miss the picture postcard scenery surrounding Lake Louise. The guide suggests a short but steep path of 7.5 km with 600 m gain (2.5 mi, 1998 ft) to a viewpoint, or hike for another 2 km to the summit. Now a short drive into the mountain wilderness on the western flank of the Rockies. You set up camp under the pines of Yoho Park (showers) before you visit Takakkaw Falls, Spiral Tunnel and other attractions. Hiking time 3 – 5 hours.
Day 5: YOHO NATIONAL PARK
There is an opportunity for a great white water rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River. It involves a side trip to Golden in B.C., headquarters for many outdoor adventures. Of course hiking is always an alternative. Among the choice of trails the guide would like to show you is an 18 km (11 mi) circuit trough two flower decorated passes at 1830 m and 2180 m (6093 ft and 7250 ft) and spectacular views of Emerald Lake. Hiking time 6 hours.
Day 6: JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Frequent stops and short excursions along the Icefields Parkway on your way into the heart of the Rockies. Famous names like Peyto Lake and Bow Summit. At the Columbia Icefields huge glaciers spawn rivers, which eventually reach three different oceans. Saskatchewan Glacier is best viewed from far above after hiking 2.5 km to a windy ridge at 2260 m (7525 ft). Camp for the next two days is near the little holiday town of Jasper (showers). Hiking time 2 hours.
Day 7: JASPER NATIONAL PARK
So many possibilities, swimming and a picnic at Pyramid Lake, mountain biking, trail rides, canoeing and more. Or join the guide for a side trip to Maligne Lake and a 8 km (5 mile) loop hike with 460 m gain (1532 ft) into the hills above tree line at 2150 m (7160 ft) elevation and possibly all the way to a 2790 m (9290 ft) peak overlooking this beautiful lake. Hiking time 2 – 6 hours.
Day 8: CALGARY
Mighty Athabasca Falls count among the attractions of this park. Trails near the Columbia Icefields start at tree line and are especially rewarding thanks to their magnificent views of the glaciers and surrounding ranges. Your final hike is the 11 km (6.9 mi) loop with 335 m (1155 ft) gain through Wilcox Pass at 2375 m (7980 ft). After lunch is transfer back to Calgary. Hotelovernight Calgary.
Day 9: CALGARY – WHITEHORSE
Flight to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Hotelovernight Whitehorse
Day 10: Whitehorse – Dempster Highway
Via Carmacks we travel with our van on the Klondike Highway and will set up camp near the world famous Dempster Highway. 730 KM of gravel road linking the interior of the Yukon Territory with Inuvik located at the delta of the huge Mackenzie River in the Northwest Territories. We camp at a delightful campground at the base of Tombstone Mountains.
Day 11: Tombstone Mountains
We do some spectacular hiking in this remarkable landscape of tundra and mountains. The Tombstone Mountains` unique moon landscape has proved early travellers in this region with an unmistakable landmark. We spend the evening around the campfire.
Day 12: Dempster Highway – Dawson City
We leave this remarkable area and travel towards famous Dawson City, the historic gold rush town and home of many legends. After a shower we visit Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall with poker game and Cancan-Dance-Girls.
Day 13: Dawson City
We discover Dawson City. A visit to the Jack London and Robert Service cabins and the museum are on the program. A highlight is the drive into the Bonanza and Eldorado Creeks where we visit an active gold mine.
Day 14: Dempster – Top of the World Highway
We are leaving the fields of the Klondike today by crossing the Yukon River by ferry. We travel via the Top of the World Highway towards Alaska, right through Sub-arctic Mountain tundra, above timberline. Today we pass the most northern US-boarder at Little Gold Creek and small historic towns like Chicken, Action Jackson or Jack Wade.
Day 15: Kluane, Sheep Mountain
Via Alaska Highway we cross the Alaska Border in Beaver Creek. We drive besides the shores of scenic Kluane Lake. Mount Wallace, better known as Sheep Mountain is one of our stops. Here, you will be able to spot the rare white dall sheep, and you have the possibility of joining a helicopter glacier flight.
Day 16-17: Haines Junction (Kluane NP)
Haines Junction, the gateway to Kluane National Park. We are setting up our base camp and explore the immense scenery of the Park during the next days. A hiking trip into one of the park's high alpine valleys may give us the chance to spot wildlife such as dall sheep, moose, caribou and grizzly bear. Depending on the level of interest among the passengers we can also organise a spectacular flight by bush plane over the immense glaciers of the park (optional). This adventure, over a virtually pristine wilderness, is especially spectacular during a clear day. With Haines Junction as a base one has a variety of options. This area is simply an adventure wonderland.
Day 18: Kluane NP – Tatshenshini River
White water rafting on the Tatshenshini River, a tumultuous rafting tour down this world famous river. Another highlight of the tour! Overnight at Million Dollar Falls Campground.
Day 19: Million Dollar Falls – Haines, Alaska
Drive south via the Haines Road to Haines, Alaska. We are crossing Chilkat Pass in a pristine landscape and are following the Chilkat River where during fall salmon migration thousands of majestic bald eagles concentrate. We spend the rest of the day in front of the snow-covered Chilkat Mountain Range. Haines is known as an important centre of the native Tlingit culture and one can watch Totem pole carvers at work as well as visit the local theatre where ceremonial Indian dances are shown.
Day 20: Haines - Skagway
Via ferry we travel through the Lynn Fjord and with some luck we can see seals, whales, bald eagles and the giant Alaska brown bears, making this area their home. Skagway, a hundred years ago the base camp for all Chilkoot Pass travellers is still a historic gold rush town. Many well preserved relics bear witness to its colourful past, including the head of the notorious Chilkoot Trail. In the evening one can relax and get a taste of the gold rush atmosphere in one of the historic bars, for example the „Red Onion Saloon“ once a brothel.
Day 21: Skagway - Whitehorse
Sightseeing of Skagway in the morning. Optional ride with the famous Whitepass-Railroad. On our way back to Whitehorse we will stop at the smallest desert in the world - the Carcross desert - and we will of course also admire Emerald Lake, called „Rainbow Lake” from the locals due to its sensational coloration. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 22: Departure Whitehorse
Transfer to airport or connecting program.

(As the trip is done in expedition fashion changes in travel itinerary are a possibility and are left up to the discretion of the guide.)



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Details

Tour Duration

22 Days

Tour Price

Double Room/Tent: CAD 3,905.00
Single Room/Tent: +CAD 450.00
All Rates per person (+ GST)

Group Size

6 - 12 participants per tour



Demands

A background in camping is an asset but not necessary.
Moderate hikes with light day pack, courses and activities are suitable for beginners and include necessary equipment and safety gear.

Included

  • 22 days trip from Calgary to Whitehorse
  • Airport Shuttle in Calgary and Whitehorse
  • Expert guidance on the entire trip
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Calgary
  • Dinner and breakfast during first hotelovernight in Calgary
  • All meals while camping
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Whitehorse
  • 2 person tents (17 nights)
  • Campgroundfees
  • Camping equipment (except mattress and sleeping bag)
  • Scheduled flight from Calgary to Whitehorse
  • Overland transportation
  • Rafting day trip (Tatshenshini River)
  • Ferry Haines to Skagway
  • Historic tour in Dawson City including goldpanning
  • Entrance fee Diamond Tooth Gerties
  • Entrance fee museum in Dawson City
  • Entrance fees for national parks


Not included

  • Personal equipment/extras
  • Meals in hotels (days 8, 9, 21)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Mattress, sleeping bag
  • Gratuity


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