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Yukon Beckons the Adventurous Spirit

The song of the Open Road is a symphony in the Yukon because there is just so much to see.
Our roads cut through the great northern forest, follow lakes and rivers, cross alpine passes, track mountain crests and meander through tundra.
Along the way you can skirt Canada’s tallest mountain, cross the Arctic Circle, spot a range of wildlife, visit a variety of communities and experience “a stillness that fills you with peace.”

Fact File:

• Whitehorse is the gateway to Yukon adventures.
• Whitehorse is just 2.5 hours from Vancouver, British Columbia by regular jet service.
• You can also fly from Edmonton or Calgary to Whitehorse.
• Yukon is right next door to Alaska, so you can easily visit both places on one trip.


 Low °C 05
 High °C 1318

Average Daylight Hours

Hours 161819

Key Distances

 Vancouver to Whitehorse 2,375 km
 Whitehorse to Dawson City 533 km
 Whitehorse to Haines Junction 160 km
 Whitehorse to Skagway, Alaska 174 km
 Whitehorse to Fairbanks, Alaska 965 km

Map of North America - Yukon

It’s hassle-free

Yukon, the territory anchoring the northwest corner of Canada, right beside Alaska, is about the size of France with a population of just 33,000. With 4,850 kms of road heading in all directions across our diverse environment, traffic jams aren’t much of a problem.
Drive anywhere in the Yukon and you’ll find a whole new experience, unlike any you have had before. Some of our open roads are truly special, and we have highlighted
three of them here.

The Golden Circle

This 600 kilometre circle from Whitehorse through the historic port of Skagway, Alaska, a ferry ride to scenic Haines, Alaska, and over the spectacular mountain pass
to Haines Junction, Yukon and return to Whitehorse is all about diversity. Scenic railway journeys harkening back to the days of the Klondike Gold Rush are available
from Skagway including the 3-hour White Pass Summit Excursion.
Along the way, there are forests, lakes, rivers and creeks…and that’s before you get to the wonderfully serrated Coastal Mountains which, like the road, descends
to the Pacific. Once there you take a one-hour ferry ride and then follow the wild Chilkat River before the highway climbs above treeline to follow a fascinating alpine
expanse, overlooking the snowcapped Alsek Mountains.
There aren’t many highways that will take you through so much geographic diversity in so little time. But the Golden Circle does it. You feel like you’re actually
riding through an experience. Even the locals never get tired of it.


For more information
City of Whitehorse
Alaska Marine Highway ferry system schedule
White Pass & Yukon Route railway trips

The Dempster Highway

For anyone with a car, a truck or a motorhome, the Dempster really is the ‘trip of a lifetime.’ Why? Because there is no road like it. The Dempster is the only public road in North America that crosses the Arctic Circle.
It starts at the Klondike Highway just south of Dawson City and it ends 734.5 kilometres later in Inuvik, NWT on the Mackenzie Delta, which flows into the Arctic Ocean. But it’s what happens between Dawson and Inuvik that gives the road its reputation.
The Dempster is a wilderness highway — not a highway that runs through the wilderness. No, the Dempster itself is part of the
wilderness. With few exceptions, there isn’t a building as far as the eye can see and you have that ‘wilderness’ feeling every inch of the way.
You start off low in birch forests but soon open into expansive valleys backed by the spectacular Tombstone Mountains. As you climb into the Ogilvie Mountains, the views become phenomenal.
Later, when you reach the Richardson Mountains, you get your first view of the tundra that covers the northern swath of North America. Along the way you will take two river ferries over the picturesque Peel and the mighty Mackenzie. Then it’s a drive
through beautiful wildflowers to Inuvik where the sun never sets In the summer. There is no road like it.

For more information
Dempster Highway travelogue
Tombstone Park

Klondike/Kluane Loop

The lust for gold sent the word ‘Klondike’ around the world in 1898 and the Klondike still lures people today. And why not?
It’s a fantastic place to visit. This wonderful 1435 kilometre drive combines three highways: the Klondike, the Top of the World, and the Alaska.
The North Klondike connects Whitehorse to Dawson City, in the heart of the Klondike. The highway winds through the bountiful boreal forest and crosses the Yukon, the Pelly and the Stewart rivers. You won’t speed through this route, you’ll linger, at the vistas, historic sites, campgrounds and
anywhere the spirit moves you.
You will kick up your heels when you get to Dawson, it’s that kind of town. For many, Dawson City and the Klondike were the end of an incredible journey during the time of the Klondike Gold Rush. There is so much to experience today that you will need at least an overnight, preferably more.
A ferry ride takes you to the Top of the World Highway aptly named from the impression you get as you wind along the mountain spine with mountain top vistas to the left or right.
It’s exhilarating. You feel on top of it all. You will shrink back to size as you drive the Alaska Highway along the perimeter of Kluane National Park. Kluane, the crown jewel of our national parks is home to Mount Logan, Canada’s tallest mountain and the largest non-polar icefields in the world. You can peek into it in places but to really see
it…fly it, hike it, raft it…then you will really believe it.
Yukon’s Kluane National Park and Reserve, along with Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias and Glacier Bay National Park and British Columbia’s Tatshenshini Alsek Park, form the largest international protected area in the world. These parklands are recognized and protected by the UNESCO World Heritage Convention as outstanding wilderness of global significance.

For more information
Parks Canada (Dawson City Historical Complx National
Historic Site of Canada)
Parks Canada (kluane National Park)
Klondike Visitors Association, Dawson City

Travel Facts and Information


Travel Seasons

Mid-May to mid-September (Note: generally speaking, fall
begins late August in North Yukon through Mid-September in
South Yukon).

Yukon Parks

Yukon Road Reports

Transportation Services (motorcoach, van)

Airport Transportation: Airport Shuttle Service to downtown Whitehorse hotels, taxi service
Yukon-Alaska Tourist Tours:
Gray Line Yukon:
Tom’s Touring Service
Ruby Range Adventure

Transportation (vehicle rentals)

Cruise Canada
Klondike Sun & Snow

Transportation (air)

Air Canada
Air North
First Air

Border Crossing Information

Canada Border Service Agency
US Visa Waiver Program

Travel Guides

Downloadable Yukon Maps

Tourism Yukon official website

[courtesy of Tourism & Culture Yukon]

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