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Canada Explore The Yukon Territory And The Arctic Sea

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Don’t dream. Just DO IT! This Independent or Small Group Escorted journey for the adventurous traveller, is possible year round. In summer and autumn, drive on the famous Dempster Highway through northern wilderness to the Arctic Sea. In spring, and winter, see the Northern Lights, spend time in an igloo, drive on an ice road and stand on the shores of the frozen Arctic Ocean.  Starting ...

Don’t dream. Just DO IT! This Independent or Small Group Escorted journey for the adventurous traveller, is possible year round. In summer and autumn, drive on the famous Dempster Highway through northern wilderness to the Arctic Sea. In spring, and winter, see the Northern Lights, spend time in an igloo, drive on an ice road and stand on the shores of the frozen Arctic Ocean. 

 Starting in Whitehorse, in Canada’s Yukon Territory, this tour includes landscapes, activities and destinations that most travellers only dream about. 

​There are activities to keep all ages occupied as you experience the True North.

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrive in Whitehorse, main city in Canada’s Yukon Territory

Whitehorse, on the banks of the famous Yukon River, is surrounded by forest clad mountains and lakes. In 2011, the World Health Organization ranked Whitehorse #1 for cleanest air in the world. Whitehorse got its name when gold seekers thought Miles Canyon’s wild rapids resembled the manes of charging white horses. Late night Northern Lights viewing excursion. 

Northern Light viewing : from mid August to late March, the Northern Lights have captivated viewers since the beginning of time. One of the most sought-after Northern experiences, a n Arctic visit is only complete once you have seen the Aurora Borealis cascading across the Yukon night sky. You will join our Aurora viewing tour to the custom built viewing location far from city lights, for this lifetime experience. 

Free arrival transfer provided by hotel.

Night at Coast High Country Inn (Whitehorse)

Day 2: Highlights of Whitehorse sightseeing tour

Visit the Visitor Centre for an overview and then SS Klondike- a paddle wheeler and the Old Log Church, both restored from the Gold Rush days. See the world’s longest wooden fish ladder and a Log skyscraper. Finally, have a guided tour through the MacBride Museum. Explore Whitehorse on your own this afternoon. 

Whitehorse Sightseeing Tour : From mid August onwards, we visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve where you’ll see and photograph wildlife in its natural habitat. Dalls sheep, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, wapiti (elk), woodland caribou, wood bison, musk-ox, moose and even lynx can all seen, usually up close! Then travel to the nearby Takhini Hotsprings that provides a warm sanctuary amid the cold weather. Whitehorse city tour is self guided.

Night at Coast High Country Inn (Whitehorse)

Day 3: Drive to Skagway, Alaska, via Klondike White Pass route

Travel along the spectacular South Klondike Highway to the pocket desert of Carcross and the new Indigenous Cultural Centre. Drive alongside the famous White Pass Railway over the White Pass Summit to Skagway, Alaska. Explore historic Skagway, gateway for fortune seekers on their way to the famed Klondike gold fields. Return to Whitehorse. 

Carcross : Carcross was originally called “Caribou Crossing” because of the large number of woodland caribou that migrated through the region. The Pocket Desert’s sandy dunes were once the bottom of a glacial lake. Built in 1898, the White Pass & Yukon Route is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and a distinction it shares with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. 

Explore Skagway, Alaska : Skagway is located at the northernmost reaches of the Inside Passage with streets lined with wooden boardwalks and restored buildings, looking much as they did 100 years ago. Skagway’s history and spectacular natural setting create unparalleled sightseeing and recreation opportunities. 

White Pass Route : Between May 1898 and July 1900, some 35,000 workers had a hand, big and small, in connecting Skagway and Whitehorse by rail, and 35 died in the process. (The useable tracks now end at Carcross.) Imagine workers hanging from rock faces by ropes, and the 450 tons of explosives it took to blast the line.

Carcross White Pass Skagway Whitehorse
Night at Coast High Country Inn (Whitehorse)

Day 4: Fly to Dawson City in the heart of the Yukon Territory

Experience Air North on your flight to Dawson City, a vibrant northern community on the banks of the Yukon River. Transfer to Dawson City for a brief drive tour. Dawson City boasts a mixture of First Nations Heritage and Gold Rush history blended with an active gold mining and a thriving arts scene.

Dawson City tour : You cannot find a place in the Yukon that has as much to do in such a small area as this perfect little town. Dawson City has everything you expect to do in a northern town and more.

Whitehorse Dawson City
Night at Westmark Inn Dawson City (Dawson City)

Day 5: Fly north to Inuvik, Gateway to the Arctic

Board your morning flight to Inuvik.  Upon arrival, you will be driven to Inuvik and check into your hotel before the town tour. The tour of Inuvik showcases the history and culture of this northern community. This also includes a tour within the world famous Igloo Church. 

Taste of the Arctic : Experience a ‘Taste of the Arctic’ cultural dinner with a visit to the largest most northern greenhouse in the world. Learn about the history of the greenhouse, the impact of 24 hour day light on the plants, and the impact it has on this northern community! Following you will have the opportunity to sample the food that is harvested from the land, and to learn about the Inuvialuit history, their way of life and the rich culture held by the Inuvialuit. There will be cultural experience, traditional dances, traditional craft workshops, and friendly banter. 

Flight from Dawson City to Inuvik.

Dawson City Inuvik Northwest Territories
Night at Mackenzie Hotel (Inuvik)

Day 6: Drive on the famed Dempster Highway

A guided drive down the Dempster Highway from Inuvik past breathtaking views of the Richardson Mountains, rolling hills of tundra and small lakes. Due to the open nature of the Arctic tundra, this tour is the best chance to see local wildlife such as eagles, wolves, moose, caribou and grizzly bears. 

Dempster Highway Drive : An hour drive takes you to breathtaking landscape. You will pass the beautiful and quaint community of T’siigehtchic. Heading back to Inuvik, there may be a chance to stretch your legs with an optional short scenic hike. 

Drive by car from Inuvik along the Dempster Highway.

Inuvik Tsiigehtchic
Night at Mackenzie Hotel (Inuvik)

Day 7: Drive to Tuktoyaktuk and the edge of the Arctic Sea

Drive the brand new Mackenzie Valley highway to Tuktoyaktuk on the Beaufort Sea and stand on the edge of the Arctic Ocean. At the edge of the Arctic Ocean you will learn about the culture and history of this far northern community from your local guide. Afternoon drive back down the new Mackenzie Valley Highway to Inuvik. 

Drive to Tuktoyaktuk : You will learn the ways of life of the people as your local Inuit guide shares stories and points out landmarks. Visit a pingo, also a national landmark where your guide will explain how these amazing natural formations are formed. Then out to the Arctic Ocean to dip your toes and to experience the vastness of the Beaufort Sea and learn how the local people survive in this northern environment. 

Guided car tour to the Arctic Sea.

Tuktoyaktuk Arctic Ocean
Night at Mackenzie Hotel (Inuvik)

Day 8: From Inuvik to Whitehorse and home

Your exploration of the far north ends with a return transfer to Inuvik airport and the flight south to Whitehorse (to connect with onward flight home). We strongly recommend travelling to and extending your stay in Vancouver to explore British Columbia.

Inuvik Whitehorse

Whitehorse Carcross White Pass Skagway Dawson City Inuvik Northwest Territories Tsiigehtchic Tuktoyaktuk Arctic Ocean

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £2,760 / 8 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax
Price per person based in double room £2,770

Included in price:

  • Accommodation in twin/double room in mentioned hotels (or similar)
  • The excursions planned in the program
  • Visits to highlights as indicated specifically in itinerary (winter activities may differ from summer activities)
  • 24-hour agency support
  • Domestic return flights from Whitehorse

Not included in price:

  • Applicable taxes (usually 5% HST)
  • International flights
  • Meals and activities not mentioned in the program
  • Beverages
  • Options and extensions
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Visa fees

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