Opt for the Canadian Far North! During this two week holiday you will cruise over the (gravel) roads of this province like no other. You will stand in awe of the exceptional landscapes, meet the Inuit- a people who have lived near the Arctic Circle for centuries - feel the gold rush bubble up in your veins and discover the midnight sun. Yukon does not compare to anything; nothing that you have ever done or seen. Yukon is unique, brilliant and exceptional.
Day 1 - Whitehorse
Arrival in Whitehorse, a charming little town and capital of the Yukon Territory. After taking possession of your rental car (not included), you check in at your hotel. Why not drop by at the Tourist Information in town ?
Day 2 - Whitehorse > Watson Lake (440 km)
Today, your discovery of this Nordic country is about to get started. You head eastwards along the Alaska Highway and pass through small towns and villages which have carved unique communities out of a rugged wilderness. In Watson Lake, be sure to visit 'The Signpost Forest', an unusual collection of more than 10,000 panels donated by visitors from all over the world.
Day 3 - Watson Lake > Faro (425 km)
Campbell Highway leads past several rivers and lakes. Your final destination today is Faro, a small town set in the shadow of the mountains. Be sure to visit the Interpretation Center and learn about the history and geography of the area as well as the old lead and zinc mine, once the largest producer in the world.
Day 4 - Faro > Dawson City (530km)
Travelling further north you will reach the most iconic city of the Yukon, Dawson City. En route, moose, caribou or grizzly bears may cross your path.
Day 5 - Dawson City > Eagle Plains (531 km)
Today you travel to the heart of the province. Dempster Highway makes its way through the plains and in the background Mount Richardson offers a unique view, so distinctly typical of this region.>Today you travel to the heart of the province. Dempster Highway makes its way through the plains and in the background Mount Richardson offers a unique view, so distinctly typical of this region.
Day 6 & 7 - Eagle Plains > Inuvik (405 km)
You follow the Mackenzie River, Canada's longest watercourse. Further north you will arrive in the city of Inuvik near the Arctic Circle.The Inuit are Canada's original population. They have been living in harsh climatic conditions for millennia. On Day 7 you have the entire day to acquaint yourself with their folklore and crafts skills as well as their local cuisine.
Day 8 - Inuvik > Eagle Plains (365 km)
The rest of the loop back to Eagle Plains is also worth it. Take a hike to Fort McPherson and visit the historic church that dates back to the pioneers and traders of the Hudson's Bay Company.
Day 9 - Eagle Plains > Dawson City (408 km)
You return to Dawson City. Be sure to make a stop at Bonanza Creek, where the gold rush started. In Dredge no. 4 you will learn all the ins and outs about mining for precious metal. Fancy a spectacular view? Midnight Dome is the place to be.
Day 10 - Dawson City > Beaver Creek (435 km)
What better way to begin your day as with a short crossing of the Yukon River (included)? And if you expect excitement, that's what you 'll get. Today you travel the 'Top of the World' road! Taylor Highway takes you all the way to Alaska in the USA. The small crossroads town of Chicken provides the ideal midway stopover to experience a slice of local life. You loop back into Canada to the small town of Beaver Creek.
Day 11 - Beaver Creek > Haines Junction (290km)
Today shorter driving distance allows you to independently explore natural wonders such as the shores of Lake Kluane, the Kluane national Park or the snow-capped mountains and glaciers of St Elias , the many well-marked hiking trails and scenic viewpoints. In Haines Junction you may want to take some time to explore the First Nations Daku Cultural Centre, a highlight of this frontier town.
Day 12 & 13 - Haines Junction > Whitehorse (155km)
You return to Whitehorse. Time to stroll through this colourful city. Schedule a visit to the S.S. Klondike dating back to a rich historical past, to the transport museum or the MacBride Museum of Yukon History.
Tomorrow, day 13, is your last full day in this unusual Scandinavian region. A tip? Go on a day trip to Skagway Alaska or spend half a day spotting wildlife or enjoying a splash in the hot springs.
Day 14 - Whitehorse
Hotels & Meals
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- Please note: A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. All cross-border travellers with the USA must on top be in possession of an international passport and an ESTA. The digital passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the set date of your return flight. The electronic travel authorization must be purchased online by means of a personal credit card via the official link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ (14 USD on 20JAN2015). Your ESTA is valid for max. 2 years. Should your international passport expire within that period, so does your ESTA as it is linked to your passport number. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems.
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- In The East (Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa): - 6 h.
- Alberta (Banff, Jasper, Calgary): - 8 h.
- British Colombia (Vancouver, Victoria, Kamloops): - 9 h.
Winter time 2015: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on the night of Saturday, October 24th to Sunday, October 25th. Canada turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 1 November to Sunday, 2 November. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
Canadian Dollars (CAD); 10 CAD = 6.62€ / 1€ = 1.50 CAD (16/08/2018)
Methods of Payment
A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. Credit cards are very convenient and widely accepted and ATMs are readily available.
The climate is comparable to ours. In spring, days are nice and nights are fresh.
In summer temperatures can reach peaks, especially in the East. In the West, there is more chance of precipitation and it is cooler than in the East.
On the coast and around the lakes it is usually a lot cooler.
Average Temperatures (in °C):
- 13 nights accommodation in listed hotels or equivalent
- The ferry at the river crossing on day 9
What's not included?
Your intercontinental return flights and car rental, non-listed meals and beverages, tipping and personal expenses.
Good to Know
- During this selfdrive, you go to Alaska which is a US state. You must be in possession of a valid ePassport or ESTA (visa).
- If you book a triple or quadruple room at the Nice Hotel in Watson Lake, you will receive 2 separate rooms.
- Roads are not always paved, secondary roads and shoulders are gravel. You may want to choose a four-wheel drive rental car.