This selfdrive takes you to the breathtaking High North, along the seemingly infinite landscapes of Alaska and the untamed beauty of the magnificent Canadian Yukon mountain range. Here more than anywhere else, you become aware of the intensive, enduring interplay and the ultimate connection between man and nature. You will experience the ancient culture of the Inuit people and the phenomenon of the midnight sun. So don't dose the north. Head towards Yukon & Alaska and discover this historic gold rush area.You too will do well by it.
Day 1 - Anchorage
Arrival at Anchorage airport. The hospitality of the Extreme North can be felt as soon as you are welcomed at your hotel. Your Jonview Canada roadbook is ready for pick up at the hotel reception. Day at leisure for a first reconnaissance at your own pace.
Day 2 - Anchorage
Explore this modern city and its surroundings at a leisurely pace. Chugach National Forest is a popular place among wildlife photographers, hikers and fishermen. The Kenai Fjords National Park, a 3-hour drive from Anchorage, is the perfect spot for a lovely 3-hour hike to the Matanuska Glacier, the largest glacier accessible by road from Alaska. Along the way you can spot sea birds, mammals and many other animals.
Day 3 - Anchorage > Tok (520 km)
Via the Glenn Highway you reach Tok, located at the foot of the Chugach Mountains. With some luck eagles may skim over your head, you spot black bears roaming the slopes and see Dall sheep climb the steep rocks. Rural villages such as Glennallen, Gakona and Chistochina will brighten up your drive as well as the Wrangell-St Elias National Park, home to 16 of the highest peaks of the USA!
Day 4 - Tok > Dawson City (300 km)
Today an exciting drive awaits along the 'Top-of-the-World' highway. This scenic route leads your past pristine wild areas to the highest border crossing between Canada and the United States, Little Gold Camp. As soon as 1899 Dawson City was one of the most vibrant villages in North America and it still is a thrilling place to visit today. The atmosphere of bygone gold rush days lives on here, in abundance.
Day 5 - Dawson City
Dawson center offers a variety of original and elegant, restored historic buildings. Who wants to get in touch with the spirit of days-gone-by, may wish to pop in at a few extraordinary dwellings. But don't stray because the 'haunted' gold fields are also worth your while. Care to try your luck at panning for gold yourself in this very authentic framework?
Day 6 - Dawson City > Whitehorse (535 km)
En-route to Whitehorse the Klondike Highway offers you a wonderful set of views of the mighty Yukon River. You will drive past the traditional hunting grounds of the Kaska Indians, where countless bears, wolves, lynx and moose roam. It is a good idea to occasionally halt and learn about the origins of the gold rush and the frantic lifestyle of the gold miners. Bonanza Creek comes recommended.
Day 7 - Whitehorse
Today there is a special (included) excursion on the programme. You embark on a full day scenic trip along the South Klondike highway towards Fraser. Then board the famous White Pass & Yukon Railway to discover areas that bear witness to a distant past as Glacier Gorge, Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Veil Falls. Before you arrive at Skagway you cross the White Pass Summit, offering 880 m high exceptional views. Return to Whitehorse by bus. For an evening of unbridled entertainment reminescent of the 'good old gold (rush) the Frantic turn-of-the-century revue is an absolute must.
Day 8 - Whitehorse > Haines Junction (154 km)
Your Extremely Northern adventure starts with the exploration of some small villages in the Haines Junction territory bordering the Kluane National Park. After check-in at your hotel you board a helicopter for a one hour scenic flight over the national park, its mountain ranges and ice fields ... awesome! Do not forget to bring your camera!
Day 9 - Haines Junction > Beaver Creek (291 km)
Not far from the U.S. border to the west lies the city of Beaver Creek. Thanks to the abundance of hiking trails you can explore the region to your heart's content.
Day 10 - Beaver Creek > Fairbanks (500km)
Today you cross the border and reach Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city. You follow the Alaska Highway and drive through small towns such as Tok, Delta Junction and Eielson which have all played major parts in the history of this region. Fairbanks itself is located at less than 200 km from the Arctic Circle.
Day 11 - Fairbanks > Denali National Park (265 km)
Via the George Parks Highway across Tanana River you will reach Denali National Park. The majestic mountains, wide valleys, wild streams and meandering rivers of this stunning wilderness park invite you to hike, fish or ride a canoe. Further south, Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak rises 6193 m above sea level.
Day 12 - Denali National Park
You set out on a day trip aboard a specially designed bus to discover the lush flora, fauna and cultural background of the Denali National Park. With some luck you may spot moose, caribou, grizzly bears and dall sheep from the bus or explore one of the many trails in the area by foot.
Day 13 - Denali National Park > Anchorage
Today you get a clear picture of the diversity of landscapes in Alaska as the rugged and eroded mountains of the past few days give way to the lushness of the Matanuska River Valley. You travel through forests of spruce, birch and aspen. This is the richest agricultural region of Alaska where 20-hour of sunlight during summer days allow for the production of giant vegetables. Your trip comes full circle as you reach Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska and your starting point tonight.
Day 14 - Anchorage
Hotels & Meals
- All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid for at least 1 day after their return home. All travellers to Canada must purchase an eTA or electronic Travel Authorisation online via the official website cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp prior to entering canadian territory via its airports. Price: 7 CAD or +/- 5 Euros. Your eTA is valid for 5 years and linked to your passport number. This implies that as soon as your passport expires, so does your eTA.
- To save time at Customs and Immigration in Canada, you can downmload the CanBorder eDeclaration app before your arrival. You will then receive a QR-code that remains valid for 24 hours. Thanks to the scanning of the QR code, you do not have to re-enter your data on the screen at the Customs counters. You can download via the Apple Store app or Google Play app.
- 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.
- Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.
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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 hotel nights
- Full day excursion by train on th eWhite Pass & Yukon line ( day 7)
- 1 h helicopter flight over Kluane National Park (day 8)
- Your customized roadbook with day-to-day programme
What's not included?
Your intercontinental return flights and car rental, non-listed meals and beverages, tipping, personal expenses and the acquisition of your ESTA.
Good to Know
Your accommodation during this selfdrive is based on a 'room only' stay, unless mentionned otherwise. The Canadian eTa travel authorisation is only required if you enter Canada via one of its airports. This is not the case during this selfdrive.
Keep in mind driving conditions in the Yukon area are demanding. In many cases the side of the road is a soft shoulder.