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Dawson City

  • Dawson City

    Dawson City, a National Historic Site, located on the banks of the Yukon River has maintained its charm reminiscent of the Klondike Gold Rush.

    • Famous Brightly Coloured Buildings

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    • Diamond Tooth Gerties Show Hall

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    • Gold Panning on Discovery Creek

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    • Mountie Patroling the SS Keno

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    • Dawson City Museum

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    • Danoja Zho Cultural Centre

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    The discovery of Klondike gold in 1897 led to one of the greatest gold rushes in history. By 1898, Dawson City was one of the biggest cities north of San Francisco and west of Winnipeg, with a population of 40,000. It was nicknamed 'the Paris of the North' and boasted bustling dance halls, theaters and hotels, along with the latest fashions from Paris.

    Today, Dawson City offers visitors all the character of the turn-of-the-century Gold Rush days. Hop aboard the Klondike Spirit Paddlewheeler for a relaxing sternwheeler ride on the Yukon River, or visit the Dawson City Museum to learn about the history of the Yukon and view restored Klondike Mines Railway locomotives and the largest collection of artifacts in the territory. If you enjoy golfing, you won’t want to miss the Dawson City Golf Course where you can golf under the midnight sun.

    If you want to try your hand at gold mining, visit Claim #6 on Bonanza Creek where the world’s greatest Gold Rush started or visit Claim 33 to see the progression to machine gold searching, clearly portrayed at Dredge No.4.

    Why not stroll along the Dawson City waterfront to take in the history and legends of the indigenous Tr’ondek Hwech’in people at the Danoja Zho Cultural Centre. We suggest taking an interpretive tour of this small quaint town and enjoying a night of entertainment at Diamond Tooth Gerties gambling hall- Its a real gem.

    Cruise the Yukon River on a paddle wheeler or if you are more of an outdoor active type try canoeing or kayaking on the Klondike. Immerse yourself in the history and scenery of the Ninth Avenue Trail. It is only 2.5 km and will take you about 45 minutes but will allow you to see the surroundings of Dawson City.

  • Silver Trail Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Whitehorse

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: May to August

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Fully inclusive 4 wheel drive car hire (conditions apply)
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Ferry crossing from Skagway to Haines
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Emerald Lake

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    • Panning For Gold

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    • Dawson City

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    • Dall Sheep, Kluane National Park

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    Whitehorse

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Whitehorse. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

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    Whitehorse

    Today you have time to explore Yukon’s capital, and the pretty region which surrounds it. Why not visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve? A unique place, it features ten species of northern Canadian mammal. You may also choose to head down to the Yukon River for a kayak or canoe ride.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    110Mi/176Km

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    Skagway

    Your journey begins with a drive along the South Klondike Highway, which connects the Yukon with Alaska. Also known as the Skagway to Carcross Road, the highway winds through the subalpine landscape of Tormented Valley to Tutshi Lake, Tagish Lake and the frequently photographed Emerald Lake. Dating back to 1897, Skagway was a lively gold mining town with a booming population of 20,000. Today it is just 800, but has maintained many of its original charms from the gold rush days. Hotel:

    Hotel: Westmark Inn

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    Haines

    Spend the morning in Skagway and explore the old town buildings before taking the afternoon ferry to Haines. Lasting around one hour, this journey offers a spectacularly scenic and relaxing ride along the Lynn Canal, a magnificent fjord. Located in the Valley of the Eagles, Haines is home to almost 4,000 American bald eagles who gather along the Chilkat River during autumn.

    Hotel: Hotel Halsingland

    147Mi/238Km

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    Haines Junction

    The Haines Highway winds from Haines over the Chilkat Pass, which is its highest summit. Pass Klukshu, a native summer fishing camp offering great photo opportunities. Haines Junction, a picturesque mountain village, with quaint restaurants and bakeries, is considered the gateway to Kluane National Park.

    Hotel: The Raven Hotel

    155Mi/250Km

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    Kluane National Park

    Today is a day of adventure. Take the Haines Highway, which climbs from the Chilkat River Valley and skirts the boundaries of Tatshenini-Alesk Provincial Park in British Columbia before arriving at Kluane National Park. Part of the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness on earth, it is home to a myriad of wildlife. It’s also where you find Canada's highest peak and the world's largest non-polar icefields.

    Hotel: The Raven Hotel

    290Mi/467Km

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    Tok

    This morning you drive north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. We suggest a stopover at Sheep Mountain to see the Dall sheep grazing on the slopes. Your journey continues along the famous Alaska Highway before arriving in Tok, which is often referred to as the Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska.

    Hotel: Cleft of the Rock Bed & Breakfast

    185Mi/297Km

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    Dawson City

    The Top of the World Highway takes you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. After crossing the Yukon River you arrive into Dawson City. The legendary Gold Rush of 1898 brought thousands of hopeful gold seekers to Dawson City. Now a National Historic Site, the city is reminiscent of a bygone era.

    Hotel: Aurora Inn

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    Dawson City

    We’ve allowed two full days to explore the historical sights of Dawson City. Depending on your interests you might like to visit Dredge No 4, a giant gold digging machine or SS Keno, the last steamer ship to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse. The Grand Palace Theatre is home to the Gaslight Follies Show and there's Diamond Tooth Gertie's Casino, featuring gambling tables and can-can shows.

    Hotel: Aurora Inn

    333Mi/532Km

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    Whitehorse

    Heading south, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stop at Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

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    Journey home

    This morning take the short ride back to Whitehorse Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2296 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Please note that due to the remote locations visited, some accommodation is below the standard that we would normally recommend. Additional car hire restrictions apply within the Yukon and Alaska, call for full details.

  • Gold Fields & Mine Tour

    Dawson City

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    • GoldBottom Mine Tour

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    • GoldBottom Tour

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    Learn about authentic gold mining operations on GoldBottom or Hunker Creek, in the heart of the Klondike. The Millar family and the GoldBottom crew have over 30 years gold mining experience to share. Hear their personal experiences and stories about life on the creeks and learn about historic and modern placer gold mining methods, from staking a claim to selling the gold. Round trip shuttle from Dawson City is included in this three hour tour.

    Prices

    From £45 per adult and £23 per child (7 to 15 years)

    Tombstone Territorial Park Day Tour

    Dawson City

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    • Hiking in Tombstone Territorial Park

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    • TombstoneTerritorial Park

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    • Dempster Highway

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    • Grizzly Bear

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    This is a scenic day trip, which takes you along the famous Dempster Highway. During the comfortable ride there are stops at some of the most breath-taking viewpoints. You'll take a one hour guided flat-terrain hike along the North Klondike River, spend some time at the Interpretation Centre and enjoy a hearty, healthy picnic lunch.

    Prices

    From £89 per adult and £48 per child (3-15 years)

    Tombstone Park Day Tours, Yukon

    Tombstone, Yukon

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    • Hiking in Tombstone National Park

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    • Fully guided tours

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    • Wildlife of Tombstone National Park

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    • Snowshoeing on the winter tour

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    Tombstone Park Summer Day Tour

    Ride the Dempster Highway as your guide discusses the history and importance in the Klondike. Visit the Interpretive Centre to sample herbal tea. Enjoy a hike within the park. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a hearty picnic lunch at the park campground. Take photos and keep an eye out for wildlife while taking in the views!

    Duration: 7.5 hours

    Tombstone Park Winter Day Tour - Operates February 1st to March 31st and September 1st to October 31st

    After a morning pick up at your hotel, you will be transported to the beautiful Dempster Highway to Tombstone Park. You will hike the North Klondike Trail, which is both scenic and easy to walk. For a truly Canadian experience, we recommend an optional snowshoeing along the North Klondike River. You will then head to the campground to warm up in the cook shack and enjoy sandwiches, snacks, and hot refreshments. After lunch, drive north through the park for more scenic viewing and interpretations. Once your back in town, you will either be dropped back of at your hotel or elsewhere downtown if you wish. Make sure to bring a camera and dress warm!

    Duration: 7.5 hours

    Tombstone Park Aerial Tour

    Enjoy the convenience of a hotel pick up and drop off to Dawson City Airport. Make sure to have a camera ready for the aerial views of the park, backcountry, and Ogilvie Mountain range. Upon your return to the airport, a driver will be waiting to take you back downtown.

    Duration: 1.5 hours

    Tombstone Park by Land and Air

    Ride up the Dempster Highway. Enjoy scenic viewing of the park. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a picnic lunch with light refreshments followed by a visit to the Interpretive Centre. Continue the day with a one hour guided hike. Finish the day with an aerial tour of Ogilvie Mountains and Tombstone Backcountry. Airport transfer included.

    Duration: 6 hours

    Prices

    Tombstone Park Summer Day Tour

    From £102 per person

    Tombstone Park Winter Day Tour

    From £189 per person

    Tombstone Park Aerial Tour

    From £174 per person

    Tombstone Park by Land and Air

    From £459 per person

    Multi-Day Adventures in Tombstone, Yukon

    Tombstone, Yukon

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    • Trekking Tombstone

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    • Heli Hike - Camping

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    • Tombstone Valley Landscape

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    • Wilderness Tourism Guided Tours

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    • All transportation included

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    Tombstone Park Heli Hike - Advanced difficulty

    Discover the wonder of Tombstone Territorial Park's backcountry - by helicopter! After a scenic heli tour into the Ogilvie Mountain Range, your group and experienced guide will be dropped off at Talus Lake for four full days of photography, hiking and exploring.

    Inclusions:

    • Transportation in and out of the park, by helicopter and van
    • All camping and park fees
    • All meals while camping
    • Wilderness Tourism certified guide
    • All hotel accommodation in Dawson City
    • Dinner and entertainment on the evening of day 5
    • Unlimited tour options in and around Dawson City on day 6
    • Use of camping gear - double tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, water filters, cookstoves, bear canisters, and bear spray.

    Duration: 6 nights/7 days

    Tombstone Park Trekking Adventure - Advanced/Expert difficulty

    Explore the rugged peaks and sweeping valleys of Tombstone Territorial Park on this unique trekking adventure! After an easy morning of sightseeing along the Dempster Highway, the real adventure begins - four full days of remote backcountry trekking. 

    Inclusions:

    • Transportation in and out of the park, by helicopter and van
    • All camping and park fees
    • All meals while camping
    • Wilderness Tourism certified guide
    • All hotel accommodation in Dawson City
    • Dinner and entertainment on the evening of day 5
    • Unlimited tour options in and around Dawson City on day 6
    • Use of camping gear - double tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, water filters, cookstoves, bear canisters, and bear spray.

    Duration: 6 nights/7 days

    Prices

    Tombstone Park Heli Hike

    From £2929 per person

    Tombstone Park Trekking Adventure

    From £1979 per person

    City & Goldfields Tours, Yukon

    Yukon

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    • Downtown Dawson City

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    • Midnight Dome, Dawson City

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    • Aerial view of Dawson City

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    City & Goldfields - Summer Tour

    This is the ideal tour for anyone who is looking to learn about the Klondike Goldrush and modern-day mining. Included is a visit to Claim 33 to try your hand at panning. Don't worry finding gold is guaranteed! A bus tour of Dawson highlights some of the most prominent historical buildings in town. Finally, stop by the impressive Dredge No.4 to see how gold was extracted at the turn of the century.

    Duration: 3 hours

    City & Goldfields - Winter Tour

    After a hotel pick up, you will take a tour of Dawson City, the Goldfield, and the Midnight Dome! The little town is full of colorful, crooked buildings and Canadian National Historic Sites. You will drive past century-old banks, government buildings, and even older brothels! After a tour of the town, you will visit Discovery Claim (where gold was first found in the Klondike) and impressive Dredge No.4. Finally, should weather permit, you will make your way up to the Midnight Dome, Dawsons highest point, to take in a view of the city and the surrounding scenery.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Prices

    City & Goldfields - Summer Tour

    From £47 per person

    City & Goldfields - Winter Tour

    From £76 per person

    Top of the Midnight Dome, Yukon

    Dawson City, Yukon

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    • Top of the Midnight Dome

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    • Guided small group tour

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    • Dome Road, Dawson City

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    Enjoy a drive to the top of the highest point in the city, as you learn about local history, culture, and folklore from your guide. Spend some time at the summit and make sure to bring your camera! From your location, you'll get spectacular 360-degree views of the goldfields, Klondike, Yukon rivers and Klondike Valley.

    Duration: 1.25 hours

    Prices

    From £23 per person

    Mini Aurora Borealis Packages, Dawson City

    Dawson City, Yukon

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    • Aurora Borealis Explorer Tour

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    • Aurora Borealis Prospector Tour

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    • Aurora Borealis Outdoor Adventure Tour

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    Aurora Borealis Prospector

    Experience the Northern Lights and historic Dawson City! Join the Klondike Experience for a one-of-a-kind package deal in Dawson City! This three-day, two-night all-inclusive Dawson City tour package includes the following:

    • 2 nights’ stay at the Aurora Inn in Dawson City
    • Breakfasts and dinners at The Aurora Restaurant
    • Two nights of Aurora Borealis viewing excursions
    • A City & Goldfields van tour
    • Admission to the Dawson City Museum
    • Dawson City historic walking tour

    Duration: 3 days/2 nights

    Aurora Borealis Explorer

    Experience the Northern Lights and historic Dawson City, plus enjoy a beautiful day-trip to Tombstone Territorial Park! Join the Klondike Experience for an amazing all-inclusive Yukon adventure! This three-day, two-night Dawson City holiday package includes the following:

    • 2 nights’ stay at The Aurora Inn in Dawson City
    • Breakfasts and dinners at The Aurora Restaurant
    • Two nights of Aurora Borealis viewing excursions
    • A guided day trip to Tombstone Park for scenic driving, optional snowshoeing, beautiful viewpoints, and a hearty lunch
    • Admission to the Dawson City Museum
    • Dawson City historic walking tour

    Duration: 3 days/2 nights

    Aurora Borealis Outdoor Adventure

    Experience the best of winter life in Dawson City – Dog Sledding, Aurora Borealis, and Tombstone Park! Join the Klondike Experience for an all-inclusive adventure of a lifetime in the Yukon! This four-day, three-night Aurora Borealis vacation package includes the following:

    • 3 nights’ stay at The Aurora Inn in Dawson City
    • Breakfasts and dinners at The Aurora Restaurant
    • A guided day trip to Tombstone park for scenic driving, optional snowshoeing, beautiful viewpoints, and a hearty lunch
    • Dog sledding on the frozen Yukon River (depending on the season)
    • 2 nights of Aurora Borealis viewing excursions
    • A City and Goldfields van tour
    • Admission to the Dawson City Museum
    • Dawson City historic walking tour

    Duration: 4 days/3 nights

    Prices

    Aurora Borealis Prospector

    From £705 per person

    Aurora Borealis Explorer

    From £869 per person

    Aurora Borealis Outdoor Adventure

    From £989 per person

    Winter Tours of Dawson City, Yukon

    Dawson City, Yukon

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    • Dog Sledding

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    • Meet the dogs and mushers

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    • Aurora Borealis Viewing

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    Dog Sledding

    Meet B-line’s friendly racing dogs and experience them in action! After picking you up from your hotel in Dawson City, you will take a bus trip up to B-line Kennels where you get to know their 32 racing dogs and learn about life on the trail and at the kennels. Then, you meet your hosts, Brian and Melissa, who show you the special gear and equipment and tell you about the dedication it takes to live out on the trails. After the kennel tour, harness up and hit the trails on a Yukon dog sled ride of your own! Bundle up! We’ll be outside and it will certainly be chilly.

    Duration: 2.5 hours

    Aurora Borealis Viewing

    You will be taken to an Aurora viewing area outside of Dawson City where you experience stunning photo opportunities, breathtaking views, and photo coaching! Enjoy some cultural and historical info on Dawson City and the Klondike throughout the night. Coffee, tea, and a snack are served around midnight. Please dress warm! You will be spending long periods of time outdoors, though you will also have a cozy campfire and a heated wall tent should you get chilly. See the Aurora Borealis like never before on this enchanting Yukon tour!

    Duration: 3 hours

     

    Prices

    Dog Sledding

    From £114 per person

    Aurora Borealis Viewing

    From £76 per person