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Dawson City

In August of 1896, three men found gold and triggered a stampede of thousands hoping to find their fortune in the wild North. It became a bustling commercial centre, and for a time it was the largest city north of Seattle and west of Winnipeg. An official National Historic Site, Dawson City still evokes the heartbeat of the greatest gold rush in history, with its boardwalks and vintage false-front buildings. What was once the capital of Yukon is now the second-largest community with a population of 2,000.

12 Day Alaska and the Yukon: Explorer

Duration: 12 Days (11 Nights)
From $4835

You will explore breathtaking coastlines, abundant wildlife, stunning scenery and experience the goldrush history and cultural attractions. Travel past Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America.

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15 Day Cabin Explorer

Duration: 15 Days (14 Nights)
From $2695

For this unique self-drive we have found some of the most picturesque cabin accommodations available. They have been selected for their scenic location and proximity to major attractions. The majority have either full cooking facilities or kitchenettes so you have the option to prepare your own meals.

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15 Day Classic Yukon & Alaska

Duration: 15 Days (14 Nights)
From $2715

Enjoy the impressive panoramic sights offered by the Top of the World Highway on your way to view wildlife in the shadows of Mount McKinley. Gaze upon whales and sea lions in Kenai Fjords National Park, see cascading tidewater glaciers and visit the mining boomtowns of Dawson City and McCarthy.

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20 Day Alaska and the Yukon: Land & Sea

Duration: 20 Days (19 Nights)
From $7390

This tour provides a combination of the Alaska and Yukon Full Circle Tour with a cruise down the Inside Passage with Holland America Line. Enjoy the services of a knowledgeable driver-guide as you travel by land from Calgary to Anchorage and then relax and rejuvenate on your cruise to Vancouver.

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21 Day Alaska and the Yukon: Full Circle

Duration: 21 Days (20 Nights)
From $7230

This comprehensive tour travels with a professional driver-guide and small group through Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon before arriving in Alaska. Each day will offer a change of scenery and experience. See stunning lakes, mighty rivers, abundant wildlife and immerse yourself in the history and local culture of each region.

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8 Day Inuit Lands and the Road to the Arctic

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights)
From $6985

On this tour you will be introduced to two of Canada’s northernmost territories, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Drive on the iconic Dempster Highway, stop at the Arctic Circle Monument, visit the Inuit community of Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Coast and a traditional Inuit whaling base in the Mackenzie River delta. See the geological wonders of pingos and spend time with Inuit families. Along the way experience many cultural displays and make memories that will stay with you forever.

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7 Day A True Arctic Adventure

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights)
From $4499

Experience Northern Canada on 7 day tour to Yukon and the Northern Territories. Learn about culture in Inuvik, experience the vibrant Dawson City, and marvel at the Arctic Ocean in Tuktoyaktuk among many other once in a lifetime experiences.

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Once called “The Paris of the North”, Dawson City is now an eclectic and vibrant northern community on the banks of the Yukon River, with a mixture of First Nations Heritage, Gold Rush History and an active Gold Mining and Tourism Industry as well as a thriving Arts scene.

Top 10 Things to See and Do:

  1. Follow a Parks Canada walking tour and visit their sites
  2. Visit the impressive Dredge No. 4
  3. Pan for gold and keep anything you find
  4. Hike in Tombstone Territorial Park, on the Dempster Highway
  5. Cruise the Yukon River on a paddle wheeler
  6. Get lucky at the Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall
  7. Visit the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre
  8. Drive up the “Midnight Dome” end enjoy the panorama
  9. Swing your clubs beneath the light of the midnight sun
  10. Try (or watch people try) the Sourtoe Cocktail

Travel Tips:

Upon arrival, stop by the Visitor Information Centre to plan your stay in this incredible town, and book your visits with Parks Canada. If you plan on driving the Dempster Highway, make sure that your rental company allows it and plan for minimal services along the road.

Weather/ Climate:

Season: Temperature Range (Celsius) Seasonal Comments
Summer From mid-May to early September, the average high is 13°C to 23⁰C, and the average low is 0°C to 9⁰C.

The longest day is June 20 with 21 hours of daylight.

The weather in summer is generally warm with cooler temperatures overnight. The highest temperature recorded is 34⁰C. With very long daylight hours, it can feel quite hot in summer.
Fall From mid-September to November, the average high is 13°C to -12⁰C, and the average low is 1°C to -18⁰C. Northern lights can be seen from mid-August to mid-April. This is a good season to view them in “warmer” temperature.
Winter From November to April, the average high is -14°C to -24⁰C, and the average low is -20°C to -30⁰C.

The shortest day is December 21 with 4 hours of daylight.

The climate in winter is generally dry. The temperature can sometimes drop quickly, reaching -40⁰C.
Spring From April to mid-May, the average high is -2°C to 12⁰C, and the average low is -12°C to 0⁰C. Northern lights can be seen from mid-August to mid-April. This is a good season to view them in “warmer” temperature.
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