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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.
|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.|