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Yukon Quest Dog sledding | Follow the toughest race

Activity:Dog Sledding Activity:Wildlife Viewing Activity:Sightseeing Activity:Camping Tour Duration: 8 days  |  Tour Price: CAD 3,185.00/person Convert Currency  |  Tour Season: Feb 3 - Feb 10

Travel to the Yukon this winter for an unforgettable Northern adventure! Experience the North’s most exciting time of year and its coolest activities for yourself including dog sledding and Northern Lights viewing. Designed around the 2017 running of the famous Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, considered the toughest sled dog race in the world – competitors travel 1600km from Whitehorse to Fairbanks in as little as 10 days! – during our Yukon Quest Tour package you’ll experience all the behind the scenes race action as we join the teams on their mandatory 36 hour layover in Dawson City - home of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, the greatest the world has ever seen - before travelling onwards to Fairbanks. While the race is still on we’ll enjoy days of dogsledding ourself. We’ll learn how to work with a team of sleddogs while they’ll teach us the magic of travelling through the snow covered, northern backcountry.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Whitehorse. The adventure begins! (Feb 03)
Arrive Whitehorse. Your guide will meet you at the airport and provide a transfer downtown. On the way to the hotel, the guide will point out some of the city’s main attractions including the SS Klondike National Historic Site, the Yukon Visitor Centre, the Old Log Church and the Log Cabin Skyscraper. The Yukon’s capital city, Whitehorse is Canada’s largest north of the 60th parallel, with a population of around 25,000 people. We’ll also visit the very informative MacBride Museum of the Yukon, which tells the story of the Territory from pre-historic times, through the Klondike Gold Rush to today. With its numerous café’s and galleries and wel travelled, well-educated population, Whitehorse has a surprisingly cosmopolitan feel. But the real beauty of Whitehorse is its proximity to some of the country’s most beautiful natural landscapes, literally just minutes from downtown! Conditions permitting, we’ll have a chance at your first views of our stunning Northern Lights before bed. Overnight in a hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 2: Whitehorse. Yukon Quest start! (Feb 04)
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we’ll walk to the Yukon Quest start line. You can feel the excitement in the air as you approach the start line. The first teams begin arriving in the early morning to prepare for departure, and the teams are staked out according to their start positions. Spectators have the chance to meet the mushers as they load the sleds and prepare to depart. And of course, you’ll get up close and personal, with the real starts of the show, the 14 delightful Alaskan huskies that comprise each team. Though teams pass through several check points during the race, the Yukon Quest is much more of a test of wilderness survival than Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog race. Teams are required to spend several days between check-points without aid or re-supply, and the Yukon Quest is considered a much more difficult event than the Alaskan race. The dog’s excitement to be underway is obvious as the teams are hooked up and led to the start line; its all the handlers can do to hold them back! We’ll watch as the teams depart, then travel north of the city to the Takhini River Bridge where we can watch the teams as they turn from the frozen Yukon River on to the Takhini River and pass by en route to the first checkpoint at Braeburn Lodge, some 200km from Whitehorse. Afterwards, we’ll visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for views of the many large mammal species that inhabit the Yukon including moose, caribou, musk-ox, elk, mule deer, Dall’s sheep and mountain goats! Overnight in a hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 3: Whitehorse. Dog sledding (Feb 05)
After watching world-class Mushers starting the race, today you’ll get to experience the world of White Fang and Buck for yourself! We’ll travel to a scenic alpine valley located just a short distance outside the city for an introduction to the exciting adventure of dog sledding. This area is a favourite backcountry location for local residents; its stunning scenery provides easy access to some of the most beautiful wilderness in the Yukon. Overnight in a hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 4: Whitehorse. Dog sledding (Feb 06)
You’ll spend the days mushing your own team of Alaskan husky along a winter trail. The swish of the sled’s runners and the panting of the wonderful huskies and the sound of your own heart beating with excitement are the only sounds you’ll hear as we leave civilization behind for the Yukon wilds. We’ll stop for a trail-side lunch cooked over the open fire before returning to the trailhead. Overnight in a hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 5: Whitehorse-Dawson City. Klondike Ho! (Feb 07)
We’ll leave the Yukon’s capital city behind for the wilds of the Yukon interior today. As we travel the North Klondike Highway northbound, you’ll begin to get a sense of the sheer size and grandeur of the Yukon. At half the size of Ontario, or roughly the same size as California, the Yukon’s total population is only 35,000 people. Breathtaking doesn’t describe the vastness or the beauty of the Yukon’s wilderness! Our route roughly follows the Yukon River valley and takes us through a few small settlements and villages including Braeburn, Carmacks, Pelly Crossing and Stewart Crossing before the Ogilvie Mountains come into view. The road then drops down to the famous Klondike River Valley that spawned the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Still considered the greatest gold rush the world has ever seen, the gold discovery near Dawson City in 1896 drew more than 50,000 people to the Yukon in 1898, making Dawson City the largest city west of Winnipeg (Canada) and north of Seattle (USA)! As a national historic site, Dawson City today still retains its turn-of-the-century pioneer feel. Saloons with batwing doors and buildings with wooden facades, wrapped with wooden boar walks, line un-paved streets. Straight out of the Old West, this is the Yukon you imagined! We’ll take a short city highlight tour on arrival and point out some of Dawson City’s most famous locations including the Palace Grand Theatre, the former Territorial Legislature (now housing the Dawson City Museum), the Commissioners Residence, the SS Keno and the homes of famous Klondike authors, Robert Service, Pierre Berton and Jack London. We’ll also stop by the official Yukon Quest check point to check on the expected arrival times of the first teams arriving this evening. The town’s fire siren will announce the first team in, and everyone rushes down to the checkpoint to see who has arrived. To add to the excitement, the first team to arrive is given several ounces of gold by Dawson City as a reward. Overnight in a hotel in Dawson City.
Day 6: Dawson. Experience the Yukon Quest! (Feb 08)
Today we’ll experience the relaxed pace of Dawson City while we wait for the first team to arrive. Spectators will have the chance to meet the mushers and their handlers as they load the sleds and prepare to depart. And of course, you’ll get up close and personal, with the real starts of the show, the 14 delightful Alaskan huskies that comprise each team. Though teams pass through several check points during the race, the Yukon Quest is much more of a test of wilderness survival than Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog race. Teams are required to spend several days between check-points without aid or re-supply, and the Yukon Quest is considered a much more difficult event than the Alaskan race. Yukon Quest teams will be arriving throughout the day, providing many more opportunities for great Quest photos. In between, we’ll visit some of Dawson’s most interesting attractions including the wonderful Dawson City Museum to gain more insight into the Klondike Gold Rush history and the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre to for an introduction to the people, history and culture of the local Trondek Hwechen (Han) First Nation. Teams will continue to arrive throughout the day and into the evening, occasionally under the soaring Northern Lights, making for a memorable evening. Overnight in a hotel in Dawson City.
Day 7: Dawson City – Whitehorse. On the road again! (Feb 09)
Following breakfast, we’ll return to Whitehorse, once again along the scenic North Klondike Highway. During this southbound trip, we’ll stop by the Five Finger Rapids overlook for views of the 4 impressive chunks of rock in the middle of the river that gave river travelers and paddle-wheelers some difficulty during the gold rush. Overnight in a hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 8: Whitehorse (Feb 10)
Time for one last look around town this morning before the transfer to the airport. Check-in for your departing flights. End of tour services.

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Details

Tour Duration
8 days

Tour Price
CAD 3,185.00

Dates
03.02. - 10.02.2017

Accommodation
Double Room
Single Room (+CAD 370.00)

Child Discount Information
7-17 years (-CAD 796.25)

Winter Clothing Rental
Northern Lights Package (7nights/8days) (+CAD 127.50)
Arctic Winter Package (7nights/8days) (+CAD 261.25)

All Rates per person (+ GST)

Group Size
4 - 10 participants per tour

Included
  • 8 days round trip from/to Whitehorse
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Individual guiding and transportation during the entire tour
  • Small groups (max 10 participants)
  • Overland transportation in maxivan tour vehicle
  • 2 days guided dog sledding
  • Entrance fee for Yukon Wildlife Preserve
  • Emergency equipment including First Aid kit, satellite telephone
  • City sightseeing tour in Whitehorse and Dawson City
  • Whitehorse Airport Shuttles

Not Included
  • Outdoor winter clothing (rental available)
  • Meals and beverages other than specified
  • Personal extras
  • Gratuity

Notes
Due to the nature of this tour last-minute changes to the itinerary are a possibility and are left up to the discretion of the guide.

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