Expedition
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Season: Feb 26 to Mar 26
  • Price: CAD 3,679.00
  • Activity: Northern Lights, Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Sightseeing, History, Flying, Aboriginal Culture

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Join us as we travel overland from the Pacific to the Arctic, along snow covered highways built along ancient wildlife corridors, and traditional trading routes of First Nations traders - later used by Klondike Gold Rush prospectors and NWMP patrolmen.  

We start heading north from Whitehorse after we enjoyed the winter scenery from up in the air during a sightseeing flight. At the Yukon Wildlife Preserve we’ll see and learn about natural inhabitants of the Arctic. The route offers some of the greatest geographic diversity in the country; the Tombstone Mountains in the central Yukon are among the youngest mountain ranges in North America, while the low rolling Ogilvie’s with their naked spines were not glaciated during the last Ice Age, and thus are among the oldest. North of the Ogilvie Mountains, the landscape gradually flattens to low tundra and crossing the Arctic Circle the Richardson Mountains, the Northern-most extension of the Rocky Mountains, come into view.

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Arrive Whitehorse

Meet and greet and transfer to your downtown hotel. You’ll meet your fellow travellers and your guide will review the itinerary and your equipment at our group meeting this afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free to explore the city and do any last minute shopping. Accommodation: Whitehorse Optional: Aurora Viewing evening tour at the AuroraCentre.

WHITEHORSE – WILDLIFE VIEWING AND A BIRDS-EYE-VIEW

We start the day with a flight above the spectacular winter scenery 20 minutes in the air with a bushplane. During the flight we can enjoy the Yukon winter from an angle only few people ever will. Back in Whitehorse we will discover the history of the north on a city-sightseeing tour. Whitehorse has a lot to offer and is home to famous sights like the historic Paddlewheeler SS Klondike or a “Skyscraper” completely made out of logs. Later we drive to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve where we can see up close inhabitant of the arctic north like the Muskox, Caribou, and Arctic Fox. It's a photographer's and naturalist's dream to see Arctic's wildlife up close and you will be in the front-row to learn about wildlife living year-round in the True North. Accommodation: Whitehorse Optional: Aurora Viewing evening tour at the AuroraCentre

WHITEHORSE TO DAWSON CITY

Prior to the late 1950’s, the only way to travel to Dawson City in summer was on a majestic paddlewheeler like the SS Klondike. Today, we’ll cover the 550km distance in just a few hours. Our route today takes us through the heart of the Yukon interior more or less along the Yukon River valley. We’ll stop for a coffee in the morning at Braeburn Lodge, famous for its massive cinnamon buns, then continue northbound on the Klondike Highway passing through several small native villages and settlements including, Carmacks, Pelly Crossing and Stewart Crossing. Near Carmacks, the road offers great views of famous Five Finger Rapids and about an hour outside of Dawson, we’ll stop at the Tintina Trench overlook for views of the expansive Yukon interior with the Ogilvie Mountains beyond that we’ll pass through the day after tomorrow. After check-in, we’ll have a bite to eat, and then we’ll keep an eye out for the Northern Lights, which can often be seen right over the town. Accommodation: Dawson City

DAWSON CITY – GOLD RUSH

Home to the world’s greatest Gold Rush, some 50,000 gold seekers arrived here in 1898 making Dawson City the largest town west of Winnipeg and North of Seattle (USA) at that time. The entire community is now a national historic site, and the romance of the Old West can be felt on every corner. Dawson’s unpaved streets and wooden boardwalks are still roamed by miners, hunters and trappers. Parks Canada has restored many of the original buildings including the Palace Grand Theatre, the Commissioner’s Residence and the cabins of Jack London and Robert Service’s cabin, among many others. We’ll travel up Bonanza Creek road to the actual claim where gold was discovered in 1896. Discovery Claim is located near the impressive Dredge #4 National Historic Site and we’ll stop for a photo here as well. In the evening you will have the chance to discover Dawson City’s small but authentic bar scene and you will find many long-time residence who can tell you more tales of the far north. Accommodation: Dawson City

DAWSON CITY TO EAGLE PLAINS

We’ll get an early start today. The Dempster is one of the truly great Canadian roadways. Completed only in the late 1970’s, the Dempster is still the only fully public road in North America to cross the Arctic Circle. Today’s drive is considered most scenic; Tombstone Territorial Park encompasses the jagged peaks to the West that give the park its name and further along, the Ogilvie Mountains offer superb scenery and stunning vistas. Wildlife is often spotted along the roadsides, so keep a good watch for foxes, the occasional wolf and caribou. As we arrive at Eagle Plains in the late afternoon/early evening, the modest hotel, fuel station, and highway maintenance station – the only civilization for approximately 300km in either direction - feels like an oasis! Accommodation: Eagle Plains

EAGLE PLAINS – ARCTIC CIRCLE

Today we’ll venture to the most northern point of this tour, the Arctic Circle crossing, where we’ll enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne to commemorate this special occasion. With the North Pole at its centre, the Arctic Circle runs around the earth in the northern hemisphere at 66°33’N. Some 9,900 miles long, this line of latitude embraces the Arctic region surrounding the North Pole. North of this line, there are days when the sun doesn’t set at all in summer (midnight sun) and doesn’t rise in winter (polar nights). The exact location of the Arctic Circle varies each time you travel past it. Over the course of a full year, the virtual line shifts by almost 15 metres – while the Arctic Circle Sign remain firmly in place. The exact position of the line depends on the angle of the earth’s axis compared to the plane of its orbit at the time. In the area in and around the Arctic Circle and you will greatly boost your chances of seeing the northern lights. Accommodation: Eagle Plains

EAGLE PLAINS TO DAWSON CITY

Once more we are able to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the snow-covered tundra alongside the Dempster Highway. Leaving the Arctic Circle behind we are making our way back south in the morning so we can enjoy the picturesque scenery in new light settings for memorable photography. The route of the Dempster Highway roughly follows the route of Jack Dempster’s original trail. He learned it from the Gwitchin First Nation of the region, and they learned it from their ancestors. It was their main transportation link between the Yukon and Peel river systems. The Gwitchin floated triangular rafts down these rivers, carrying goods to barter and trade with Loucheux Indians, and later with white traders. Accommodation: Dawson City

DAWSON CITY - WHITEHORSE

Transfer to Dawson City Airport, check in, board southbound aircraft. Tour services end on arrival at Whitehorse Airport. Optional evening in Whitehorse or connecting flights.

Tour Duration :
8 days

Tour Price :
CAD 3,679.00

Child Discount :
7 - 17 years (25% off regular adult rate.)
Double Room/person :
Included in tour price
Single Room/person :
+CAD 640.00
Clothing Rental - Northern Lights Package :
+CAD 135.00

All rates per person plus 5% Tax (GST)

Group Size :
5 - 20 participants per tour

Included :
  • 8 days trip from Whitehorse/Arctic Circle
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Individual guiding and transportation during the entire tour
  • Overland transportation in tour bus or tour van
  • Sightseeing tour in Whitehorse
  • Sightseeing flight around Whitehorse and area
  • Visit of Yukon Wildlife Preserve
  • City sightseeing tour in Dawson City
  • Arctic Circle ceremony
  • Flight Dawson City - Whitehorse
  • Emergency equipment including First Aid kit, satellite tracker
  • Whitehorse and Dawson City Airport Shuttles

Not Included :

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.

Just awesome, everything was great, the guides are so well informed and always in a good mood.

Enrique Becerra

The lights were incredible! Thank you for a memorable visit to Whitehorse!

Cindy DeCarlo

We enjoyed our Aurora viewing so much tonight that we’d like to go again.

Elise Shannon

Many many thanks for making this experience so memorable for my husband and I. Also we want to come back to Whitehorse in the future...

Christina Walford

I just wanted to mention how much I enjoyed my trip. It was so well organised and hassle free.

Ashlee Burn

The trip to Whitehorse we booked with Arctic Range was truly amazing. I can't thank them enough for an absolute great experience.

Robert Traufre

Keigo was fantastic and so patient to teach me how to use my camera...

Earl K

Thank you for the wonderful time we had on your tour.

Miyamae

It's been an awesome experience and we've been well looked after .

Alison Groves

Loved the wildlife preserve and especially loved the hot springs! So relaxing.

Beth D

... I visited Whitehorse in March to see The Northern Lights. Thanks again for an incredible time.

John Sanger

All the guides were brilliant. I can’t recommend them highly enough. The office staff and management were very helpful too. This has been a once in a lifetime trip. A bucket list adventure. Well done, guys.

Nicki P

Our primary purpose for this tour was to see Aurora. The activity of Aurora was strong at that time (end of August), ....

Alma B

Your friendly smiles made us feel perfectly relieved, so we were relaxed and had a good time like we were with our close friends. We really enjoyed hearing about your life in Yukon―a lot of amazing stories!

Shimizu Takeshi & Emi

We went on your northern lights tour last night and had an amazing time!

Natalie Mander