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  • Duration: 8 days
  • Season: Feb 1 to Feb 8
  • Price: CAD 3,369.00
  • Activity: Dog Sledding, Wildlife Viewing, Sightseeing
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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 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 traveling onwards to Fairbanks. While the race is still on we’ll enjoy days of dog sledding ourself. We’ll learn how to work with a team of sled dogs while they’ll teach us the magic of traveling through the snow covered, northern backcountry.

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Arrive Whitehorse. The adventure begins!

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 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.

Whitehorse. Yukon Quest start!

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 stars 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.

Whitehorse. Dog sledding

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.

Whitehorse. Dog sledding

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.

Whitehorse-Dawson City. Klondike Ho!

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 36,000 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.

Dawson. Experience the Yukon Quest!

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. 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 to gain more insight into the Klondike Gold Rush history and 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.

Dawson City – Whitehorse. On the road again!

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.

Whitehorse

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

Tour Duration :
8 days

Tour Price :
CAD 3,369.00

Child Discount :
7 - 17 years (25% off regular adult rate.)
Double Room/person :
Included in tour price
Single Room/person :
+CAD 400.00
Clothing Rental - Northern Lights Package :
+CAD 128.00

All rates per person plus 5% Tax (GST)

Group Size :
4 - 16 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 16 participants)
  • 2 days guided dog sledding
  • Entrance fee for Yukon Wildlife Preserve
  • Emergency equipment including First Aid kit
  • 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.

The organization of this trip was exceptional, not only were the activities well planned so you got an experience of everything but there no hassles or worries about anything.

Ash B

It was the experience of a lifetime! Very well organized trips and very warm, hospitable people.

Archana Shejwalkar

I flew to Whitehorse only for 1 night in the hope to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). It was a risk as they don't come out every night, but it paid off. At approx 3am the lights came out and it was spectacular.

Leese D

I went to Sweden 8 years ago, but I could not see aurora then and I have always wanted to see the beautiful aurora someday.

Yuriko Sakano

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

Enrique Becerra

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

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

Cindy DeCarlo

Amaizing experience We passed a uniqye adventure a happyness with all wild life..

Juan Kaly

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

Earl K

On Friday I went snow shoeing around Miles Canyon. It was very nice to see the Yukon river under the snow.

Dave Ellemberg

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

John Sanger

We had the most amazing trip ... . Absolutely well organized. Weather was on our side and Reinhard is such a skilled driver and his wildlife spotting skills are phenominal.

Naseera Koya

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

Miyamae

Thank you for taking good care of us on our Aurora viewing tour. Thanks to your advice, we were able to take nice photos!

Yoshimi Jimbo

We have a few friends interested in going to Yukon, we had a good time with the guide, he was really nice!

Thomas Duffy