Starting from Whitehorse, drive through the Southern Lakes and learn about Tagish and Inland Tlingit culture. Drop by the Carcross-Tagish First Nation carving shed in Carcross. Visit the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre and George Johnston Museum in Teslin. Learn about the Nisutlin Delta National Wildlife Refuge.
This meandering journey connects several First Nation communities and six impressive cultural centres. View artifacts and handcrafts, meet elders, and learn the story of Wolf and Crow. Meet talented Yukon artists in their homes and studios. Tour local galleries and learn about indigenous arts and crafts. Plan your culture quest around the Adäka Cultural Festival, one of many celebrations of Yukon music and art.
Head west on the Alaska Highway to Haines Junction to visit Da Kų Cultural Centre and find out about Kluane's Southern Tutchone heritage. Watch a film about Kluane National Park, and join a guided interpretive walk at Kathleen Lake. Visit the Tachäl Dhäl (Sheep Mountain) Visitor Centre the next day before driving beneath the majestic Kluane Mountain Ranges into Alaska. Then circle back across the Top of the World Highway to Dawson City.
Start with a visit to Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre to get your cultural bearings. Visit Tr'ochëk to learn about the traditional lifestyle of the Han people, and the challenges they faced on the arrival of thousands of prospectors. Drive a short distance up the Dempster Highway to the Tombstone Interpretive Centre. Take in one of Dawson's vibrant festivals, and tour the shops for local arts and crafts.
More cultural stops await, so pace yourself on the southbound leg of your quest. Return to Whitehorse on the North Klondike Highway making stops in Pelly Crossing to visit Big Jonathan House – perhaps a side trip to Fort Selkirk – and a tour of Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre in Carmacks.
Longhouses and a giant circular fire pit at Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre face the riverfront, reconnecting First Nations people to the river they were once intimately connected with. MacBride Museum offers excellent historical displays on Yukon First Nations people. Local galleries display carvings, textiles, beadwork and other traditional arts. For a unique destination, the fly-in village of Old Crow in North Yukon houses the John Tizya Cultural Centre.