Welcome to the Yukon! You’ve logged some miles and arrived in Watson Lake. Wander the Sign Post Forest, a charming collection of distance and directional signs to hometowns around the globe. Visit the trails, sandy beach and outdoor waterslide at Lucky Lake. You’ll also find lakeside bird watching in the heart of town, and golf, day adventures and camping nearby.
For a truly historic driving experience, the Alaska Highway is world renowned. Constructed during World War II, this smooth, scenic route stretches from Watson Lake near the British Columbia border to Beaver Creek at the Alaska border. The journey promises pristine wilderness, plentiful wildlife, and feeling of history and freedom in wide open spaces.
You’re here in the season of the midnight sun, but you can still get a taste of our skies’ other natural phenomenon. The Northern Lights Space and Science Centre is a state-of-the-art facility showcasing the aurora borealis. Take in the show on the full dome video screen and check out the interactive displays, before wrapping up your time in Watson Lake.
As you continue north, you’ll arrive in the community of Teslin. Stop in at the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Cultural Centre to see the amazing carvings, beadwork and other local art. Learn more about the local Inland Tlingit people at the George Johnston museum. Then spend some time with your toes in the sand at Marsh Lake day camp area, about 45 minutes from Whitehorse.
From open air concerts over the noon hour to historic site walking tours, in Whitehorse you’ll find plenty of options for keeping busy under the midnight sun. Take a late evening stroll - you might be surprised at the bustle! Locals often find they have extra energy during the long days of a northern summer and take advantage of it by extending their days’ activities.
Head toward Haines Junction, but take a short detour to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, a wildlife viewing property with several species of Yukon mammals in their natural environment. It’s a fantastic photo opportunity that’s not to be missed. Head back toward the Alaska Highway and carry on to Haines Junction, where the striking St. Elias mountain range waits to greet you.
From flightseeing over the world’s largest nonpolar ice fields to exploring local First Nations’ history and culture, Haines Junction is a beautiful place to spend some time. Carry on from here to Beaver Creek as the Alaska Highway parallels the majestic outer rim of Kluane National Park.