4 flightseeing adventures in the Yukon
Treat yourself to the high life
Lift off and get up—way up —for an unparalleled view of the vast and untamed beauty that is the Yukon.
Famous for its history, quirky characters and outdoor adventure, the Klondike has its own sense of rock ‘n roll style. If you plan on visiting the area, upgrade your experience with a helicopter tour from Dawson City (Note from the pilot: the best time to fly is late summer or fall). Capture the full scale of the goldfields and the Klondike’s rich mining heritage before cruising over 2,200 square kilometres of protected wilderness known as Tombstone Territorial Park. Soar above rugged tundra carpeted with lichen, wildflowers and shrubs that turn to brilliant bursts of flaming colour. Keep watch for an abundance of roaming wildlife. Then push your nose to the glass as those iconic, jagged towers—“the Tombstones”—rise into view.
If you are looking for the highest and mightiest look no further than Kluane National Park and Reserve. Buckle up and take in the epic scale of the Saint Elias Mountain Range. With many flight paths to choose from, you’ll get an overhead view of endless peaks, glistening blue glaciers, not to mention bears, moose and wolves—oh my! For the true high-flyers, go in for a safe landing on the icefields for a view of Mount Logan, the king of the giants and Canada’s tallest mountain. Jaw-droppingly surreal, this Yukon flight experience is truly the crown jewel of flight experiences.
Lift off from your Whitehorse base camp for a bird eye’s view of the city’s big wilderness backyard. Fly by small plane or helicopter from the airport, or experience a water runway with float planes departing from Schwatka Lake. Then, follow the Yukon River’s path past the Whitehorse Rapids Dam, the jade waters of Miles Canyon and over the spellbinding beauty of the region’s many Southern Lakes. You will also be able to spot the world’s smallest desert in Carcross before sailing over mountain passes as you trace the historic Chilkoot Trail. With endless sights, your spirit will take flight on this unforgettable flightseeing tour.
Top up your Yukon air miles and head north of north. Inaccessible by road, a sky-high Arctic adventure requires a designated planner. For those intrepid explorers ready to meet the challenge, your reward will be experiencing some of the most untouched wilderness in the world. The welcoming Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation community of Old Crow will be the launch pad for your flightseeing tour of Vuntut National Park. Plus, you can extend the adventure and organize a charter to Herschel Island–Qikiqtaruk Territorial Park. There, you can visit the resident seal and bird colonies or take a plunge in the Arctic Ocean—this chance won’t come again.