|Regions: Klondike, Kluane, Southern Lakes, Whitehorse Region||Communities: Dawson City, Haines Junction, Carcross, Marsh Lake, Tagish, Teslin, Whitehorse|
|Themes: Touring||Categories: Activities, Hiking, Heritage & Culture, Museums & Cultural Centres, Historic Sites, Klondike Gold Rush, Touring, Iconic Drives, Wilderness & Wildlife, Wilderness Parks, Wildlife|
Travelling from A to B is a delight when the road trips are this exciting.
We’ve figured out exactly how long it takes to get from one locale to another. All you need to do is find a journey that works with your schedule and your adventurous spirit.
Just a hop, skip, and a snowshoe away.
You’ll be kicking off your Yukon excursions in Whitehorse, which is just a 25-minute drive from some animal-filled trails and mineral-filled hot springs. So, if snowshoeing is your speed, head out on a 1.3 km trek from the Yukon Wildlife Preserve to the Takhini Hot Springs. During this 20-minute hike, you’ll be able to play a few rounds of “what winter wildlife can I spot?” Answer: two arctic foxes, three mountain goats, and one moose. Once you’ve exhausted your wildlife-spotting skills and your hamstrings, get ready to soak your muscles in some warm, relaxing pools. You packed a swimsuit, right?
Take a longer trip to some higher peaks.
It usually takes about 2 hours to drive from Whitehorse to Kluane National Park but this estimate does not include picture-taking pit stops. And since all 181 km of this road are chock-full of great views, you might want to factor in some photo op time—and some extra space in your camera roll. After all, if you took a photo every minute, you’d end up with 120 photos. That might seem like a lot but trust us, it’s hard to put the camera down in these parts.
Enjoy the waterfront scenes.
Looking to squeeze a few locations into a single outing? We recommend travelling around some of the Southern Lakes communities. From Whitehorse, make your way down to Marsh Lake and visit, well, the lake. The glistening water is particularly stunning at Army Beach. When you’re done taking in the amazing shoreline, cruise on down to Tagish. And while you’re there, visit some super talented local artisans before you get back on the road. The last leg of the journey will take you to Carcross. This community is absolutely filled with unique food and local art. And at Carcross Commons, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in everything from amazing restaurants to boutiques and live performances.
This whole tour will take just over 2 hours, which is just enough time to get lost in a new Jack London audiobook. So, roll those windows down, turn the volume up, and let the narrator’s soothing voice carry you along the lakeside roads for 137.7 km.
Take a quick cultural jaunt.
The drive from Whitehorse to Dawson City takes about 6 hours. But since the views along the Klondike Highway are so stunning, the time will pass in a flash of dazzling scenery. Before you know it, you’ll be exploring your way around some pretty charming museums.
The Dawson City Museum is just 500 meters from the Jack London Museum and it’ll take you about 6 minutes to walk between them. While you’re processing everything you just learned about Jack London’s amazing life, walk on over to the Dawson City Museum to take in some more information about the city’s rich history, the Yukon’s First Peoples, and the gold rush.
From colourful buildings to sky-scraping mountains.
While we haven’t done exact calculations, it would take an elk approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to trot its way from Dawson City to Tombstone Territorial Park. Luckily, your car will travel this 100 km route in just 1 hour and 15 minutes. But if you’re a passenger, there’s no shame in closing your eyes and imagining you’re making the journey on elkback. Drivers, please keep your eyes on the open road.
Once you’ve arrived and claimed your road trip hero status, stretch out your legs in front of the epic mountain views.
Yukon Wildlife Preserve
Haines Junction, Yukon
Dawson City, Yukon
Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon