From "Vancouver" /
Gate to the Pacific Ocean to "Dawson City" / Legendary Gold Rush Capital
- Traveling independently by car, ship and train -
- 16 days /
15 nights -
Your very special Getaway!
Discover the most beautiful and scenic landscapes of Alaska,
British Columbia and the Yukon! This unique exciting journey starts in
Vancouver and crosses Vancouver Island with its beautiful
"Victorian Style" places. Sail the protected waterway of the
picturesque Inside Passage, formed by thousands of islands
where calving glaciers extend into the ocean and northern rainforest
characterize the landscape of the rugged coastline. The marine life is
abundant. Whales, sea lions, seals, otter and many rare seabirds can be
spotted from the vessel. From Skagway you will ride the
historic White Pass Train up to the White Pass and continue
by car to Whitehorse, the Capital City of the Yukon. Parallel on the
"Klondike Highway" the Gold Rush Route all the way up to Dawson City, the "City of Gold".
Vancouver Airport and
transfer by taxi to a Downtown Hotel. The afternoon will be at your
leisure on your own schedule.
located at the west coast of Canada - is known as the most beautiful
city at the west coast of America beside San Francisco. Surrounded by
the snow capped coastal mountains in the North and in the East and by
the endless expanse of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is characterized
by the ethic and cultural diversity of its inhabitants from more
than 100 different nations.
Accommodation: Downtown Hotel Vancouver
the morning a sightseeing bus will pick you up at the hotel for a
guided sightseeing tour. The highlights of this tour are:
Chinatown, Gas-Town, Granville Island, Capilano Suspension Bridge,
Robson Street, Canada Place, and Lions Gate Bridge.
In the afternoon
you will be at your leisure on your own schedule. Visit the
comprehensive exhibition of art and culture of the northwest coastal
Indians at the Museum of Anthropology or enjoy a shopping
tour downtown Vancouver. How about a Gourmet Dinner at one of the many gourmet
restaurants to close this eventful day in Vancouver.
Accommodation: Downtown Hotel Vancouver
Vancouver Island - Victoria
Early in the morning the sightseeing
bus will pick you up again and transfer you and your luggage to the BC
ferry terminal. You will sail through the spectacular Gulf Islands
between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. The following sightseeing tour
through Victoria with its numerous "Victorian Style" buildings and
places includes: Butchart Gardens, Chinatown, Beacon Hill Park,
Downtown, Empress Hotel, and the Parliament Building.
British Flair of the Provincial capital city Victoria is emphasized by
the red double-deckers, the well-tended lawns and gardens and last but
not least the Victorian Style Architecture.
The evening will be at your leisure.
Accommodation: Luxury Bed & Breakfast, Victoria,
Victoria - Nanaimo
approx. 112 km / 70 miles
Pick up your rental car in the morning.
You may spend the
better part of the morning strolling through the old town
centre of Victoria. Visit the exhibitions of the Provincial Museum or
the Maritime Museum. Have a walk through Thunderbird Park with the
collection of totem pools carved by the coastal Indians. Have a
rest on one
of the benches which are placed around the harbour and Fisherman's
Wharf. From here you have an excellent view at the Parliaments Building
and the Empress Hotel, both are landmarks of Victoria. In the afternoon
you start for the first leg of your 4-day-journey from the southern
tip of Vancouver Island to Port Hardy, the most northerly harbour on
Vancouver Island. You will have plenty of time for sightseeing. Do not
miss to take a little trip to the charming tiny town of Chemainus just a
few miles north of Duncan. Beautiful rendered murals decorate the
buildings of Chaimanus depicting the town's heritage of native people
and great moments of its history. In Nanaimo you will find "The Bastion" a former fort of the "Hudson's Bay Company" as well as prehistoric rock
paintings at "Petroglyph Park". Enjoy the ambience of an evening in the
harbour of Nanaimo.
Accommodation: Nanaimo, Vancouver
Nanaimo - Long
Beach/Tofino (west coast) - Parksville approx. 418 km / 260 miles
Set out early in the morning. After approx. 40 km / 25 miles you
reach Parksville. Take the Highway # 4 to head west for the "Pacific Rim
National Park" at the west coast. Enjoy the natural magnificence of
impressive mountains and primeval forests containing some of the tallest
trees in the world. Take a chance and stroll the hard-packed sand at
Long Beach and to catch sight of sea lions, seals, porpoises and
of orca whales or grey whales. Treat yourself with some delicious
seafood in Ucluelet or Tofino. On your way back from the west coast to
Parksville you will discover a completely new perspective of what this
beautiful countryside has to offer.
Accommodation: Parksville, Vancouver
Campbell River, plus a short side trip into the Strathcona Provincial
Park approx. 222 km / 138 miles
The driving distance between
Parksville and Campbell River comes to 122 km /
76 miles. You pass
small communities like Deep Bay, Union Bay, Courtney (the summer meeting
point in Canada for musicians from all over the world), and Oyster
From Campbell River, the gateway to Strathcona Park, you will
follow the Highway # 28 towards the west coast. The ride through the Strathcona Provincial Park (total size of the park: 1.5 million hectare
/ 5,792 square miles) will enchant any nature lover. Dense forest
with mighty Douglas-firs, quiet lakes, ravines with roaring creeks and
the fascinating alpine mountains - purest Canadian wilderness; home for
Moose, Wolverine, and of course black bears. The "Golden Hinde" (approx.
2,500 m / 8,200') is the highest point in the Strathcona Provincial
Accommodation: Campbell River,
Campbell River -
Port Hardy approx. 232 km / 144 miles
Even today in Campbell
River the annual salmon run has a big influence to the community
culturally and economically. If you are
interested in the cultural heritage of the coastal Indians you can
travel back in
history at the Campbell River and Kwagiulth museums. On your way to Port
Hardy you pass two of the smaller National Parks on Vancouver
Island, the "Morton Lake Provincial Park" and the "Schoen Lake
After your arrival in Port Hardy (Port Hardy
is the most northern point to be reached by car) you drop the
rental car at the airport and get transferred to the hotel. During the
evening you may want to go for a walk along the seawall to the bustling
harbour. Follow the seawall to Carrot Park and view the war memorial,
next come to Tsulquate Park. Yet another beautiful park along the scenic seawall is
the Kinsmen Park and pavilion, a great place for a picnic or barbecue.
Or would you enjoy fresh shrimps at the town dock?
Accommodation: Port Hardy, Vancouver
Ferry Port Hardy -
Prince Rupert, "Inside Passage"
shuttle service of
the hotel will transfer you to the ferry terminal. To make this 15-hour
sailing-tour through the "Inside Passage" more convenient, an outboard
cabin will be reserved for you. Just pick up your key at the purser
Thousands of islands form a pristine and protected waterway,
the "Inside Passage". For most of the travellers coming to Canada this
sailing-tour is an absolute highlight. The marine life is abundant.
Whales, sea lions, seals, otter and many rare seabirds can be spotted
from the vessel. Keep your camera ready to hand.
Day 9, 10 and 11
Prince Rupert - Skagway (Alaska Marine Highway)
During the morning there is enough time left to go for a hike on the "Butze Rapids Trail". The Butze Rapids Trail is an easy to hike circular walk, without steep slopes. The trail is leading through dense nordic rain forest, with a total length of approx. 5 km / 3 miles. After 3 km / 1.8 miles you reach a view point, from where you can see the Butze Rapids. Those rapids chance their direction twice a day, when the high tide is coming in. A tidal phenomenon!
Two days sailing on the Alaska Marine
Highway Ferry lie ahead of you. An outboard
stateroom with shower and toilet provides the necessary comfort.
Enjoy your journey along the deep fjords, glaciers,
waterfalls and the
impenetrable northern rainforest. The ferry will make short stops at
small picturesque coast communities like Ketchikan, Wrangell,
Petersburg, and the capital city of Alaska, Juneau, with its bustling
harbour and last but not least Haines, a jewel in the Alaska Panhandle.
2 nights on the Alaska Marine Ferry
Day 11 (further course of the day)
arrive in Skagway early in the morning.
One of our guides will welcome you at the ferry terminal
with an invitation for a hearty breakfast.
In the morning our guide will
accompany you during a stroll on the busy "Broadway" of Skagway with his
numerous historical buildings. Skagway, once starting point for up to 100.000
"Stampeders" which - under extreme conditions - tried to make their way
over the gruelling Chilkoot Pass into the Yukon Territory, to get to the rich gold
fields of the Klondike. Only 40.000 adventurers eventually made it to
the destination of their dreams, Dawson City.
In the afternoon you embark
the historical train of the White Pass & Yukon Route for a charming ride
on the steepest railway route in North America which takes you to the
White Pass. Built in 1898 during the Klondike gold rush this railway
stretches through breathtaking panoramas of mountains, glaciers and
waterfalls. It took tens of thousands of workers and 500 tons of
explosives to build this railway through the rugged terrain of the
coastal mountain range and under extreme weather conditions.
White Pass, the border station of the Yukon, our guide
will pick you up again to transfer you through a fascinating landscape
to Whitehorse. A stop in Carcross is scheduled to pay a visit to
"Matthew Watson's General Store" and a further short stop at Carcross
Dessert, named the smallest dessert of the world, which shouldn't be missed.
In the morning
you will pick up your rental car,
to be mobile
during your day in Whitehorse and its vicinity. Drive to Schwatka
Lake and sail on the MS Schwatka across the Schwatka Lake and through
Miles Canyon. Visit the world's longest wooden fish ladder or admire the
MS Klondike, a well preserved old Yukon Sternwheeler, that once played
the Yukon River. Stroll downtown Whitehorse, visit the McBride Museum
and the Old Log Church. Did you know, that there's a wooden sky scraper
in Whitehorse? See the amazing Pre-Ice-Age-exposition of the Beringia
Museum located near Whitehorse Airport. Restaurants,
Cafes and Galleries at Main Street and at the Yukon River waterfront are
waiting for you.
During your 550 km / 342 miles drive on the Klondike
Highway you are going to have several great opportunities for stops to take pictures or simply to stretch
your legs (e.g. Braeburn Lodge, Five
Finger Rapids-View Point).
Late afternoon Dawson City will be reached. The legendary capital of
the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 is "living history". For over 100 years
people have been mining for gold in the area. In the evening you can try
your luck at Poker, Blackjack or Roulette while visiting "Diamond Tooth
Gertie's" Gambling Hall. Long legged can-can girls, Honk-y-Tonk piano
players and a hearty whiskey or Sourdough Cocktail create an authentic
gold-miner's atmosphere and will make for an enjoyable evening.
Accommodation: Dawson City
After your visit of the Gold Miner's Museum and the Jack London Cabin in
the morning it's time to enjoy the fascinating view
from the "Dome", a
viewpoint high above Dawson City. The Dome offers an unforgettable view
of the Klondike and the Yukon River and the many scars left from 100
years of gold mining. Only a few kilometres south of Dawson City you
can experience how nowadays plaza miners are working their claims. Pan
yourself for gold and keep the gold you may find. You may travel back
in time to the days of the gold-rush when visiting the huge Gold
Dredge #4 and the discovery claim at Bonanza Creek.
Accommodation: Dawson City
Before your last
night at the hotel you might enjoy to reflect over an unforgettable trip during
a cosy dinner in one of the many restaurants in Whitehorse.
Return of the
rental car and journey home or to your next destination.
Book a tour
nights hotel in Vancouver
1 night hotel in Victoria
1 night hotel in Nanaimo
1 night hotel in Parksville
1 night hotel in Campbell River
1 night hotel in Port Hardy
1 night hotel in Prince Rupert
3 nights hotel in Whitehorse
2 nights hotel in Dawson City
All Hotels are rated 3 stars plus or better
Guided Sightseeing-Tour in Vancouver
Guided Sightseeing-Tour in Victoria (Vancouver Island), incl.
Ferry Vancouver - Vancouver Island
Fare BC-Ferry from Port Hardy - Prince Rupert
Outboard Cabin (2 persons) BC-Ferry
Port Hardy - Prince Rupert (with shower and toilet)
Fare Alaska-Ferry from Prince Rupert - Skagway
Stateroom (2 persons) Alaska Ferry for 2 nights (with shower and
from Prince Rupert - Skagway
Reception and guided Sightseeing-Tour in Skagway and transfer
from White Pass to
4 days Mid Size Car Vancouver Island inclusive
unlimited km/miles, liability insurance,
(CDW) and all applying taxes and fees
4 days Mid Size Car Whitehorse inclusive unlimited km/miles,
liability insurance, collision/
damage insurance (CDW) $ 250.00
deductible, tire and wind shield insurance and all applying
Historical Train Ride White Pass -
Skagway - White Pass
Guided Plaza Mining Tour in Dawson City
Price does not include:
Admission fees for museums and casino, costs for fuel, rental car upgrade,
optional excursions, food and beverages, tips, US VISA fee (US$
14.00), costs for taxi
Price per person
from Vancouver to Whitehorse
on double room occupancy
| from CA$
|Surcharge for single traveller
All prices are subject to 5 % GST (Goods & Service Tax)
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Travel dates 2012:
- upon request -
* All itineraries are depending on the schedules of the BC Ferries and Alaska Marine Ferry. The itinerary can be altered or extended individually. Maybe you want to extend your stay in Vancouver for one or more days? No problem. Perhaps you intend to experience Banff NP, Jasper NP, Alberta 'Badlands' with it's Dinosauric Valley and last but not least the beautiful Okanagan Valley in BC. We can tailor the itinerary to your special desires.
An other option would be to extend your journey further north to Alaska. It's really worthwhile to visit the preserved national wonders of AK - Denali NP as well as the Kenai Peninsula boasting even more superlative vistas of Alaska's superior landscapes.
We would be pleased to provide you an detailed offer.
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will be replaced by same or better options.
We also reserve the right
to change the itinerary or parts of it if necessary due to circumstances
that are beyond the control of Canadian Wilderness Travel Ltd. All
changes will be replaced by same or better options.
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the time of booking. Your policy should cover at least trip
cancellation, injury, illness, travel accident, emergency medical and
search & rescue.
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