The Klondike Gold
Rush Trail (part
II) - 15 days/ 14 nights -
Gold Rush Trail of 1898 in a
1896: George Carmack and his two Indian companions
discovered gold in a small tributary creek of the Klondike River
initiating the greatest Gold Rush the world had ever seen. At the peak
of the Gold Rush in 1898 more than a hundred thousand adventurers from
all over the world migrated towards the Yukon Territory. 40,000 actually
reached the destination of their dreams - The Klondike and only a few
hundred gained wealth. The gold seekers had to carry their equipment
under gruelling conditions across the feared Chilkoot Pass. From Lake Bennet they continued their journey north to the Klondike with primitive
self-made boats or floats. On our 750 kilometre (470 miles) journey on
the Yukon River we follow the original Klondike Route in a 12 passenger
voyageur canoe* all the way north to Dawson City. The once feared
Finger Rapids and the Rink Rapids are no problem for our big canoe. The
smooth gliding on the mighty Yukon River, the stillness and vastness of
the wilderness are providing unforgettable impressions of the wild north.
Eight to twelve passenger canoes, as they were used by the
Hudson Bay Company fur traders
Arrival at Whitehorse airport and reception by your tour guide.
Transfer to a downtown hotel.
Hotel: River View Hotel
Sightseeing of Whitehorse in the
Old Log Church, last opportunity for shopping. In the afternoon we will
load and embark our 10 metres (30 feet) long canoe and paddle down the
fast flowing Yukon River to Lake Laberge.
Day 3 to 13:
On the third day we will cross Lake Laberge. At the end of the lake we
will find an abandoned settlement: Lower Lake Laberge. The following
section of the Yukon River is called "The Thirty Mile River". It extends
from the end of Lake Laberge to the mouth of the Teslin River. In 1991 it was declared as Canadian Cultural Heritage Site,
because of its natural beauty and cultural and historical relevance.
Sunken paddlewheelers are the last remaining witnesses of the time, when
the Yukon was played by numerous sternwheelers. Today
the Yukon is traveled on by
canoes and occasionally by small motor boats of local Indians fishing
After about five days and 320 kilometres (200 miles) we will
arrive at a private campground near Carmacks. Continuing our journey we
safely will pass through the Five Finger Rapids. At Yukon Crossing we will set up our next camp. Yukon Crossing was
once a place, where horses and wagons
were ferried crossed the river on their way to Dawson City. On the next
day we will arrive in Minto, an abandoned sternwheeler station. The next
stop on our way to Dawson City will be in Fort Selkirk, the
first fur trading post
in the Yukon (established in 1848). Fort Selkirk was destroyed by
natives a few years after its establishment. It was restored
recently and gives a good impression on how people lived there until
the 1950s. We will spend the remaining 4 days on the Yukon River
with smooth canoeing and occasional drifting. If we are lucky, we
will spot moose or bear crossing the river.
These animals will hide
away in the bush on the banks, as soon as people are approaching.
Bald eagles can be spotted almost every day. During the whole trip
the Yukon River flows through pristine wilderness. Impenetrable
forests are seaming the banks of the mighty river.
On the thirteenth day we will arrive in Dawson City, the legendary
capital of the Gold Rush of 1898. Today Dawson City looks like a
western movie setting. The surroundings of Dawson city bears the
traces of one century of gold seeking. In the evening we will visit
"Diamond Tooth Gertie’s" Gambling Hall,
the only legal gambling hall in the Yukon Territory. Poker,
roulette; honk-y-tonk piano players and can-can-girls
create an almost authentic Gold Rush atmosphere.
Hotel: Aurora Inn or Westmark Inn
In the morning we have scheduled a visit at the Gold Rush Museum and
the Jack London Cabin. After that,
we will say good bye to Dawson from
the Midnight Dome, a viewpoint high above the city. Via the Klondike
Highway we will arrive in Whitehorse in the late afternoon.
Hotel: River View Hotel
Transfer to the airport and departure.
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6 - 10 persons
KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH TRAIL
Travel dates 2013:
Other add on options: see self drive tour
"Fly & Drive"
"Legendary Yukon Territory"
Price per person from/to Whitehorse
based on double room occupancy
single room / single tent supplement
All prices are subject to 5 % GST (Goods & Service Tax
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We reserve the right to change our prices due to unpredictable
increase of fuel prices.
2 nights in a hotel in Whitehorse
1 night in a hotel in Dawson City
11 nights in a 2-person-tent
All necessary transfers
Trip from Dawson City to Whitehorse on the Klondike Highway
12 days voyageur canoe trip on the Yukon River
Rental and transport of the canoe
All necessary Canadian insurances
All meals except on the days with hotel accommodation
All cooking and camping equipment
Guided tour through Dawson City
Entrance fees gambling hall and museum in Dawson City
Experienced river and wilderness guide
Price does not include:
Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
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We reserve the right to stay in hotels other as
described in the itinerary. We also reserve the right to conduct the
itinerary in opposite direction or change parts of the tour description
if necessary due to circumstances that are beyond the control of
Canadian Wilderness Travel Ltd. All changes will be replaced by same or
We strongly recommend you to purchase proper insurance coverage at
the time of booking. Your policy should cover at least trip cancellation,
injury, illness, travel accident, medical emergency and search & rescue.
CANADIAN WILDERNESS TRAVEL Ltd.
Box 114, Carmacks, Y0B 1C0, Yukon Territory, CANADA
867 863 5404, FAX: 867 863 5405