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Yukon: Aurora Borealis Evening Viewing Tour

1. Yukon: Aurora Borealis Evening Viewing Tour

Be collected from the Whitehorse hotel and board a comfortable warm minibus to begin your scenic trek out of the city. Your guide will drive you directly to a custom-built viewing location, which is equipped with restrooms. On arrival, immerse yourself in the quiet natural landscape and gaze at the unbelievable colors of the aurora borealis. This is one of the most sought-after Northern experiences, a Yukon winter vacation is only complete by viewing the aurora borealis cascading across the night sky. A chemical light reaction caused when solar energy interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere, producing dramatic dancing waves of green light from one horizon to another. The Northern Lights have captivated viewers since the beginning of time, as evidenced by the many Yukon First Nation legends they have inspired.  As you listen to your guide explain how and why the northern lights are formed in this area of the Yukon, warm up with hot drinks and refuel with complimentary snacks. Rest assured that your guide is there for technical photography assistance as you snap photographs over the course of the evening. Relax or doze off on the ride back to Whitehorse, where the tour ends at the doorstep of your accommodation.

Kluane National Park: Full Day Tour

2. Kluane National Park: Full Day Tour

Visit the magnificent Kluane National Park, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Admire the scenic Kathleen Lake and enjoy a short hike at the Rock Glacier where you can witness the magnificent views of the surrounding lakes and mountains. The hike will be followed by a visit to the historic indigenous Klukshu Village, for the chance to see wild salmon reaching their spawning grounds. In Haines Junction, make a stop at the Da Kų Cultural Center to learn more about the rich history of the Kluane National Park. Take the option to join a sightseeing flight above the second largest ice field on earth.

Whitehorse: Kluane National Park & Haines Junction Day Trip

3. Whitehorse: Kluane National Park & Haines Junction Day Trip

Explore Haines Junction and Kluane National Park, one of Canada’s most beautiful National Parks, first-hand. Get a thrilling insight into the region's history before westerners discovered it and before the Klondike Gold Rush. Meet your guide at the meeting point in Whitehouse then set off on the Alaska Highway in a comfortable minibus toward Kluane National Park. On the way, marvel at the awe-inspiring views of the magnificent mountains that make up the park. Keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready for possible wildlife encounters — with bears, elk, and other wild animals — at the edge of the road. With countless photographic opportunities to come, make sure your camera has enough memory space for the trip. In Haines Junction, you'll have a chance to visit one of the prettiest visitor centers in Canada, Da Ku Cultural Centre. Here, learn about the First Nations, the national park, and the world's largest non-polar ice field within the park. After that, take a small stroll along Kathleen Lake, which borders Kluane National Park, and enjoy its serenity and stunning view to the mountains. Discover a seasonal traditional fishing village with a visit to Klukshu Village before making your way back to the original meeting point in Whitehouse.

From Whitehorse: Skagway Day-Trip

4. From Whitehorse: Skagway Day-Trip

Start your day with a hotel pickup at 8:30 AM in Whitehorse. On the way to Skagway, make a stop at the glossy green Emerald Lake. Discover a tranquil water surface saturated in intense colors caused by sediment deposits. Head over to the Carcross Desert, the world’s smallest desert, notable for its fine sand. Pay a visit to the small settlement of Carcross, where you'll learn more about First Nations’ history and explore the settlement’s restaurants, cafes and art shops. Travel along the South Klondike Highway where you'll have several opportunities to view the majestic mountains and landscapes offer themselves. At several stops, photograph and film the scenery, showcasing White Pass's exceptional landscape.  Arrive at Skagway, once the point of departure for most gold prospectors during the big Klondike Gold Rush. Discover a colorful and vibrant town, where guests from all around the world stroll around its numerous restaurants, souvenir shops, and jewelers. Throughout the day, be prepared for chance encounters with the wildlife of the region, such as black bears, grizzlies, moose, and other animals. Be returned to your hotel in Whitehorse at around 6:30 PM.

From Whitehorse: Klondike Gold Rush Tour with Lunch

5. From Whitehorse: Klondike Gold Rush Tour with Lunch

Gold! This one word roared across North America in 1896, as hundreds of thousands rushed to the Klondike with dreams of striking it rich. Now over a century later, that passion lives on, as visitors from across the globe continue to trace the footsteps of the world’s greatest Gold Rush. Pan for gold, explore Miles Canyon, and learn the true history of the Klondike Gold Rush. With lakes, beaches, the World’s Smallest Desert and the small First Nations community of Carcross along the way, the Yukon Gold Experience shows the true breadth the North has to offer. We begin our journey at 9:30 am with an eye to nature’s beauty, visiting Miles Canyon, where a nine-million-year-old basaltic lava flow has been split by the Yukon River, and Emerald Lake, so named for its breathtaking, shimmering green waters. Then once we’ve had our fill of these natural spectacles, we’ll fill our appetites and go for lunch (included in our tour). After lunch, we’ll take a trip to see Carcross Desert, the smallest desert on earth, before visiting the Indigenous community of Carcross itself. Explore the local First Nations art and history, relax in their local cafes, or stroll down the sandy shores of Bennett Lake. It was here that many stories of the Gold Rush began, as the prospective prospector started their journey paddling to the Klondike. Our final stop before we return to Whitehorse brings us to the ultimate goal of every gold-rusher: finding gold. After a quick lesson on gold-panning, you’ll be digging up deposits in no time. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to pet huskies, take photos with Gold Rush-style displays, and visit the Wildlife museum, filled with life-sized displays of Yukon wildlife, including a Woolly Mammoth. We then conclude the day by returning you back to your Whitehorse hotel at about 4 pm.

Whitehorse: Nighttime Northern Lights Viewing

6. Whitehorse: Nighttime Northern Lights Viewing

Canada’s High North is famous for its nature, its wildlife, endless lands, and above all, the mystical Northern lights. Aurora Borealis provides an astonishing spectacle in these areas, especially during winter. This “Aurora Hunting” tour will take you to numerous vantage points, aiming for a perfect view of the polar lights. Hot tea pops and snacks will be provided for you during this 4-hour tour. If desired, you will receive an introduction to Aurora photography and its beautiful subtleties so that you can take some unforgettable memories of your encounter with the northern lights (tripod required). You'll be picked up from the meeting point at 10:30 PM, leaving the city’s light-polluted sky behind and heading towards the northern lights. To ensure the best chances of gazing at Aurora Borealis, you won't travel to one pre-determined location, but instead will visit several different vantage points. You'll arrive back at in the city at around 2:30 AM.

Arctic Day: Wildlife & Hot Springs | Half Day

7. Arctic Day: Wildlife & Hot Springs | Half Day

After pickup, your tour will take you to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve where you’ll have the opportunity to view and photograph wildlife in its natural habitat. Learn about the woodland caribou, Canada lynx, Rocky Mountain elk, mountain goats, Alaska Yukon moose, mule deer, muskoxen, wood bison, two varieties of thinhorn sheep, red foxes, and arctic foxes in habitats suited to each species.  To cap off a great day, your guide will take you to the nearby Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs. The outdoor hot springs pool provides a warm sanctuary amid the cold weather and is a must-do activity while visiting Whitehorse! In Yukon’s Boreal Forest, 25 minutes north-west of Whitehorse, the Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs flow out of the Earth’s interior at 385 liters (86 gallons) per minute and 47º Celsius (118º Fahrenheit) year-round. High in calcium, magnesium, and iron, the natural mineral springs lack the sulfurous odor common to many springs and are an amazing place to relax.

Whitehorse: Half-Day Snowshoeing Tour

8. Whitehorse: Half-Day Snowshoeing Tour

Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to enjoy the tranquility of the Yukon wilderness and to photograph the stunning Yukon landscape. On this half-day snowshoeing tour, you’ll get to strap on a pair of lightweight modern snowshoes and experience the rugged backcountry just like the gold miners, trappers and fur traders of days gone by. Visit scenic locations in the Whitehorse area backcountry and get the chance to spot wildlife such as spruce grouse, foxes, coyotes and snowshoe hares. Enjoy warm beverage and a snack to round out the day.

Miles Canyon: Self-Guided Nature Tour with Audio Guide

9. Miles Canyon: Self-Guided Nature Tour with Audio Guide

Experience the marvelous beauty of Miles Canyon Trail on a self-guided audio tour. You will receive the downloading instructions on your voucher after booking. Hike through the trail at your own pace with your audio guide. Walk along the mighty Yukon River, the third-longest river in North America, and marvel at the stunning scenery. You will discover the vibrant wildflowers and plants of the region like Yukon’s official flower, hardy trees, birds, and other wild animals. During your journey, hear the history of the Robert Lowe Suspension Bridge and the importance of Grey Mountain. Explore the remnants of Canyon City as you hear about its history. Know about the discovery of gold in Bonanza Creek and how it led to the Klondike Gold Rush, which shaped the history of the Yukon. Finally, learn about the Sternwheelers and how aviation played a pivotal role in the development of Yukon. Soak in the panoramic views of the mountains and enjoy a fun adventure at one of the most popular places in Whitehorse. Please note this trail is not accessible to everyone as there are steep sections, roots, etc. Check the trail conditions here before booking https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/yukon/yukon-river-trail

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Great tour! You could stay in a warm cabin/hut if you would like until the Northern Lights came out and the tour guides told you to come out to see them. The coloured lights can be difficult to see with the naked eye, so it was really helpful to have their expertise and photography skills. They took photos with their DSLR cameras which you could purchase later. They were also kind enough to drop me off at my hotel which I wasn't expecting. I would do this tour again. 10/10!

Excellent excursion. Magnificent landscape, endless expanses. Balm for the soul of a Central European who sometimes feels restricted. Excellent driver/guide named Yuya.

The snowy landscape on the banks of the Yukon River is wonderful. It seems to me a beautiful experience.

Excellent Guide Gustavo Rebolledo is an example of service and attitude!

Incredible. I have no words to describe Kluane and the Yukon!!