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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.

Whitehorse: Half-Day Snowshoeing Tour

2. 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.

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.

Kluane National Park: Full Day Tour

4. 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.

Arctic Day: Wildlife & Hot Springs | Half Day

5. 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: 3-Day Northern Lights and Huskies Experience

6. Whitehorse: 3-Day Northern Lights and Huskies Experience

Pickup will be at the Whitehorse airport or a hotel in downtown Whitehorse depending on prior arrangements. The shuttle will bring you to the lodge located in the Ibex Valley, surrounded by nature and away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Once you are settled in your room, you are free to explore the surroundings or enjoy the comfort of the lodge with a book and a hot chocolate at the fire place. Dinner will be served at 6:00 PM, over stories of the Yukon lifestyle with dogs. Together you will begin to anticipate the first night of setting up and waiting to see the northern lights. Your guide will share tips and tricks as to how to take the right pictures and where the best spots to wait for them are.  A hearty continental breakfast will be set up between 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM. The dogs will be ready, excitedly waiting to start the daily exercise that you will be part of, dressed in the warm clothing provided. It's time to put on their harnesses and have some fun with a team of dogs pulling an ATV, or if you like it more hands-on, a fat tire bike. The cool and fresh Yukon air will make you hungry; take some time to fuel up with a hot lunch before heading to the Wildlife preserve for a guided tour. Change the settings on your camera to wildlife to catch some nice shots of Yukon ungulates and more amazing Yukon scenery. A soak in the Takhini Hot Pools is the perfect way to wrap up the day before heading back to the lodge for yet another hearty home cooked meal. Another night of waiting for the northern lights is ahead. Get the cameras all ready and set up and then have a little snooze in your private room or relax in the common room with some cuddly dogs before the skies turn dark. After breakfast the next morning, the shuttle will bring you back to downtown or the airport depending on prior arrangements.

Miles Canyon: Self-Guided Nature Tour with Audio Guide

7. 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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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 36 reviews

We were picked up and guided to a private place dark enought to get a beutiful view of the Aurora (and the sky). Alongside of Smores and fire, it was a great experience.

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

Let’s join the excellent tour. You will also tell other travelers after joining.

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

Great sites and wonder tour guide. Kei Ito was the best.