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From Skagway: White Pass and Yukon Suspension Bridge Tour

1. From Skagway: White Pass and Yukon Suspension Bridge Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the 1898 Gold Rush stampeders as you head into the Yukon on this guided tour from Skagway. Catch views of the White Pass Railroad and glacier-covered mountains and cross the border into Canada. Start your adventure by traveling up the Klondike Highway and taking in the passing wildlife and waterfalls. Once into Canada, you'll pass through the subarctic alpine tundra of the Tormented Valley, with views of Summit Lake. Continue through B.C. and stop at Canadian customs at Fraser, and the Yukon Territory. Next, head to the Yukon Suspension Bridge, nestled in between forests. Dare to walk along this 200-foot-long bridge that traverses the Tutshi River. You'll have the chance to spot local animals in their natural habitat. The roaring rapids below provide an impressive backdrop for photos and memories. Visit the Outdoor Interpretive museum and get a better understanding of the region between Skagway and Whitehorse. Hear about the First Nations and the stories of the Gold Rush as the continent was settled.

Yukon: Aurora Borealis Late Night Viewing Tour

2. Yukon: Aurora Borealis Late Night 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.

Wild Adventure Yukon + Summit Tour

3. Wild Adventure Yukon + Summit Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the 1898 Gold Rush stampeders as you head into the Yukon on this guided tour from Skagway. Catch views of the White Pass Railroad and glacier-covered mountains and cross the border into Canada. Start your adventure by traveling up the Klondike Highway and taking in the passing wildlife and waterfalls. Once into Canada, you'll pass through the subarctic alpine tundra of the Tormented Valley, with views of Summit Lake. Continue through B.C. and stop at Canadian customs at Fraser, and the Yukon Territory. Enjoy a photo opportunity at the British Columbia and Yukon signs. As we continue up the Klondike Highway, guests will get to experience Wild Adventure Yukon (formerly Caribou Crossing). Your entry allows you the chance to walk around this historic & fun filled complex, play with puppies at the petting zoo, learn about the Klondike & Yukon at the museum, and also enjoy a huge family-style bbq lunch (vegetarian options available).

Arctic Day: Wildlife & Hot Springs | Half Day

4. 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.

Skagway: Bridge, Puppies and Summit Triple Combo

5. Skagway: Bridge, Puppies and Summit Triple Combo

Follow in the footsteps of the 1898 Gold Rush stampeders up the White Pass and into the Yukon! Start your adventure by traveling up the Klondike Highway while you take in wildlife, waterfalls, glacier-covered mountains & views of the White Pass Railroad. Once into Canada (Province of British Columbia aka B.C.) you'll pass through the subarctic alpine tundra of the Tormented Valley, with views of Summit Lake. You'll continue through B.C. where you'll stop at Canada Customs at Fraser B.C, and the Yukon Territory. Photo opportunities will be available at the British Columbia and Yukon signs. Our featured stop is the Yukon Suspension Bridge, located in the remote British Columbia wilderness. This 200 foot long bridge traverses the Tutshi River where you'll be able to spot a number of animals in their natural habitat. The roaring rapids below provides an amazing backdrop for photos & memories while on your Alaskan vacation. The Outdoor Interpretive Museum provides maps & guides to give you a better understanding of the region between Skagway & Whitehorse, with information on the First Nations & the stories of the Gold Rush as this part of continent was settled. The 2nd stop is the Tagish Lake Dog Sledding Camp. Here, you'll get a glimpse into the history of sled dog use throughout Canada and Alaska. You'll get to see the dogs in action and play with puppies. You'll also get to meet real life trainers & mushers! There is a gift shop for snacks and souvenirs to take home as a way to remember this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Miles Canyon: Self-Guided Nature Tour with Audio Guide

6. 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

Whitehorse: Half-Day Snowshoeing Tour

7. 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.

Kluane National Park: Full Day Tour

8. 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. 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

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

Explore Haines Junction and Kluane National Park, one of Canada’s most beautiful National Parks. 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 Whitehorse, and 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 Whitehorse.

Yoho National Park: Self Guided Driving Audio Tour

10. Yoho National Park: Self Guided Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour begins in the town of Lake Louise. From here, you’ll head toward the Yoho National Park entrance and hear about one of the most colorful figures from its history: Tom Wilson. Next, why not snap a selfie beside the Now Entering British Columbia Sign, which just so happens to sit directly on the Great Continental Divide! As you cruise through the picturesque Kicking Horse Pass, you’ll find out how it got its unusual name. After that, you’ll admire the serene Wapta Lake and have the option of trekking to the secluded and picturesque Sherbrooke Lake. Take in views of Cathedral and Mount Stephen as you drive, which stand as sentinels, guarding tales of time past. Stop for photos at the Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint, which offers a testament to human engineering amidst nature’s grandeur. Then you’ll cruise toward a towering waterfall known as Takakkaw Falls, hearing about elusive mountain peaks, sprawling icefields, and terrifying avalanches along the way. Returning from Takakkaw Falls, you’ll delve into the discoveries of Charles Doolittle Walcott and the world-renowned Burgess Shale, which changed scientists’ understanding of the world forever. After hearing more about how this happened, you’ll pay a visit to the Natural Bridge – nature's own architectural masterpiece. At last, you’ll arrive at Emerald Lake, the perfect spot to rest after an exciting journey. Your tour concludes here.

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(41 reviews)

It was cloudy so hard to see the lights however the camera was able to pick up on colour. Still a great experience overall. The guide was knowledgeable and the viewing centre was really nice. We got to roast marshmallows which was a great addition. Would highly recommend

We weren’t able to see the auroras cause it was cloudy but the experience itself was lovely. They explained everything and the guide Steve was really friendly

Such a great tour! Our guide was amazing and we got to see all the animals. Plus the spa was a nice way to end the day.

Excellent, we saw the wonderful northern lights, super exciting, and with very friendly guides

Excellent! We loved our guide's explanation about the auroras and Whitehorse!