With thousands of kilometres of roads, long summer days, friendly locals and scenic vistas around every bend, the Yukon is the perfect destination for a road trip. Check out our favourite driving routes and download a pdf with all the information you’ll need to help your clients plan the road trip of a lifetime.
Klondike Kluane Loop
A week-long touring route that goes from gold panning to glaciers, this drive packs many of the Yukon’s premier historic attractions and natural wonders into one magnificent loop. It travels from Whitehorse to Dawson City, then via the Top of the World Highway into Alaska, returning to Canada on the Alaska Highway. It then follows the Alaska Highway through Beaver Creek and Haines Junction back to Whitehorse.
Golden Circle Drive
This is one of the most popular driving routes in the Yukon. It’s a spectacular mountain route that takes travellers on a grand tour through picturesque Yukon towns and alpine passes, to the Alaska Panhandle. It starts in Whitehorse and travels the South Klondike Highway to Skagway, Alaska through the scenic White Pass. A ferry connects to Haines and the drive continues on the Haines Road and Alaska Highway through Kluane country and back to Whitehorse.
Your clients will need a week to complete this unique journey on Canada’s only all-season public road to cross the Arctic Circle. The Dempster is famous for its colourful alpine tundra landscapes, wildlife, scenic vistas and memorable driving adventures. The drive begins in Dawson City and soon turns onto this unpaved, two-lane highway that heads north through a sub-arctic landscape to the Arctic Circle. After two river crossings by ferry the road arrives in Inuvik in the Northwest Territories.
Southern Lakes Circuit
This itinerary offers a network of deep blue lakes backed by coastal mountains and villages filled with artists, attractions and unforgettable history, all just a short drive from Whitehorse. It’s comprised of four scenic highways joining the waterfront communities of Whitehorse, Mount Lorne, Carcross, Tagish, Marsh Lake, Teslin and Atlin.
This is a great side trip on the way to or from Dawson City. It offers a quiet pace with placid lakes, rivers and streams dotting the landscape, along with relics from the Yukon’s silver mining heritage. The route passes through the historic frontier mining towns of Mayo and Keno with scenic views of the Stewart River along the way. Hiking and biking trails abound, often passing by old cabins and great fishing holes.
Alaska Highway and Campbell/Canol Route
The historic Alaska Highway is combined with the Campbell/Canol – a week-long wilderness drive that traverses one of the Yukon’s least-populated regions. It offers a quiet, more remote experience with rewarding fishing and wildlife viewing and is for those who really want to get off the beaten track. The route follows the Alaska Highway to Watson Lake and then heads north on the Robert Campbell Highway to Faro. From there, it returns to the junction of the Canol Road at Ross River and follows the South Canol back to the Alaska Highway and Whitehorse.
The Yukon aurora viewing season runs from late August to early April. Fall aurora viewing offers milder weather and gorgeous fall colours. A winter aurora viewing trip means snow and the opportunity to experience all the fun of a Yukon winter.
The Yukon’s Northern Lights can be seen from late August until early April. In August and September, the Yukon’s brilliant fall foliage offers a stunning contrast to the Aurora at night.
The Yukon’s Northern Lights can be seen from late August until early April. Aurora viewing in the winter combines just the right amount of excitement, inspiration and comfort. Daytime activities include dog mushing, snowmobiling, ice-fishing, sightseeing and sampling local cuisine in Whitehorse, while nights can be spent watching for the northern lights.
One of the things that many visitors come to the Yukon to experience is our pristine wilderness. It’s a place in which many seek to challenge themselves as well as to reconnect with nature. Here are just two of many possible outdoor adventure itineraries that include river trips, hiking, camping, mountain biking and more.
Yukon River Trip
One of the world’s iconic waterways, the Yukon River is a popular river for canoe and kayak trips. From Whitehorse to Dawson City, with shorter options available, this is truly a classic paddling adventure.
Hiking in Kluane National Park and Reserve
One part of the largest protected area in the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kluane National Park and Reserve is the perfect destination for hikers of all abilities. From an easy one hour walk to a multi-day back country trek to a glacier it’s all here.