6 Hour Tour
Clear your mind with stunning views, dark blue water and crisp mountain air.
Choose the best way to experience Skagway, Alaska, the White Pass Summit the Canadian Yukon Tours Skagway, AK! Board our comfortable coach for a 6-hour adventure through breathtaking scenery along the dramatic and historic route of the 1898 Stampeders.
Completed in 1978, the Klondike Highway links Skagway, Alaska to the world and provides one of the most exhilarating road trips in North America. Beginning in the town center of Skagway and climbing quickly through the mountains we head up the 1898 Gold Rush Trail to the White Pass Summit at 3292 feet. Over 100 years ago,100,000 adventures attempted the pass schlepping 1500 pounds of gear and provisions per man – enough to last a year. The trip to the summit was the first leg of an arduous 500-mile journey to gold territory in deep in the Yukon near Dawson City, Canada.
Many waterfalls spill into the valley.
Our journey passes through the coastal rainforest. Magnificent waterfalls cascade into the valley where men and horses struggled for weeks and months to reach the top. Glaciers and snow capped peaks provide a dramatic backdrop. Along the way we make scenic stops to snap photos of the Pitchfork Falls, Moore Creek bridge, Welcome to Alaska sign, Summit Lake and Tormented Valley arriving north of Skagway at the US/Canadian border. 100 years ago, gold seekers waited as one of five Canadian Mounties inspected their gear and supplies. Those who did not have enough were turned back. Our border crossing is much easier (you only need to have a passport!) and we are on our way through the Yukon in Canada.
Tushti Lake mirrors the cloudy and blue sky.
Immediately, the scenery transforms into mystic green lakes rimmed by mile-high mountains and rocky alpine desolation. Our destination is Carcross, Canada and just beyond…the Emerald Lake. We’ll pass through the Northern Boreal forest wilderness and past the unbelievable Tutshi and Tagish Lakes, stopping for photo opps at the “Welcome to the Yukon” sign and Bove Island viewpoints. Watch for wildlife. Bears, Moose, Caribou, Dall Sheep and Mountain Goats that inhabit the whole region.
An now – the desert.
Carcross lies on the shores of historic Lake Bennet. Its home to the “World’s Smallest Desert” and more importantly, its our lunch stop! There’s more to do than just stretch your legs at Caribou Crossing: the North’s premier educational wildlife gallery, featuring over 100 Yukon and Ice Age taxidermy animals. It’s even got the the world’s largest mounted polar bear. Visit the Sled Dog camp, pet the husky dogs or play with the puppies! Remember it all with a souvenir from the Yukon gift shop.
Summer camp for the dogs!
While we are here lunch is served: BBQ chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, homemade bun, coffee or tea, and yummy donuts . A vegetarian lentil curry is also available.
Before returning to Skagway, we make one more stop at the Emerald Lake. Glacial runoff gives her a greenish hue as if the Northern Lights were being reflected in her waters. Time permitting we’ll stop for additional pictures on the return journey.