The Klondike Gold Rush was one of the most colourful events in Canadian history. Be sure to experience the Heart of the Gold Rush, historic Dawson City, and other Yukon communities along the North Klondike Highway, for an unforgettable Yukon adventure this summer.
Learn about rich First Nations culture in Carmacks, Pelly Crossing, Fort Selkirk and the mighty Five Finger Rapids and experience firsthand what the gold seekers saw as they made their way down the Yukon River in search of fame and fortune.
For great fishing, camping and wildlife-viewing opportunities, take a trip along the Robert Campbell Highway, or travel the Silver Trail, which runs along the Stewart River east past many prime camping and swimming spots to the historic communities of Mayo and Keno City.
Once back on the North Klondike Highway, head on to Dawson City where dirt streets, boardwalks and historic boomtown buildings give you a true taste of the Wild West. Take a walking tour, sample the wares at the many local restaurants, discover Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall and golf under the summer’s lingering late-night sun.
From Dawson, the open road awaits with a drive up the Dempster Highway to breathtaking Tombstone Territorial Park and the Arctic Circle. This 741-km gravel road traverses through the land of the Gwich'in, past the Ogilvie and Richardson Mountains and the sparkling Mackenzie Delta before reaching its destination at Inuvik, N.W.T.
No matter which road you choose, stay informed with the latest Yukon road conditions, by visiting http://www.511yukon.ca/ or contact one of the six Yukon Visitor Information Centres for current travel information.
Beaver Creek Visitor Information Centre (867) 862-7321
Carcross Visitor Information Centre (867) 332-3053
Dawson City Visitor Information Centre (867) 993-5566
Haines Junction Visitor Information Centre (867) 634-2345
Watson Lake Visitor Information Centre (867) 536-7469
Whitehorse Visitor Information Centre (867) 667-3084
For more information on Yukon’s scenic drives, including the Alaska Highway, Campbell/Canol Route, Dempster, Golden Circle Route, Klondike/Kluane Loop, Silver Trail and Southern Lakes Circuit, go to: http://travelyukon.com/thingstodo/yukonscenicdrives.
To find out about the many festivals and events taking place across Yukon this summer, go to: http://travelyukon.com/thingstodo/funyukoneventsfestivals.
For a listing of cultural historic and cultural attractions, go to: http://travelyukon.com/thingstodo/historicandculturalattractions.