Golden Circle
Route
Haines, AK
Skagway, AK
Yukon
WHITEHORSE
Carcross
Haines
Junction
The South Klondike Highway rolls through the Coast Mountains past deep blue waters like Tagish Lake
– YG, D. Crowe
Alpine and Coastal Tour
Enjoy the hospitality of picturesque
Carcross, the historic town on the route
to the Klondike and terminus of the White
Pass & Yukon Route railroad. You’ll drive
through the dramatic rocky landscape of
White Pass and cross the border into the
U.S. (bring your passport), before
descending to coastal Skagway, Alaska,
where you can catch a scenic ferry ride to
Haines, Alaska. Return to Canada through
the alpine heights of Haines Pass and
journey past breathtaking views of
Tatshenshini-Alsek Park and Kluane
National Park and Reserve to Haines
Junction. Check the Alaska Marine
Highway (AMH) ferry schedule and
be sure to book well in advance. AMH
Juneau ticket centre: 1-800-642-0066.
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A spectacular mountain route takes
travellers on a grand tour through
picturesque Yukon towns and alpine
passes to the Alaska Panhandle.
Regions on this Route
Southern Lakes, p.36
Whitehorse, p.44
Kluane, p.62
Route
Drive from Whitehorse to Skagway,
Alaska through the scenic White Pass,
ride the ferry to Haines and circle back
to the Yukon through Kluane country.
Distance:
600 km
Time recommended:
3 nights
Features:
Klondike Gold Rush history, Coast
Mountains, Pacific Ocean, Kluane National
Park and Reserve
Activities:
Exploring mountain and coastal
towns, sightseeing in Skagway, riding the
train and ferry, wildlife viewing, camping
and hiking in White Pass and Kluane,
Carcross and Haines Junction walking tours
Trip Planning
Places to visit:
Carcross, Skagway, Haines,
Haines Junction, Whitehorse
Distances and approximate driving times:
• Whitehorse to Skagway, Alaska:
180 km (2.5 hrs)
• Skagway to Haines via ferry:
(subject to schedule—approximately
one-hour ferry ride)
• Haines, Alaska to Haines Junction:
241 km (3.5 hrs)
• Haines Junction to Whitehorse:
158 km (2 hrs)
Highways travelled:
South Klondike Highway #2,
Haines Road #3, Alaska Marine Highway
ferry and Alaska Highway #1
Local Attractions
• White Pass
& Y
ukon Route railroad
• Skagway Museum
• Alaska Marine Highway ferry
• Chilkat Valley Eagle Preserve
• Klukshu Village
• Dä K (
Our House
) Cultural Centre
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