Kluane Lake has boating, fishing, camping and breathtaking vistas, all accessible from the highway
– YG, D. Crowe
Top of the World Highway
– G. Fischer
Klondike Trail of ’98
Embark on your own journey to the
goldfields on the meandering drive to
Dawson City through the Northern
Tutchone communities of Carmacks
and Pelly Crossing. You’ll feel the grit,
heartache and golden dreams of the
Klondike Gold Rush when you reach
Dawson City. This authentic gold rush
town is a lively place bursting with
historic sites, attractions and a full range
of services. After the bustle of Dawson,
take the free ferry across the Yukon River
to the Top of the World Highway. Bring
your passport, you’ll be crossing an
international border into the U.S. and
returning to Canada. Loop back to the
Yukon and continue through breathtaking
landscape to Beaver Creek, Burwash
Landing, Destruction Bay and Haines
Junction, along the edge of Kluane
National Park and Reserve.
WHITEHORSE
Stewart
Crossing
Beaver
Creek
Destruction
Bay
Haines
Junction
Pelly
Crossing
Carmacks
Burwash Landing
Chicken, AK
Tok, AK
Dawson
City
Yukon
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From gold panning to glaciers, this drive
packs many of the Yukon’s premier
attractions into one magnificent loop.
Klondike / Kluane
Loop
Regions on this Route
Whitehorse, p.44
Kluane, p.62
Klondike, p.82
Route
Drive from Whitehorse to historic
Dawson City, loop into Alaska and return
through the scenic Kluane region.
Distance:
1,435 km
Time recommended:
5 nights
Features:
Yukon River, Klondike National
Historic Sites, Kluane National Park and
Reserve
Activities:
River trip to Fort Selkirk,
Dawson City walking tour, gold mine tours
and gold panning, experiencing
First Nations culture, wildlife viewing,
day adventures in Kluane Country
Trip Planning
Places to visit:
Carmacks, Pelly Crossing,
Dawson City, Beaver Creek, Burwash Landing,
Destruction Bay, Haines Junction, Whitehorse
Distances and approximate driving times:
• Whitehorse to Dawson City: 535 km (6 hrs)
• Dawson City to Beaver Creek: 446 km (6 hrs)
• Beaver Creek to Haines Junction: 298 km
(3.5 hrs)
• Haines Junction to Whitehorse: 158 km (2 hrs)
Highways travelled:
North Klondike Highway #2,
Top of the World Highway #9,
Taylor Highway, Alaska Highway #1
Local Attractions
• Fort Selkirk Historic Site
• Big Jonathan Heritage Centre
• Dawson City Museum
• Dredge No. 4 National Historic Site
• Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre
• Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall
• Forty Mile Historic Site
• Kluane Museum of Natural History
• Mount Logan and St. Elias Icefields
• Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre
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