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What to do in Tofino When it’s Raining

Sitting along the Pacific Ocean Tofino is well known for its storms.  People flock from around the world to cozy up in their cabins and watch the storms roll off the ocean.  But what do you do in Tofino when it’s raining and you still want to get out and explore this beautiful coastal town?

Raining in Tofino

 

We had the opportunity to experience a true Tofino rain storm where it rain over 150mm of rain during the day we were planned on exploring.  Well we didn’t let a little (A LOT) of rain stop us.  The most important thing when coming to Tofino is come prepared for the rain.  Make sure to check out our post on what to pack while visiting Tofino.

Here is our guide on what to Tofino when it’s raining!

Rainforest Trail Hike

Tofino Rainforest Trail

Head to the Rainforest Trail just outside of Tofino when it’s raining.  This beautiful hike is covered under the thick canopy of the rainforest that cuts the rain significantly.  Located in Pacific Rim National Park this scenic Rainforest Trail is one of most popular hikes amongst visitors and locals alike.  The trail has two loops one on each side of the highway.  We opted to explore loop A that is a 1.2km loop on the wooden boardwalk weaves you through the rainforest with thousands of year old trees.  The loop should take you no more than an hour with stopping at each of the interpretative signs to learn as you go. On a rainy day you wont see many others out on the trail so you will have this majestic forest all to yourself.


Bundle Up and Walk the Beaches

Tofino when its raining

People come from all over the world to watch the storms – why stay inside and miss the beauty of Tofino in the rain?  Head over to Cox beach and watch the swells roll into the beach and slam against the rocks.   Go for a walk along the beach you will be surprised how many other adventurers you will find out amongst you but it will still be very peaceful!


Head to the Long Beach Lodge Resort Grab a Drink or Bite to Eat & Play Games

Long Beach Lodge Resort

Where can you go watch the rain but stay dry in Tofino when it’s raining? Head over and check out the Long Beach Lodge Resort.  Go in for a full meal or just a cup of hot chocolate or coffee to warm up! Make sure to grab a seat by the floor to ceiling windows that over look Cox beach.  Looking to spend an few hours here? Ask your server for board games – they are tucked away but they would be happy to pull them out for you!


Go Surfing

Tofino in Rain

You get wet when you go surfing so it doesn’t matter whether its raining or not! Book a beginning surf lessions with one of the may companies that offer beginingers surf lessions or if you have surfed before rent a board and go hit the waves!


Go Whale Watching

Looking for an excursion in Tofino when it’s raining that takes you out on an adventure? Whale watching goes out rain or shine (as long as the storms arnt too bad – call your tour operator before you head over).  The whales don’t appear based on the weather so head out on a covered boat or if your brave in one of the zodiac boats for an experience you wont soon forget.


Head to Tacofino

Tacofino

Tacofino is open rain or shine and this is an experience you need to have before you leave Tofino.  Offering a variety of tacos, burritos and more this is THE place to get tacos in the city.   Surprisingly enough the line on a rainy day to get a taco was equally as long as it is on a sunny day.  Getting a taco should be on your bucket list during your visit to Tofino.


Go Puddle Jumping

Why not play in the rain? Relive your childhood a bit and go for a jump in these massive puddles! We had so much fun jumping around in the puddles and you should too!  Head outside in Tofino when it’s raining with your rainboots and make sure to have some fun!

Tofino Puddle Jumping


Tofino when it's raining

Ultimate Packing Guide for Tofino

The beautiful coastal town of Tofino is well known for its epic storms that roll off the Pacific Ocean.  Your trip to Tofino can be sun filled or equally beautiful with its moody rain storms.  It is really important when packing for your trip to make sure you are ready so you can enjoy your time here rain or shine.  When preparing your packing guide for Tofino make sure to check the weather forecast and be prepared for all types of weather since you will be on the coast.

Packing Guide for Tofino

Make sure to check out our guide on what to do in Tofino when it is raining to be sure you don’t miss out on any of the great experiences Tofino has to offer!

We have prepared our packing guide for Tofino so you are sure to be ready when you visit!

Everyday Packing Guide for Tofino

Packing Guide for Tofino

Tofino is known as a surftown and their attire reflects that with its relaxed lifestyle and casual attire that is accepted everywhere throughout the city.  Be prepared to dress in layers as the tempature can change throughout the day and with a change in the weahter as well.  Make sure to pack light weight shirts, sweaters or a fleece layer, warm socks, hat and mitts and a hair tie to help keep your hair from blowing around in the wind.


How to Prepare for the Rain

Tofino when its raining

To make sure you are well prepared for the possible rain make sure you pack a waterproof jacket, rain boots, rain pants if you plan on going outside.  A spare change of clothes is also recommended considering you may soak through your gear depending on how long you spend outside.  If you forgot to bring a part of your rain gear we highly recommend heading over to the Tofino Pharmacy located at 360 Campbell Street right in the downtown and they have everything you could need from rain boots, rain jackets and pants to food, souvenirs and more.  To top it all off Tofino Pharmacy is incredibly well priced for their rain gear – we both got a pair of rain pants for $30/each!


Hiking in Tofino

Hiking in Tofino

Planning on heading out for a hike in Tofino? Make sure to have hiking boots or sturdy running shoes.  If any of your shoes are waterproof or have waterproof soles that is even better as if it is not raining the trails could still be wet or muddy and no one likes wet feet!  Make sure to bring water and a snack on the trails with you as some of the hikes are quite long and you could find yourself in need of a drink or snack and there are no conveniences along the trails.  A hat and sunglasses are ideal on sunny days and a rain jacket or wind breaker are a good idea to bring with you if there is rain in the forecast.

Top 6 Things to do in Carcross, Yukon

Carcross, the charming lakeshore village that is teeming with gold-rush and First Nations history is only a short 40 minute drive away from Whitehorse.  Its name may lead you to believe it is a hotspot for automobiles it is actually a shortened form of the name Caribou Crossing.  This name came from the herds of Caribou that once migrated through the narrow strip of land between Bennett and Nares lakes in the days prior to the gold rush.    This quaint town is booming with history and is just waiting for tourists to stop in and visit.  From the home of Skookum Jim, one of the men credited with finding gold that spawned the Klondike Gold Rush, the oldest operating building in the Yukon, the worlds smallest desert and so much more Carcross, Yukon has so much to offer.

Here are the top 6 things to do while visiting Carcross, Yukon!

Carcross Desert

Carcross is home to the worlds smallest desert – one beautiful mile of rolling sand dunes.  Although technically not a real desert as the area is considered too humid, this geological anomaly is a must see sight while in Carcross.  Approximately 10,000 years ago the great ice sheets that covered the majority of North America began to melt and ice dams created a series of glacial lakes that submerges some valleys under as much as 300 metres of melt water.  The glacial Lake Watson disappeared during this time and with the Watson Lake cut through the bottom sediments now allows for sand and silk into Bennet lake.  This constant supply of sand makes the Carcross Desert a very unique and dynamic system.


Mathew Watson General Store

The historic Matthew Watson General Store was built in 1898 as the Vandome Hotel and was eventually converted over to the Matthew Watson General Store.  This is the oldest continually running business in the Yukon Territory.  The Watson family ran the store for many years and it still is open and operating today.


Sternwheeler SS Tutshi Remains

The SS Tutshi was built by the British Yukon Navigation Company in 1917 at Carcross and was in service until 1955.  In 1971 the SS Tutshi began a restoration project to bring it back to its original beauty when it caught fire near the end of the restoration.  The skeletal frame and what was left of the sternwheeler is left sitting along the lakeshore in Carcross with a wooden frame show casing what the ship would have looked like if it remained whole today.


Visit the Duchess

The Duchess was once part of a matched set – her and her partner, the Duke were built in 1878 to haul coal and then later tourism.  She went out of service in 1919 and moved to Carcross for all to see in 1950 where she has stayed ever since.


Visit Carcross Commons

Make sure to spend sometime exploring the Carcross Commons with 20 artisans that make unique and locally made souvenirs.  This unique retail village features beautifully, hand crafted Tlingit-inspired totem poles, jewellery, art and much more.  Grab a bite to eat or drink or just explore the beautifully decorated shops.


Visit St. Saviour’s Church

This quaint white church was formed in 1901 and is one of the earliest influences of Chirstianity in ths area.  Sookum Jim’s daughter, Daisy Mason, was the first person to be baptized in this which is 1901.  The actual white uilding was build in 1094 and was floated across the river in 1917 to its current resting plae.  The church still holds service every first and third Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

What to Expect When Visiting Kluane National Park & Reserve

The beautiful Kluane National Park and Reserve located in Canada’s Yukon Territory is almost 22,000 square kilometers of protected land filled with untouched wilderness.  Home to vast wilderness of glaciers and towering snow covered peaks, Canada’s highest mountains as well as some of the world’s largest and the world’s largest non-polar icefield.  With virtually no development beyond Kathleen Lake Campground and a few scattered backcountry campsites, Kluane National Park and Reserve is one of the world’s greatest nature preserves.  Kluane National Park & Reserve is a must-see for adventure seekers, hikers in search of grand vistas, a place that offers unlimited solitude and boundless nature.

Aerial View of Kluane National Park
Here is our guide to visiting Kluane National Park & Reserve!

Information about Kluane National Park & Reserve

Kluane National Park is combined with Northern British Columbia’s Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park and Alaska’s Wrangell St. Elias and Glacier Bay National Parks to form the world’s largest tract of protected land.  This massive area of untouched wilderness has been dubbed Kluane/Wrangell-St.Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek UNESCO World Heritage Complex.  This area is home to the world’s largest non-polar glacier icefield, an active earthquake zone that averages 3 tremors a day (which largely go unnoticed) and has one of the most famous landmarks in the area – Canada’s tallest peak.  Mount Logan, Canada’s tallest mountain, standing at 5,959 metres high is a must see for adventure seekers and one of the only ways to see this snow covered giant is by taking a flight like we did into the heart of the mountain range. 

View of Kluane National Park from the Air

Getting to Kluane National Park & Reserve

Located in the southwest corner of the Yukon, 160 kilometres west of Whitehorse lies Kluane National Park & Reserve.  Access to the national park  from Haines Junction a good place to call basecamp for your adventures while in the area and it makes for easy access as it is located right on the Alaska Highway.  There are multiple pulloffs along the Alaska Highway that are starting points for both day hikes and multi-day trips but to access the parks interior is not as easy as driving through it.  Kluane National Park & Reserve’s interior is only accessible by a multi-day hike along rugged trails or by taking a flightseeing tour. 

Alaska Highway Going Around Kluane National Park

Where to Stay in Kluane National Park & Reserve

There is only a 39-site campground located at Kathleen Lake for accommodations within the park.  The campground runs on a first-come-first-serve basis and reservations cannot be made ahead of time.  All 39 spacious sites can accommodate tents and RV’s of all sizes.  Amenities include bear boxes, pit toilets, water for cooking and views that are unlike any other place you have stayed before.  To read all about our experience camping at Kathleen Lake click here!

View of Kathleen Lake from Campsite 26

What to do in Kluane National Park & Reserve

There are so many activities to do in the national park you could spend days here and not do them all! Of course all activities are outdoors but they can be done rain or shine if you choose.  The hiking is by far the most popular activitiy to do in the park that range from 0.6km to 98km.  A list of all the day and multi-day hikes can be found here on Parks Canada’s website. 

Exploring Kathleen Lake

Another great activity to do in the park if you have a few hours is take a flightseeing tour into the heart of the St. Elias Mountains.  This is one of the only ways to see Kluane in its entirety and the best way to do it if you only have a few hours! We went up with Icefield Discovery and it was hands down one of the best experiences of our lives.  Here is our photo guide of our tour with Icefield Discovery flightseeing over the St. Elias Mountains and landing on the world’s largest non-polar icefield in front of Mount Logan.  Make sure to watch our video below of our trip up in the Helio Courier soaring 6000 feet in the air!

Glacier Flightseeing Over Kluane National Park

Flightseeing through the Saint Elias Mountains over Kluane National Park and Reserve towards North America’s tallest and largest mountain, Mt Logan, was the adventure of a lifetime.  As we travelled down the Alaska Highway towards the dirt airfield that is home to Icefield Discovery, we couldn’t help but be excited – we were going to get to see the beautiful Kluane National Park and Reserve from the air, which really is one of the best ways to experience this breathtaking National Park.

The glacier flightseeing tour with Icefield Discovery over the park is such a special trip as many people never reach the south-west corner of the Yukon Territory to experience it.  Icefield Discovery has been operating out of the region for over 30 years now initially supporting research needs to discover and understand the mountain region and beyond.  Overtime Icefield Discovery branched out to include flights for climbers and flightseeing for tourism.

As we rolled in to the airfield we were met by Tom who would be our pilot and the individual who would be instrumental in providing us with one of the coolest experiences we have ever done!  We quickly got all of our gear ready for our flight (GoPro, Osmo, two Nikon D610 cameras) and could not wait to take off!  Tom took us over the flight plan – we would fly over the St. Elias Mountains passing many of the main peeks along the way including Mt. Steele, Vancouver, King George, Kennedy, Hubbard, Lucania, Pinnacle, Mt. St. Elias and lastly would land in front of Mt. Logan, North Americas largest peak, on the worlds largest non-polar icefield.  Did you know that a glacier is only called a glacier when moving through a valley? Otherwise it is called an icefield!

Chris jumped in the front seat next to Tom and I got in the backseat behind them! I was happy to sit behind the two of them so I could take photos from both sides of the plane.  Our bright yellow Helio Courier C-GXFB headed towards the end of the runway, spun around and we were off in the air!

As we took off we were immediately greeted with views of Kluane Lake and Williscoft Peak.

We began to climb up the Slims River Valley, something that now looks like a dried up river bed was once the place where the glacier’s meltwater drained into Kluane Lake.  In 2016 this glacier receded turning the meltwater towards the Pacific ocean and drying up the Slims River.

Slims River Valley

Shortly after climbing through the Slims River Valley we entered into the Kaskawulsh Glacier which appeared to go on forever.  This vast, temperate valley glacier in the heart of the St. Elias Mountain Range covers more than 39,000 square kilometres.  The Kaskawulsh Glacier is a result of two converging outlet glaciers and has been measured as wide as 4 – 6.5km at its boardest point.  The glacier has slowly been receding, which resulted in the meltwater changing from draining down the Slims River to towards the Pacific Ocean.

Kaskawulsh Glacier
Kaskawulsh Glacier

Kaskawulsh Glacier

Kaskawulsh Glacier
Kaskawulsh Glacier
Kaskawulsh Glacier
Kaskawulsh Glacier

As we soar over the Kaskwulsh Glacier and head west towards Mt. Logan the snowy mountains that had been sitting in the distance finally came into full view!  These beautiful snow covered mountains against the bright blue sky make for a stunning view!

View from the Cockpit

We followed the glacier bends and turns and we were shortly in the heart of the snowy white St. Elias Mountain Range.  The mountains appear to go on forever with peaks of various size everywhere, and then Mount Logan came into view! All 11 peaks of Canadas highest mountain, Mount Logan, were in view during our morning flightseeing tour.

Mount Logan in the Distance

Mount Logan is surrounded by other giants including Mount Kennedy and Mount Washington both standing at over 5000 metres tall.  We really felt like we were on the top of the world, and we began our descent down onto the icefield.  Tom began to lower the skis for landing – one that was much smoother than we initially expected for landing on a rough icefield!

Coming in for landing on the Icefield in front of Mount Logan

Once we exited the plane, the complete silence other than the wind whistling through the mountains was like nothing else we had ever experienced.  There was no one else on the icefield with us, and to our right was a white and orange tent used for overnight experiences offered through Icefield Discovery.  We explored the area and enjoyed the warm sun beating down on the frozen icefield.

Icefield Discovery Helio Couier on the Icefield
Chris & Icefield Discovery Helio Couier on the Icefield

Icefield Discovery Helio Couier on the Icefield
Mount Logan
Chris & Nicole with Icefield Discovery Helio Couier on the Icefield
Nicole & Icefield Discovery Helio Couier on the Icefield

We spent about 30 minutes on the icefield which was the perfect amount of time to see everything within a close walk of the plane.  Standing on ice that is over 700 metres thick, and seeing areas that no man has ever walked before is an experience you will not soon forget.

Heading away from Mount Logan with Tom and Chris in the Front

As we re-board the plane and have an incredibly smooth take off, we say goodbye to Mount Logan and head towards Icefield Discovery’s hangar.  We take a similar route back, but this time Tom takes us much lower to the ground so we can get a different perspective of the Kaskawulsh Glacier and surrounding mountain range.

Flying over the Kaskawulsh Glacier
Pools of Glacial Ice on the Kaskawulsh Glacier

The ever changing Kaskawulsh Glacier has thousands of cracks, ridges and even pools of bright, turquoise blue pools.  These turquoise pools are rich in oxygen making the water turn this colour.

After we re-enter the Slim River Valley we are almost back in Silver City at the Icefield Discovery airstrip.  We fly over Kluane Lake.

Flying over Kluane Lake
Flying over Kluane Lake

As we land back on the dirt airstrip another group is waiting for Tom to take them on their own adventure of a lifetime.  We could not thank Tom and the Icefield Discovery team enough for such an incredible adventure!  Without a doubt this was the highlight of our road trip through the Yukon and should be a bucket list item for everyone travelling through the territory.

As we leave the plane we can see the excitement in the next group’s eyes – we turn to them and say “Have fun your going to love it!’ – How couldn’t they? It’s the ultimate ride of a lifetime.


Make sure to watch the video of our flightseeing trip below!

Staying at Kathleen Lake in Kluane National Park

The beautiful campground of Kathleen Lake in Kluane National Park just outside of Haines Junction is one of those bucket list places you will never forget.  The only place to camp inside Kluane National Park it is a highly sought out place for campers to spend a night or a week.  Situated amongst the thick aspen and spruce forest and steps away from the crystal clear Kathleen Lake the each of the 39 sites are large and all unique.  We had the opportunity to spend a night in Kathleen Lake and would go back in a heartbeat!

Here is our experience camping in Kathleen Lake, Kluane National Park & Reserve, Yukon!

What is the best campsite in Kathleen Lake?

We always like to do a lot of research on the campgrounds before we head out on a road trip to know which are the best spots in the campground with great views!  In Kathleen Lake there are three highly coveted sites that give you an incredible view of Kathleen Lake.  Additional to the view the fire pits are located away from the parking spot and there is lots of room for your tent or RV.  Which sites are these? They are sites 25, 26 and 27.  Site 27 is considered the most beautiful campsite in the world but don’t be discouraged if its full as the ones around it also have the same unparalleled view! We had the opportunity to stay in site 26 and could not believe our luck or the views we had all throughout the day.


Fees & Amenities at Kathleen Lake

With the 39 site campground make sure to arrive early to get a good spot or a spot at all during the summer seasons. With not being able to make a reservation Kathleen Lake runs on a first come first serve basis.  When you arrive make sure to grab one of the envelopes at the self-registration stand which you can either put cash into or put your credit card number down.  Campsites, per night, per site costs $15.70 CAD and firewood is $8.80 per day.  If you are interested in back country camping the overnight per person fee is $9.80.

Each of the campsites have large new wooden picnic tables, bear-proof garbage bins and bear-proof food lockers and firepits.  All sites are well spaced out, on gravel and there is lots of trees and undergrowth around each site to provide lots of privacy.

This is an unserviced campground with no electric or water hook ups and there is very little to no cell reception.  Water is available at taps but they do not recommend you drink it unless boiled first.  There is also no laundry, dump station.


What to do in Kathleen Lake

Kathleen Lake Campground is situated right on the edge of the lake that shares the name with the campground.  You do not have to venue very far into the park for some breathtaking mountain scenery in Kluane National Park.  The day use area has a beach where you can swim in the lake as well as there is plenty of hiking from 0.5 km to 96km long!  If you are looking to experience the interior of Kluane National Park the only way to do so is either an overnight multi-day hike or by taking a flightseeing tour like we did!

Beaver Creek to Haines Junction

As we left Alaska and headed back into the Yukon, Canada we encountered some incredible landscapes between Beaver Creek and Haines Junction.  Some of our favourite memories are spent while on the road with some of the landscapes that sit on either side of the highway.  You will frequently see us pulled over at a rest stop or on the side of the highway taking photos of these amazing landscapes! From the time we crossed the boundary line between Alaska and the Yukon to reaching Beaver Creek, Canada’s most westerly community, we knew we were in for an amazing drive.  Beaver Creek sits about 300km northwest of Haines Junction with the Alaska Highway being the only major road to connect the two cities.  As we travelled southeast down the Alaska Highway the Saint Elias Mountains begin to grow bigger and bigger as you drive towards Kluane National Park.

Below are some of the photos from our drive between Beaver Creek and Haines Junction!

Driving the Top of the World Highway

The Top of the World Highway is one of the most scenic drives you will ever take.  Connecting Dawson City, Yukon to Tok, Alaska this winding road highway will take you through mountains ranges and offer a truly breathtaking drive.  The Top of the World Highway is 301km long and crosses a the Little Gold/Poker Creek Boarder Crossing from the Yukon to Alaska, which is the most northern international border crossing in all of North America.  It only takes a few minutes to leave Dawson City and realize where the name of the highway comes from.

This remote northern highway will allow you to find relics of the gold rush abandoned on the side of the road and throughout towns.


What To See Along the Top of the World Highway

Gold Rush History

The abandoned Cowden dredge located 3km east of Chicken down a 4.5km woodland trail begining at Mile marker 68.3 along the highway.  There is also the Pedro Dredge right in the town of Chicken that hosts guided tours daily during the summer season.

Viewpoints Along the Highway

There are so many pulloffs along the highway that give you those breathtaking views you can see along the highway.  Spend some time to pull over and take in the view.


Services & Amenities

Being a remote northern highway, the Top of the World Highway has long distances between services including fuel, food and accommodation. Fuel, food and accommodation are only available in Dawson City, Chicken and Tok.  The drive between Dawson City and Tok are 300 km and roughly seven hours depending on the conditions of the road.


Poker Creek Boarder Crossing

The Poker Creek Boarding Crossing along with the Top of the World Highway is open May to mid-September and will close upon first snowfall.  For exact dates of opening and closing call the information centre in Dawson City at 1-867-993-5566.  The northernmost international border crossing in North America and also the one at the highest elevator at 1,258m is open seven days a week and operates 8:00am – 8:00pm Alaska Standard Time Zone.


What to Expect While Driving The Top of the World Highway

The winding highway provides with seemingly never ending views of the mountains way off in the distance (hence the name Top of the World Highway).  For much of the 127 km between Dawson City and junction with the Taylor Highway the Top of the World Highway climbs along high points of a series of ridges far above the treeline.  The highway was originally paved (chipsealed) in the late 1990’s, the chipseal has not been maintained and as of 2013 half of it is now gravel.  The Canadian side of the highway is much smoother and allows for you to move at the speed limit up until about 10 miles after the US border crossing where it turns to gravel.  The Top of the World Highway has several steep drops on the Canadian side and provides breath taking views at the top of each hill.  Once crossed into the USA the roads turn into more narrow and winding mountain roads that will force you to go slow but there is often little traffic and you can take your time.

There is only one official campground on the Top of the World Highway which is right at the beginning of the highway at the ferry crossing in West Dawson.  Although there is only one official spot to camp there are many large parking areas where you can pull over and park overnight.  The next accommodation spot in Chicken, the coolest little town in Alaska!

Make sure to take the time to experience those seemingly never ending views of the mountains way off in the distance, pull over and take a photo and just take in the view.  This is a once in a lifetime drive you will never forget!

Visiting Tombstone Territorial Park: A Photo Guide

Tombstone Territorial Park, located just an hour and a half outside of Dawson City on the Dempster Highway is a must see for all those heading north in the Yukon.  The all weather road drives you right into the heart of Tombstone Territorial Park with lots of opportunities for pull offs to look at the every changing views.  The ever-changing landscape is home to unique rugged peaks, permafrost landforms and an abundance of wildlife.  Situated on the Tr’ondek Hwech’in land claim agreement and lies completely in their traditional territory the park is rich in First Nations culture.

With 5 day hikes and many more overnight / back country hikes there is much more to see of Tombstone than what you can see from the road.  Make sure to stop in at the Tombstone Interpretive Centre (located one hour north of the North Klondike Highway Turnoff) to pick up hiking maps and learn more about the area.  Unfortunately, we did not get to spend as much time exploring the park as we initially had planned as we got a flat tire on our truck and spent several hours waiting for help to repair the tire.

With 2,200 square kilometres Tombstone Territorial Park offers stunning views of arctic tundra landscapes, wildlife and incredible hiking.  This iconic Yukon landscape known for its memorable black granite peaks, idyllic alpine lakes and subarctic tundra landscapes makes it a bucket list item for travellers worldwide.

Here is our Photo Guide to Tombstone Territorial Park!

Things To Know Before Visiting Tombstone Territorial Park:

  • There is no cell service in the park
  • The nearest gas, food and lading are at Dawson City in the south and Eagle Plains 369km to the North
  • Make sure you start your trip with a full tank of gas
  • Make sure the spare tire on your vehicle is in good condition and you have a repair kit to be able to assist you

Top 10 Reasons To Visit Dawson City

Dawson City is the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush.  The town feels frozen in time and invites you to turn back the pages in time and experience the rich living history.  With many of the original buildings still standing from the gold rush there is the look and feel of a true wild-west town with the personalities to boot.  First Nations, Miners, Artists, Hikers and more still call this place home.


The View From the Top of the Midnight Dome

Located just outside of town, drive the winding Dome Road for 10-15 minutes up to the top where you will be greeted with panoramic views of Dawson City and the surrounding landscape.  The Midnight Dome, at 880m above sea levels offers unparalleled views of the Klondike Valley, the Yukon River, and Dawson City.


Explore The Paddlewheel Graveyard

Crashed into the banks of the Yukon River across from Dawson City and left to sit and become a playground for adventurers, this Paddlewheel Graveyard is a unique piece of history in the Yukon.  Tucked hidden amongst the Spruce Trees on the west bank of the Yukon River, several paddlewheelers have been left here in their final resting place after many years of handwork on the Yukon River.  The paddlewheelers that were once the primary mode of transportation for the Yukon were abandoned once highways and roads became a viable option throughout the territory.  These once beautiful ships now linger waiting for you to explore their collapsed wooden structures and rotting struts.  To read all out the Paddlewheel Graveyard make sure to check out our post!


Gamble at Canada’s First Casino

Play your odds at Canada’s oldest, quaint one-room gambling hall! Diamond Tooth Gerties offers three Cancan shows telling the story of the first stampeders to find gold and lots of opportunity to strike it rich in Dawson!  Lots of fun can be had at Diamond Tooth Gerties located at 4th & Queen Street.  To read all about our night at Diamond Tooth Gerties make sure to check it out here!


Join the Sourtoe Cocktail Club

Head over to the Sourdough Saloon between 9-11PM each night to join the ranks of the daring and adventurous few who have sipped the Sourtoe Cocktail.  The toe (an actual preserved human toe) much touch your lips while you take a shot of your choice liquor.  It is must do or at least see while in Dawson City.


Visit the Historic buildings with Parks Canada

Many of the buildings throughout the town are deemed a national historic site by Parks Canada.  Take a walking tour offered by Parks Canada to learn the history of Dawson City.  Another option as you explore the town is to stop at each of the homes and find their detailed story on a plaque outside each of the buildings.  Make sure to check out the Robert Service Heritage Cabin, Berton House and Jack London Museum to name a few!


Explore the S.S. Keno National Historic Site

The S.S. Keno National Historic Site invites you to step into an era when the Yukon’s rivers were the highways for the territory and the sternwheelers were the main means of transportation, trade and really the only contact with the outside world.  Take a step onto the gangplank and experience what a typical riverboat of the era looked like and its roles.  Located on the Dawson City waterfront the S.S. Keno National Historic Site is open mid-May until mid-September.


Klondike Spirit

Take a cruise on the Yukon River aboard the only operating paddlewheeler in the Yukon.  This nostalgic journey along the Yukon River will teach you about the history of Dawson City, show you stunning landscapes along the river and the historical site of Moosehide.  The Klondike Spirit runs several times a day – for exact times and pricing call the Triple J Hotel!


Visit Dredge No. 4 National Historic Site

Dredges were the behemoth machines of gold mining and they owned and roamed the creeks of the Klondike until the early 1960’s.  Dredge No. 4 National Historic Site in Bonanza Creek is the worlds largest wooden hull dredge.  This Parks Canada National Historic Site now sits on Claim 17 where she sank in November 1960.  This beautiful restored dredge now offers summertime tours to give you an insight into what gold mining back during the Klondike was like.  To read all about visiting Dredge No. 4 National Historic Site make sure to read our guide here!


Visit Where It All Began – Discovery Claim

In 1896 three men searched Bonanza Creek and found gold there on August 17.  Finding gold in the creek would ultimately be the start of the gold frenzy that would see over 28,000 people come to Dawson City in hopes of becoming rich.  Take a drive out to the original claim site where gold was found, sit in the Parks Canada red Adirondack chairs and imagine what life would have been like there over one hundred years ago.  To read all about Discovery Claim make sure to read our post here!


Try Your Luck at Panning for Gold

Why not try your own luck in the place that started the Klondike Gold Rush! You can try your luck at Claim #6 where you can have an authentic panning experience.  With no pans or instructors onsite, come prepared with your own pan to find a spot along Bonanza Creek and hopefully find some gold.  Everything you find at Free Claim #6 you get to keep yourself!  If you are looking for somewhere with a little more instruction, head over to Claim #33 where you can have someone walk you through hand panning and gold is guaranteed to be found!


With so many things to do in Dawson City which one will you choose to do first?