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Visiting Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

Visiting the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site is a bucket list experience for a lot of people. Situated along the legendary fifty-three kilometre Chilkoot Trail that takes you from the tidewaters in Dyea to the shores of Bennet Lake.  The trail is managed by Parks Canada and is the exact same trail that was tried and tested the First Nations traders and the stampeders heading north to try their luck at finding gold.  The pull off for the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site Log Cabin Rest area is located at kilometre 43.9 along the South Klondike Highway where the White Pass and Yukon Route railway crosses the highway.  There is very little left along of the once booming settlement but if you head down the railway tracks you will see remnants of some of the old buildings standing next to the train tracks.

Here are some of our photos from our visit to Parks Canada’s Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site!

25 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit Dawson City

The town of Dawson City is inseparably linked to the Klondike Gold Rush and for good reason – this real life gold rush town that looks and feels very much like it did in the 1890’s during the Klondike Gold Rush.  As you walk the streets you relive the history of the stampeders that came to Dawson in hopes of finding gold.  Set at the narrow shelf at the meeting of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers, a mere 240km south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City is still today best known for its gold mining past and present.  Today, as you drive into Dawson from the south you can see remnants of old gold fields and dredge tailings.  Wander the dirt roads of the town, passing buildings riddled with permafrost foundations that are slowly sinking into the ground and experience the rich culture of the city.  From the gold fields, Dredge No. 4 National Historic Site, the midnight dome, Diamond Tooth Gerties, the historic buildings throughout the city, S.S. Keno National Historic site and more there is so much to see in Dawson City!

View from Midnight Dome looking down on Dawson City, Yukon.

Here are 26 photos that will inspire you to visit Dawson City!

The paddlewheeler that takes people on tours of the Yukon River in Dawson City, Yukon.Diamond Tooth Gerties located in Dawson City, YukonDiamond Tooth Gertie and her dancing ladies at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall in Dawson City, Yukon.An old abandoned building located on the main streets of Dawson City, Yukon.

Arial shot of Dredge Number Four National Historic Site just outside of Dawson City, Yukon.

One of the dancing ladies at Diamond Tooth Gerties during their nightly shows in Dawson City, Yukon.The dancing cancan girls at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall in Dawson City, Yukon.Klondike Kates Cabin sign in Dawson City, Yukon.The post office located in the downtown of Dawson City, Yukon. The S.S. Keno sitting on the banks of the Yukon River in Dawson City, Yukon.CNA Photography taking a photo of the old paddlewheelers crashed on the shores of the Yukon River at the Paddlewheel Graveyard in Dawson City, Yukon.Nicole of CNA Photography in a dredge bucket outside of Dredge Number 4 National historical site outside of Dawson City, Yukon.

Two Parks Canada chairs sitting on the banks of Discovery Claim where the first gold was found that spawned the Klondike Gold Rush. View from Midnight Dome looking down on Dawson City, Yukon.

Visiting the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site

The beautiful 80 year old sternwheeler is a welcome sight as it greets visitors and residents alike as they enter the beautiful city of Whitehorse, Yukon.  The S.S. Klondike National Historic Site is a look back into the time when Whitehorse was an important hub for both transportation for the region for both miners and their families hoping to strike gold during the Klondike Gold Rush.  The S.S. Klondike would haul cargo of fuel and food as well as passengers back and forth between Dawson and Whitehorse.  This now Parks Canada National Historic Site is situated on the banks of the Yukon River in Whitehorse free for the 2017 year for those to explore.

Getting There

Walk – The S.S. Klondike is a close walk from any hotel in the city and is easy to access with the pedestrian trail that follows the Yukon River.

Transit – Whitehorse Transit bus as well as the Waterfront Trolley both stop at the sternwheeler and is an option if you prefer to take transit.

Drive – If you choose to drive to the S.S. Klondike there is plenty of parking as well as pull through pots for RV’s and trailers.

Things To Do

Self Guided Tours – Talk a step back in time as you walk onboard the S.S. Klondike that has been fully restored to look as it did in its prime in the 1940’s.  Learn about the history of the ship, the people that relied on the steamboats and why the sternwheelers were so important to the Yukon.  Pick up a self-guiding brochure for $3 in the Visitors Centre that guides you through the entire boat and makes sure you do not miss anything!

Watch The Historical Video – There is a 20 minute historical video titles ‘In the Days of the Riverboats’ that shows footage of the sternwheelers in use and teaches you about their role they played in the early days of the Yukon.  The video is shown in a white tent located to the right of the S.S. Klondike.

Find The Red Chairs – With two sets of red Parks Canada Chairs located on either side of the Sternwheeler make sure to sit in them, take a picture and share your experience at the S.S. Klondike.

The S.S. Klondike is a must visit Parks Canada Site while on your visit to Whitehorse, Yukon!

Winter at Signal Hill

The cold wind whips across the top of snow-covered Signal Hill as we step out of our truck.  Winter is a very different experience at Signal Hill National Historic Site than during the summer, but certainly no less beautiful.  Here, a fresh blanket of snow covers the ground around a path that heads to Cabot Tower.

As of January 1st 2017, Signal Hill National Historic Site is free with a Discovery Pass from Parks Canada to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.  Although the Visitors Interpretation Centre and Cabot Tower are not open in the winter (open May-October) you can still explore the grounds and experience the stunning panoramic views of St. John’s, the Narrows and possibly even sight some icebergs in the Atlantic Ocean.

The trails are not safe to hike in the winter, as they are covered in ice and snow, and can be very dangerous with the high winds that come off the ocean.  Visitors can park at the Visitor’s Interpretation Centre and take the 500m walk to the Queens Battery, but it is not recommended to take the hill down from the top of Signal Hill as you could slip and fall.

With panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean crashing into the rugged coastline where it meets the city skyline, a visit to this site in winter should be on anyone’s list. Getting a chance to see Signal Hill blanketed in snow offers a serene and peaceful sense over this iconic landmark.  Very few people make the trek up here on a cold and blustery day, so you will likely find yourself alone to enjoy the scenery.

VIDEO: Winter In Newfoundland

Join us as we share our adventures throughout the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada in our Winter in Newfoundland video! From St. John’s, Newfoundland to Gros Morne National Park we explored hundreds of kilometres of this beautiful island while it was covered in snow.  Newfoundland in Winter is an extremely peaceful experience as there are minimal tourists, the roads a picture perfect covered in snow.  While driving across Newfoundland’s Trans Canada Highways and the small town backroads, we were enchanted by the province’s beauty and charm.

From snowshoeing our way through Gros Morne National Park, watching whales play in the bay, exploring lighthouses, museums and everything Newfoundland has to offer this was an once in a lifetime trip.  Ever considered visiting Newfoundland in its off season? Watch our video and you will be inspired to do so!

Our winter adventures in Newfoundland travelling from St. John’s to Gros Morne National Park and back!