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Driving the Golden Circle – Alaska & Yukon

There is no better way to see some of the most scenic highways in Alaska, Northern British Columbia and the Yukon than driving the Golden Circle Tour.  Encounter snow covered mountains, majestic fjords, well maintained roads, plentiful wildlife and so much more.  The tour can start from Haines, Whitehorse or Haines Junction or anywhere in between!  We started the loop in Whitehorse, Yukon where you travel west along the Alaska Highway towards Haines Junction, Yukon.  From Haines Junction, Yukon you travel through British Columbia along the Haines Highway to Haines, Alaska.  To get from Haines to Skagway, Alaska you have to take the ferry to cross the scenic Lynn Canal.  Then from Skagway you head north along the famous Klondike Highway back to Whitehorse.  Below is a detailed breakdown of all the places to stop along the beautiful Golden Circle Tour!


Whitehorse, Yukon

Start your Golden Circle Tour journey is Whitehorse, Yukon.  The capital city of the Yukon has so much to offer sitting along the bank of the mighty Yukon River.  From the steaming Takhini Hot Springs,  the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, Miles Canyon and   the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site there are so many things you will not want to miss in this vibrant city.  Here is our travel guide to visiting Whitehorse, Yukon to make sure all your questions are covered during your stop in Wilderness City.  Make sure to check out our Top 13 Things to do in Whitehorse, Yukon so you don’t miss a thing.  The hub of the Yukon has everything you need for a single night or multi night stop over including great restaurants, hotels, groceries and more.  The next stop on the Golden Circle Tour is Haines Junction, Yukon.


Haines Junction, Yukon

As you head long the Alaska Highway towards Haines Junction the snowy mountains of the St. Elias Mountian range will begin to come into view and offer an incredible view.  While in Haines Junction make sure to spend a day visiting Kluane National Park & Reserve.  From the many hiking trails in the area to the flightseeing tours that taking you soaring 6000 feet over the mountain tops your visit to Haines Junction will leave you speechless.  On your way out of town make sure to stop in Yukon’s largest ghost town, Silver City.  Haines Junction is where the Alaska and Haines Highway meet, next head down the Haines Highway for a drive you will never forget to Haines, Alaska.


Haines, Alaska

As you travel down the Haines Highway from Haines Junction, Yukon to Haines, Alaska on the Golden Circle Tour you cross through northern British Columbia.  The drive down the highway takes you along the border of Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site dubbed the Kluane/Wrangell-St.Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alesk UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Once you have arrived in Haines, Alaska ensure to check out the Bald Eagle Preserve, go bear watching around Chilkoot Lake and enjoy the beauty the adventure capital – Haines! Your next stop on the Golden Circle Tour is taking the ferry from Haines to Skagway.  The ferry terminal is located right in the harbour of the town and can either take the pedestrian fast ferry or the Alaska Marine Highway System that transports cars across the Lynn Canal.


Skagway

Once you have crossed the majestic fjords of the Lynn Canal on the ferry from Haines to Skagway you arrive in the gold rush town of Skagway, Alaska.  Make sure to spend a least a day in Skagway to enjoy the rich Klondike Gold Rush history.  Skagway was the boomtown gateway to the Trail of ’98 and the Klondike Gold Fields.  Skagway is the northern-most point in Alaska’s Inside Passage.  Home to the White Pass and Yukon Route one of Alaska’s most popular visitor attractions, as well as the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park and many more historical landmarks that bring the Klondike Gold Rush back to life for each and every visitor.  Take a step back in time and experience what it was like for each and everyone of the fortune-seekers that headed north in search of fortune and the new frontier.


Drive Back to Whitehorse

From Skagway you are less than three hours drive back to Whitehorse.  As you drive northbound on the Klondike Highway towards Whitehorse this highway takes you along the historical gold rush route.  You will be crossing back through the Canadian Border in Fraser, British Columbia make sure to pull over and take in the scenery and ever go for a quick kayak ride before you continue on towards Whitehorse.  Make sure to stop mid-way in Carcross for incredible First Nations culture as visit the worlds smallest desert!

 

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.

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!

All Aboard the White Pass and Yukon Route Train!

Hop aboard the vintage passenger coaches of the White Pass and Yukon Route train and enjoy one of the most spectacular trains rides you will ever take.  From breathtaking panoramas of mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, trestles, tunnels and so much more!  This narrow gauge railway that runs from Skagway, Alaska to Carcross, Yukon Territory is designated as an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and it is easy to see why.

Here is our experience riding the White Pass and Yukon Route Train!

History of the White Pass and Yukon Route

The White Pass and Yukon Route was built in 1898-1900 during the height of the Klondike Gold Rush to open up a transportation network in the north.  The railway was considered an impossible task but was successfully built in only 26 months and opened on July 29, 1900.  The White Pass and Yukon Route became a fully integrated transportation company, provided essential infrastructure servicing the freight and passenger requirements of Alaska and the Yukon’s population and mining industry. The White Pass and Yukon Route suspended their operations in 1982 when the mining industry in the Yukon collapsed due to low mineral prices, but was reopened in 1988 as a seasonal tourism operation.  It is easy to see why the White Pass and Yukon Route is Alaska’s most popular shore excursion that carries over 400,000 passengers each season (May-September).  The White Pass and Yukon Route offers lots of combinations of tours from day trips, hiker services, one way train trips and train and motorcoach trips to see which one suites you the best you can visiting the White Pass and Yukon Route website. 


White Pass Summit Excursion

The White Pass summit excursion takes you on this fourty mile round trip excursion that climbs from Skagway to the Summit of the White Pass Mountain at 2,865 feet.  The tour is narrated by a guide that can be heard throughout the train and is very helpful pointing out when and where you should be taking photos!  Passing by several waterfalls including Bridal Veil Falls and other areas of interest include Inspiration Point and Dead Horse Gulch .  This three hour train ride will keep you interested the entire way passing through glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites.  You see throughout your journey the original Klondike Trail of ’98 that thousands of men attempted to climb to try and find gold in the Yukon.


What To Expect on the White Pass Summit Excursion

Choose either side of the train when you walk into the vintage car as both sides of the train offers breathtaking views.  Some people declare that if they don’t sit on the left side of the train they will miss out on all the grand views but sitting on the right side offers views of the waterfalls, the upcoming bends and much more.  Regardless of what side you choose to sit from you get to switch sides on the way back down so don’t miss watching the view from either side on this round trip!

Make sure to have your camera handy and don’t be afraid to go outside to the front or back of each of the cars to capture all the picturesque landscapes and historic landmarks on the journey to the summit and back.

Make sure to bring some food on the train as you will be on there for three to three and a half hours and they do not offer any food for sale.  There is free bottled water on the train for everyone to drink!


Here are some photos from our White Pass and Yukon Route White Pass Summit Excursion!

Visiting Haines, Alaska

Haines, Alaska is a small town with big heart.  So many things to do in this beautiful mountainous town it is a must stop on your journey to either British Columbia or Alaska.  From spectacular hikes, wildlife viewing to relaxing in a quaint coffee shop and enjoy the scenery.  This charming port town on the Chilkat Inlet is perfect for both land and sea based exploration.  Haines is known as the ‘Adventure Capital of Alaska and it is easy to see why! Below are our top things to do while visiting this beautiful port town of Haines, Alaska.


Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site

Located only 8 miles south of Haines on Mud Bay Road this incredibly scene state park is a must see while visiting Haines.  One of the best places to see grizzly bears eating salmon out of the river is right here in the park.   Make sure to drive to the end of the road in the park that follows the river to the beautiful emerald green Chilkoot Lake where you can rent canoes, kayaks or even try your hand at fishing.


Bear Viewing

Nothing provides a thrill quite like seeing bears in their nature habitat.  In Haines you can find black bears and grizzly bears.  Bears can be found anywhere throughout the Chilkat Valley but there are specific areas that are better known for optimal bear viewing.  The Chilkoot Lake and Chilkoot River offer some of the best bear viewing in Alaska.  The bears can be found anywhere along the river but often are seen on the bridge pulling salmon right out of the river.  To see all our photos from our bear viewing in Chilkoot Lake make sure to check them out here!


Take the Ferry to Skagway for a Day Trip

Take the fast ferry for pedestrian serve between Haines and Skagway during the summer season to visit the gold rush town of Skagway. There is plenty to do in Skagway including mining for gold, have a bite to eat or drink in an old brothel, exploring the historic buildings from the gold rush or taking the White Pass & Yukon Route up the mountain to name a few things.

 


Visit the Hammer Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the first museum in the world that is entirely dedicated to hammers.  The museum was opened in 2002 thaChilt features over 1,400 hammers and related tools that range from -re-historic hammers, to colonial days to current day.  If you enjoy tools or just are interested to see what it is all about make sure to swing by the museum and try counting all of the hammers while you are in there!


Visit the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is the world’s largest concentration of Bald Eagle and their critical habitat.  Additionally it protects the natural salmon runs and allows for traditional uses.  Bald Eagles are attracted to the area by the wide available of the spawned-out salmon and open waters in late fall and winter.  The eagles can be seen along the Haines Highway in several different pull offs where you can stop and view them on the flats in their natural habitat.

VIDEO: Glacier Flightseeing over Kluane National Park

Soaring over the Saint Elias Mountain Range, landing on the world’s largest non-polar icefield in front of Mount Logan is an adventure of a lifetime. Adventuring with Icefield Discovery in the Helio Courier C-GXFB we explored Kluane National Park and Reserve in the Yukon Territory.  We got the change to experience Kluane National Park & Reserve by air for Chris’ birthday and it was a celebration we will not soon forget.  The ever changing snow covered giants some standing over 5000 feet tall and the beautiful glaciers and icefields throughout the St. Elias Mountain Range leaves you mesmerized.  During our one and a half hour flight we flew over the Kaskawulsh Glacier, the mega giants of the St. Elias Mountian range and landed on the world’s largest non-polar icefield with Mount Logan in our foreground.  Exploring areas more people will never get the opportunity to see is a bucket list item everyone should do in their lifetime.  To read all about our experience in the air make sure to read our post here!

For all the adventure seekers, photographers, and people looking for views that will leave them speechless Kluane National Park by air offers all this and so much more.  Enjoy our video of our flight over Kluane National Park and Reserve discovering the vast wilderness, unlimited solitude and boundless nature that the park has to offer!

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!

A Photo Guide to the World’s Largest Non-Polar Icefield

We had the opportunity to go up in a Helio Courier C-GXFB with Icefield Discovery to experience the worlds largest non-polar icefield in Kluane National Park and Reserve in Canada’s Yukon Territory.  Soaring 6000 feet in the sky through the Saint Elias Mountain Range over the Slims River Valley, Kaskawulsh Glacier and the hundreds of giants with their snow covered peaks is a once in a lifetime experience.

Our one and a half hour flight took us past the giants that call the Saint Elias Mountain Range home including Mount Washington, Mount King George, Mount Kennedy, Mount Saint Elias, Mount Logan and so many more.  Landing next to the Icefield Discovery Base Camp with Mount Logan in the forefront towering before everything around it is a must do experience.  We had the opportunity to step out onto the snow on the worlds largest non-polar icefield where very few people have ever had a chance to explore was surreal experience.  To read about our entire flightseeing experience with Icefield Discovery make sure to read our post!

Aerial view of Kaskawulsh Glacier
Close up of the Kaskawulsh Glacier
Kaskawulsh Glacier
Meltwater on the Kaskawulsh Glacier
Beautiful blue water in the mountains
Largest non-polar glacial icefield in the world in front of Mt. Logan
Icefield Discovery Plane on the icefield

Aerial view of the Slims River Valley downstream of the Kaskawulsh Glacier in Kluane National Park
Aerial view of the Slims River Valley downstream of the Kaskawulsh Glacier in Kluane National Park
Kaskawulsh Glacier
Kaskawulsh Glacier
Kaskawulsh Glacier

Kaskawulsh Glacier
Icefield Discovery Plane Sitting in front of Mt Logan
Kaskawulsh Glacier
Kaskawulsh Glacier
Kaskawulsh Glacier
Kaskawulsh Glacier

Watch our video of our flightseeing adventure to the worlds largest non-polar icefield below!

Exploring Silver City – A Yukon Ghost Town

Just off the Alaska Highway this once Gold Rush town was a place people called home while mining for gold.  Sitting along the shores of Lake Kluane, this permanent outpost was set up at the outlet of Silver Creek where the city gets its name from.  It was home to North-West Mounted Police barracks, a post office, a district mining office and area miner cabins which are most noticeable today when you visit this ghost town.  Today, Silver City sits tucked away a stone throw off the Alaska Highway slowly being taken over by the wilderness waiting to be discovered as Yukon’s largest ghost town.

Here is our guide to exploring the Yukon ghost town of Silver City!

Getting to Silver City

Silver City is located off the Alaska Highway at kilometre 1635.8.  Look for signs that point to a Bed and Breakfast and turn right if you are heading west and left if you are heading east.  Head 3.4 km down the dirt road where you will pass a junk yard filled with old cars on your left and then you will begin to see the remnants of the old buildings from the gold rush.


What is There to see in Silver City?

There is only remnants of old houses and buildings left from the early 1900’s in Silver City but it is worth the short detour off the Alaska Highway to see and explore the Yukons largest ghost town! Be careful many of the wooden beams, structures and buildings are no longer safe to enter or climb on as they are over 100 years old.

Here are some of our photos from our exploration in this unique ghost town!