On the trail of Klondike's gold rush

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Visit the highlights of the gold rush and slip into the shoes of a gold seeker! This journey will allow you to discover Canada's beautiful regions.

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<p>Speedboat in the Miles Canyon.</p> <p>Lake Kluane from Silver City</p> <p>Fish market in Gisenyi.</p> Dawson City on the banks of Yukon <p>Tombstone Mountains since Dempster Highway</p>

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Steps

  • Kluane National Park
  • Dawson City
  • Whitehorse
  • Tombstone Territorial Park
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Details of the stay: On the trail of Klondike's gold rush - 15 days

Day 1 : Flight to Whitehorse, capital of Yukon

Walking tour of Whitehorse with a stop at Macbride Museum for those who wish to learn more about the history of Yukon. The day ends at the Yukon Brewery Company to discover its hoppy delights. Dinner and overnight in Whitehorse.

Day 2 : River activities in Whitehorse

Cruise in the blue waters of Miles Canyon where you can admire the world's largest salmon ladder, a kind of staircase allowing the fish to swim upstream in the river. You remain in the region's river past with the visit of Whitehorse of the paddle steamer S.S. Klondike, which was used to transport men and goods along the Yukon River during the gold rush. Head for Kluane National Park in the afternoon. Overnight in a campsite or lodge.

Day 3 : Kluane National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Kluane National Park and Reserve offers spectacular landscapes such as the impressive Mount Logan (5,959 m high), in the Saint Elias Mountain Range, Canada's highest mountain. Stop at the Tourist Information Centre before going for the hiking trails or the abandoned streets. Overnight in the park.

Day 4 : Historic site of Silver City

The hike of the previous day continues, stopping at the abandoned streets of the ghost city of Silver City, south of Kluane Lake.

Day 5 : Departure to Alaska

Visit of the world's largest reserve of bald eagles (the American emblem) in Haines. Quiet rafting excursion on the Chilkat river to watch the fauna in its natural habitat. In the evening, you can watch the salmon fishing practiced by bears on the Chilkoot River.

Day 6 : Crossing the fjords to Juneau

Ferry crossing of Lynn Canal, the deepest fjord in North America towards the city of Juneau.

Day 7 : Hiking around Juneau

Visit of the city of Juneau, the Mendenhall glacier, hike around Mount Roberts, visit of the museum. Boarding a ferry to St Petersburg.

Day 8 : Arrival in St Petersburg

Downtown arrival, discovery and visit of this charming village and preparations for the excursion of the following day

Day 9 : Whale watching in St Petersburg

Departure for 8 hours of whale watching. An incredible day that you will remember for a long time.

Day 10 : Visit of Ketchikan

Discover the old town of Ketchikan and stroll along the harbour. Numerous choices of activities to do. Those who enjoy strong sensations will make zipline (Tyrolean) their priority.

Day 11 : Discovering Skagway

Ferry return to the border with Yukon. Visit of Skagway, the flagship city of Klondike's gold rush. Souvenir photos in the historic district, a true film set. Visit of one of the expedition shops to let yourself be tempted by a rafting descent, or hike to the ghost town of Dyea, starting point of the famous and perilous Chilkoot Trail taken by the gold seekers. End of the day in one of the saloons of the town.

Day 12 : Visit of White Pass

Excursion aboard the White Pass panoramic train. Then departure through the road to Klondike. Passage through White Pass, a famous mountain pass at the USA-Canada border on one of the two main roads used by gold prospectors to go to the Dawson City region. Overnight stop along the Klondike Highway.

Day 13 : Discovering Dawson City

A simple Amerindian encampment that became a true mushroom town within a few months during the gold rush, Dawson City deserves an exploration day. Visit of the Musée de la Ville, the replica of the Jack London hut as well as the famous saloon and casino Diamond Tooth Gertie. Search for gold nuggets in one of the concessions preserved near the city. Lively evening, year-1900's version at Palace Grand Theatre.

Day 14 : Tombstone Territorial Park

Day trip at Tombstone Territorial Park via Dempster Highway. Travel to the heart of the Arctic tundra, black granite-rock peaks and alpine lakes.

Day 15 : End of the stay

Returning to Whitehorse.

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