Alaskan Cruise: Klondike Highway to Yukon
At around 9am we met out tour guide/driver, John, at the dock. We picked up a few more people downtown and then we were off! There were 14 of us on board the mini-bus and it didn’t feel crowded at all.
Loved this excursion! We could relax, take in the sights, and not have to worry about driving or dealing with car rentals. John, the tour guide/driver, was personable and knowledgeable about local history. He even graciously volunteered to take people’s photos.
The drive along the Klondike Highway is gorgeous and John pulled over at various scenic spots. We stopped at the Welcome to Alaska sign (even though we were leaving the U.S.– it happened to not be crowded, so we stopped here first).
We crossed into Canada at British Columbia where our passports were checked. And then we were off for more mountain vistas, lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife along the Klondike Highway. John encouraged us to shout “bear! bear! bear!” (or whatever animal we saw). Not too far into British Columbia, we spotted a bear and pulled over to observe.
The lakes and mountains are breathtaking!
After driving through a small bit of British Columbia, we passed into the Yukon Territory.
And we were treated to some more beautiful lakes and mountain scenery. Tagish Lake was one of my favorites.
Made a quick stop at Carcross Desert–the smallest desert in the world! I’ll put “desert” in air quotes because technically it’s just sand dunes.
From there, it was over to Caribou Crossing, where we enjoyed a lunch of BBQ chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, and fresh made donuts – all included in the tour price! Then we walked around the trading post, saw the sled dogs, and did some souvenir shopping.
Then we headed up a few miles (or kilometers since this is Canada!) to Emerald Lake with its (you guessed it) beautiful green colored waters.
Emerald Lake was the turn-around point. We headed back to Carcross, with a short tour around town and a stop at Bennett Lake. Then it was back down the Klondike Highway where we spotted a mama bear and two cubs.
Again, more gorgeous scenery. I can’t remember if this was Yukon or British Columbia?
In total, the tour lasts around 6.5 hours and is 150 miles (245 km) roundtrip . At the time of this writing, the Yukon Discovery Tour is $99 and includes pick-up/drop-off at the dock, plus lunch. Great price, small group, breathtaking scenery, and you don’t have to do any of the driving!
Below are some more photos. For the full set, check out my Flickr album.