The Yukon and Northern Territories remain one of North America's last great wilderness areas, offering some of the world’s most dramatic and spectacular scenery. On this tour we will experience the mystery and vastness of the region, and immerse ourselves in the unique lifestyle of the people. We will listen to the legends of the north, the rhythms of the dances and music, learn of local traditions such as bone carving, weaving, embroidery and beadwork, learn about the history and challenges of those who ventured here, and of course sample the regional cuisine.
Large game animals such as bison, caribou and moose roam the region, while musk-oxen, wolves, sheep, black bears and grizzlies are also to be found - some of which we may spot along the epic highways we travel as we admire the rugged beauty along the way.
Our first stop is Whitehorse, which straddles the highway between British Columbia and Alaska on the banks of the Yukon River. It has the distinct atmosphere of a frontier town amid the scenic wilderness.
From Whitehorse we we take the spectacular drive north on the Klondike Highway, surrounded by mountains and rivers, to Dawson City - home of the Klondike Gold Rush, where we will learn about the challenges and hardships of this distinct period in our country’s history.
From Dawson City we take the iconic Dempster Highway up and beyond the Arctic Circle, all the way to the Beaufort Delta - a remote and sparsely populated region within the Arctic Circle. From our base in Inuvik we will take a once-in-a-lifetime sightseeing flight over the Tuktoyaktuk Peninsula and the Mackenzie River Delta, and be among the first to drive the newly built Mackenzie Valley Highway to the Arctic Ocean.
Our tour ends in Yellowknife - capital city of the Northwest Territories on the shore of Great Slave Lake, where we experience the “wild west” period of the mining days. We will also enjoy a unique “floating dinner theatre” and some free time to explore the town’s many attractions.