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Yukon wilderness & British Columbia self-drive

15 days from $8,995pp

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Tour highlights

  • Re-live the excitement of the 1890s gold rush in historic Dawson City.

  • Drive through impressive mountain scenery with barely another car on the road.

  • Look for wildlife and try some of the many activities available whilst staying near the southern lakes.

  • Truly get off the grid at Farewell Harbour where you can spend your days spotting bears and whales.

  • Meet the friendly local characters that make the Yukon such a different and special place.

Price includes:

  • Fully insured vehicle rental
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • On arrival in Vancouver make your way to your accommodation and overnight in the city.

  • Make your way out to the airport this afternoon for your flight up to the Yukon. On arrival into Whitehorse, collect your rental car and make your way to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

  • Depart Whitehorse and take the drive north to Mayo. Enjoy the amazing scenery throughout.

    Stay at Bedrock Motel   
  • Spend the morning exploring the fascinating former silver mining towns of Mayo and nearby Keno. Here you will see how life was lived in the early decades of the 20th century, with quirky wooden houses, rusting historic cars and implements, all set among lovely mountain scenery. This afternoon, continue your drive north to Dawson City.

  • Enjoy a full day exploring historic Dawson City. As you wander the wooden sidewalks and view lop-sided wooden cabins you will be able to soak up the tangible gold rush atmosphere that still lingers here. In the evening you may wish to visit the Palace Grand Theatre or try your luck at Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall.

  • Leaving Dawson City behind drive west through stunning scenery of the Top of the World Highway. The route takes you into Alaska for a short spell before re-entering Canada for your overnight stay at Beaver Creek.

  • From Beaver Creek you'll enjoy a drive alongside the spectacular mountains of the Wrangell St-Elias National Park and the Kluane National Park, en route to your stay at Inn on the Lake.

  • Enjoy a day relaxing at lovely Marsh Lake. The sparkling blue lakes in southern Yukon provide a picture postcard backdrop to activities such as fishing, canoeing, mountain biking, walking or looking for wildlife. Moose are frequently seen and birdlife is abundant.

  • Spend another full day relaxing at Marsh Lake. You may wish to try more activities, explore the area, or simply relax by the lake with a book.

  • Drive north, back to Whitehorse, to drop off your rental car at Whitehorse Airport prior to boarding your flight back to Vancouver. Spend another night in this vibrant city.

  • After an early flight from Vancouver to Port Hardy, in the north of Vancouver Island, you'll be transferred to Alder Bay for your water taxi to Farewell Harbour Lodge. Settle in ahead of an afternoon tour in search of local wildlife. You will return to the lodge for dinner, after which you will have an activity briefing and evening presentation about coastal ecology.

  • After an early morning breakfast, you will head out on your first excursion. With daily excursions for both bears and marine mammals, the lodge alternates the two to provide guests with both opportunities on any given day — typically one day on a marine excursion and one on a bear trip.

  • The lodge's bear viewing excursions can take you deep into one of several different river systems in search of wild bears. You'll travel 90 minutes to an area by a covered water taxi before disembarking onto one or two smaller Zodiacs. By Zodiac you will motor quietly or propel silently under oar for optimal viewing of bears foraging on the river or in the estuaries.

  • Enjoy your last full day at the lodge, whether it be out on the water, lounging on the deck or taking one last look for wildlife.

  • After breakfast you'll be transferred back to Vancouver Island for your return flight to the mainland.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Vancouver
 
Whitehorse
 
Mayo
 
Dawson City
 
Marsh Lake
 
Port Hardy
 

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