The Spirit of the North

The Spirit of the North

A Yukon Adventure with Indigenous Cultural Experiences

Embark on an exciting adventure through the rugged wilderness of the Yukon on The Spirit of the North – A Yukon Adventure with Indigenous Cultural Experiences! This week- long tour offers a perfect blend of thrilling outdoor activities and a taste of First Nation culture.

Led by knowledgeable and experienced guides, you’ll explore the historic city of Dawson City and the Klondike Gold Rush, hike through the stunning Kluane National Park, home to the world’s largest non-polar icefield, and visit the remote Fort Selkirk settlement by boat.

Along the way, you’ll also experience the Tlingit people’s vibrant culture in Carcross, a picturesque village at the foot of Bennett Lake. You’ll see incredible examples of indigenous art and craftsmanship and hear stories and legends passed down through generations.

This tour is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich and diverse culture of Yukon’s First Nations people while experiencing the region’s breathtaking beauty. So don’t miss out on this unforgettable adventure – book your spot now and get ready to explore the Spirit of the North!

Itinerary "The Spirit of the North"

Day 1

Arrival in Whitehorse

Welcome to Whitehorse, the proud capital of Yukon, Canada’s magnificent True North. Upon your arrival at the airport, a dedicated travel guide will welcome you and accompany you to your hotel.

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Once you’ve settled into your comfortable accommodation and enjoyed a refreshing break, your attentive travel guide will rendezvous with you once more to discuss and plan your upcoming adventures and experiences.

Overnight stay in the heart of Whitehorse.

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Day 2

Southern Lakes District

Welcome to the breathtaking Southern Lakes District of Yukon, where a day’s excursion promises unforgettable experiences amid stunning natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Our journey will take us to Emerald Lake, the Carcross Desert, and the picturesque First Nation settlement of Carcross, where we will explore the Carcross Learning Centre.

Our adventure begins at Emerald Lake, a true gem of the Yukon. Nestled in an incredible setting, this glacial-fed lake displays mesmerizing hues of turquoise and emerald, captivating visitors with its beauty. This idyllic spot provides ample opportunities for photography and quiet reflection, making it the perfect place to start our day in the Southern Lakes area.

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Next on our itinerary is the Carcross Desert, a remarkable natural wonder that defies expectations. Often referred to as the “world’s smallest desert,” this unique landscape contrasts the surrounding forests and mountains with its vast stretches of sand dunes. We will explore this intriguing “desert”, where the shifting sands create ever-changing patterns, an unexpected sight in the Yukon’s rugged terrain. Witnessing this unusual phenomenon will surely be another highlight of our journey.

Continuing our adventure, we arrive at Carcross, a charming First Nation settlement, where the heritage of the Carcross/Tagish people comes to life. Stepping into the heart of the community, we will experience the warmth of the local culture and witness their deep connection to the land and their ancestors. You’ll have the chance to stroll around the town, interact with the friendly residents, and admire the traditional art and craftsmanship displayed throughout the area.

The Carcross Learning Centre, opened in June 2016, is a must-visit in this small settlement. The centre aims to educate visitors about the rich history, art, and way of life of the Inland Tlingit and Tagish peoples. Inside the center, we will be immersed in their traditional knowledge, artistry, and customs, gaining a deeper understanding of their profound cultural heritage.

As we conclude our day’s excursion, we’ll carry with us not only memories of the enchanting Emerald Lake and the fascinating Carcross Desert but also a newfound appreciation for the cultural significance of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation people. This journey through the Southern Lakes District of Yukon is a celebration of both nature’s wonders and the diverse cultures that have thrived in this remarkable corner of the world.

Overnight stay in the heart of Whitehorse.

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Day 3

Kluane National Park

Prepare yourself for a captivating adventure into the heart of Canada’s rugged wilderness! Join us on a day trip from Whitehorse to Kluane National Park and see the pristine beauty of Yukon’s landscapes. Bring your camera and a sense of wonder as we set off on an unforgettable exploration.

Our first destination is the Long Ago Peoples Place, a cultural experience that offers a unique opportunity to learn about the indigenous history and heritage of the Southern Tutchone people. Here, you can listen to captivating stories passed down through generations, witness traditional crafts, and experience the ancient way of life in this captivating setting. Harold and Meta, your knowledgeable local guides will deepen your appreciation for the rich indigenous culture that has shaped the region for thousands of years.

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Afterward, our journey will take us to Haines Junction, the gateway to the breathtaking wonders of Kluane National Park. We’ll start by exploring the local Da Ku indigenous cultural center, dedicated to preserving the rich traditions of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. Prepare to be enthralled by the exhibits, which vividly showcase their history, art, and profound connection with the natural world. A visit to the adjacent Visitors Informative Centre will provide you with a true sense of the scale and grandeur of this National Park. Encompassing the largest non-polar ice fields and boasting 17 of Canada’s highest mountains, Kluane National Park has earned its place as an UNESCO Natural Heritage site. The surrounding views of majestic mountains and glaciers will build anticipation for the adventure ahead.

Nature enthusiasts will be delighted when we reach Kathleen Lake, nestled alongside Kluane National Park. Stroll along the tranquil lake shore, breathing in the crisp mountain air and marveling at the reflection of towering peaks on the water’s surface. Keep an eye out for wildlife, as the park is home to a diverse array of animals, including grizzly bears, Dall sheep, and moose.

Our final destination is the charming First Nation fish camp of Klukshu. This picturesque location holds deep significance for the local Southern Tutchone people, who have been fishing the abundant salmon runs here for countless generations. Learn about their traditional fishing methods and, if the timing is right, witness the mesmerizing spectacle of salmon migrating upstream to spawn. It’s a scene that will stay with you forever.

As the day draws to a close, we’ll make our way back to Whitehorse, cherishing the memories of the breathtaking landscapes, the rich cultural experiences, and the sense of awe that Kluane National Park has instilled in us. This day excursion has been a journey into the heart of Yukon’s history and natural wonders, leaving us with a deeper connection to the land and its people.

Overnight stay in the heart of Whitehorse.

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Day 4

On the Way to Dawson City

Today a long and fascinating day lies ahead of us. Buckle up as we traverse the scenic North Klondike Highway, a route that promises breathtaking landscapes and exciting experiences. Our final destination is the historic Dawson City, but along the way, we have an exciting stop planned in Minto for a unique boat excursion to Fort Selkirk.

The highway takes us North through rugged terrain, rolling hills, and picturesque valleys, providing ample opportunities for photography and wildlife sightings. After covering 250 kilometers, we arrive at Minto. Here, we will embark on an extraordinary boat excursion to the historic site of Fort Selkirk. This remote and secluded spot is a true gem of Yukon’s history.

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Fort Selkirk, once a bustling trading post and a vital hub during the Klondike Gold Rush era, now stands as a preserved relic of the past. As we step ashore, we’ll be transported back in time, surrounded by the echoes of a bygone era. Our knowledgeable guide will regale us with captivating stories of the region’s indigenous people, fur traders, and gold prospectors, offering insights into the challenges and triumphs of those who once called this place home. After a fulfilling visit to Fort Selkirk, we return to Minto and continue our drive to Dawson City.

As we resume our journey, the landscapes continue to captivate us. We’ll pass by serene lakes, majestic mountains, and vast forests, all while learning about the region’s rich cultural heritage and natural wonders from our expert guides. As the day draws to a close, we arrive at Dawson City.

Overnight stay in Dawson City.

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Day 5

Welcome to the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation

After the exciting and adventurous trip of yesterday, it’s time to catch up on some well-deserved rest. Today, you have the luxury of sleeping in and waking up refreshed whenever your body decides it’s ready to greet the day.

Once you’re up and ready to go, we encourage you to take your time and enjoy a leisurely morning exploring the charming streets of Dawson City. This historical city holds many stories within its buildings and landscapes, so feel free to stroll around and soak in the beauty and unique character that surrounds you. From its gold rush past to its present-day allure, there’s something truly captivating about this place.

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Later in the afternoon, we have a fantastic cultural experience planned for you. We will visit the renowned Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, where you can immerse yourself in the rich traditions and history of the local First Nations communities. Discover captivating art, listen to captivating stories, and learn about their way of life that has endured for generations.

After our cultural exploration, we’ll embark on an exciting boat excursion to Moosehide a fish camp of the local Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation. On the way your guide will explain you the history of Moosehide Village and it`s important role for the local First Nations.

Overnight stay in Dawson City.

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Day 6

Goldrush History

This day is dedicated to the history of the Great Klondike Goldrush. We begin the day with a

historic walk through Dawson City. Our knowledgeable guide will lead us through the town, sharing stories and anecdotes about the Goldrush era, pointing out significant landmarks, and providing insights into the rich history of this legendary town. We’ll visit the cabin of the renowned author Jack London, who spent time in Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush. Next, we’ll visit the cabin of Robert Service, a poet known for capturing the spirit of the Gold Rush through his verses.

Later on we will drive to the Klondike Gold Fields and visit the Discovery Claim, where the first gold nugget was found, igniting the Klondike Gold Rush. On our way back to town we will explore the massive Dredge No. 4, a relic of the Gold Rush era. Then we will drive up to the Midnight Dome viewpoint, where we’ll enjoy a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of Dawson City and the surrounding landscape.

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In the evening we will visit Diamond Tooth Gertie`s and experience the excitement of an authentic Gold Rush-style casino and be entertained by a lively Can-Can show, paying homage to the city’s colorful past. You can also take the daring opportunity to try Dawson City’s most famous drink – the Sour Toe Cocktail. This peculiar concoction involves a real mummified toe placed in your drink, as per local tradition.

Overnight stay in Dawson City.

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Day 7

Return to Whitehorse

The drive from Dawson City to Whitehorse is a breathtaking journey through the Yukon wilderness. As we leave the historic town of Dawson, we will traverse the iconic Klondike Highway, winding through vast expanses of rugged terrain and towering mountains. The scenery is awe-inspiring, with lush forests, crystal-clear lakes, and the occasional glimpse of wildlife along the roadside. We will make sure to stop at a view point to capture the majesty of the Tombstone Mountains.

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Later on we will cross the mighty Stewart and Pelly Rivers and will have a stop at the mesmerizing Five Finger Rapids, a geological wonder where the Yukon River has carved its way through the rocky landscape. You will have the opportunity to stretch your legs on a short hike to a vantage point at the rapids.

On our way back to Whitehorse we will make a short stop in the First Nations community of Carmacks where we will as well cross the Yukon River. Approximately an hour away from Whitehorse we will stop at the Braeburn Lodge where you have the option to taste one of their famous cinnamon buns. In the late afternoon we will return to Whitehorse.

Overnight stay in Whitehorse

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Day 8

Time to say Good-bye

 Today marks the moment to bid farewell. An eventful week filled with numerous northern adventures and enriching indigenous cultural experiences comes to a close, leaving you with a treasure trove of cherished memories. Your guide will accompany you to the airport as you depart from the Yukon, carrying with you not only cherished memories but also a plethora of captivating pictures captured by your camera.

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