Tour begins by climbing the mountainous Klondike Highway, driving north by mini-bus, to the US/Canadian border, paralleling the 1898 Gold Rush Trail to the White Pass summit at 3292 feet. Along the way, view coastal rainforest, magnificent waterfalls, glaciers, and icy blue lakes. We make multiple stops at scenic views like Moore Creek bridge, Welcome to Alaska sign, Summit Lake and Tormented Valley.
Once in Canada, we journey through spectacular scenery of dramatic lakes encircled by mile-high mountains and the Northern Boreal forest wilderness. Included are Tutshi and Tagish Lakes and Bove Island. Pose at the Yukon Border sign for a great photo-op! In Carcross, stand on the shores of historic Lake Bennett, see the “World’s Smallest Desert” and marvel at the gorgeous green Emerald Lake. We watch for wildlife (including Bears, Moose, Caribou, Dall Sheep and Mountain Goats) all along our route. We stop at Caribou Crossing where you’ll see a premier educational wildlife gallery, featuring over 100 Yukon and Ice Age taxidermy animals . Lunch is delicious barbecue chicken with sides of coleslaw, baked potato, rolls and fresh made all you can eat donuts (vegetarian/vegan/gluten free option of lentil curry and rice is available-lunch order is taken at departure time).
Now for the day’s highlight! For the dogsled portion of the tour at Caribou Crossing you will ride in a unique, specially designed dry land 12 passenger ATV training cart. Listen to the excitement of the dogs as the team is chosen and watch as they take their place on the line. You will experience a thrilling glimpse into team dynamics, social order and the dog’s passion for running. Your tour will take you down a 1 mile forested course, specially designed to allow our canine athletes to train in the off season. While on the course you will see the teams respond to mushing commands, and have the opportunity to stop with the team and watch them romp and play in their watering pools. (Dogsledding Tour time is approx. 15 min and includes: Team hookup, safety briefing and ride. Time on the trail may vary slightly based on temperatures, trail conditions, and specific team you are riding with). Caribou Crossing Kennels reserves the right to cancel Dog cart ride due to extreme temperature conditions. (Refunds will be given for the ride portion if this occurs or an alternate short ATV ride and meetup with the dogs and puppies is offered). Child age recommended for the ride is 2 or older due to the noise of the dogs and bumpiness of the ride.
Both the Yukon Discovery and Yukon Discovery & Sled Dog tour ride the same bus to Caribou Crossing so if only some in your group want to upgrade to the dog sled ride, that is possible and you will travel together.
See the Yukon Discovery page for more details and photos about the tour.
The Dog Sled Cart ride is an exciting and fun add-on to your Yukon day!