The Klondike Experience

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In the summer time, The Klondike Experience operates HUSKY BUS, Yukon’s best choice for
public ground transportation between Whitehorse and Dawson City. We offer Yukoners and
Tourists regular, reliable passenger transportation and parcel service between Dawson City and
Whitehorse, and everywhere along the Klondike Highway. We specialize in transportation of
canoes, kayaks, and world adventurers!

We also offers daily tours of Dawson City and the surrounding area. Get aboard one of our 21
passenger mini-coaches or, for larger groups, let one of our expert guides step-on to your
coach. If you are looking for multi-day tours of the Yukon we offer that as well, just ask!
Looking for biking, hiking, or something exciting? We offer mountain bike rentals, guided hikes,
hiker drop-offs and logistics support, canoe transportation and outfitting, and private charters to
just about anywhere in Yukon and Alaska.

In the winter time, The Klondike Experience is your best bet for Aurora Borealis Viewing,
snowshoe adventures, dogsledding, and sightseeing in Dawson City! We offer multi-day
packages including air transportation, hotels, and meals. For the do-it-yourselfer, we offer à la
carte tour experiences and transportation help to get you going on your next adventure.

www.klondikeexperience.com

B-Line Racing Kennels

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B-Line Kennels is now offering Dog Sledding excursions in Dawson City!

Experience the adventure of a lifetime with B-Line Kennels on this approximately 1.5 hour Dog Sledding excursion.  Meet with your laid-back and cheerful guide, Brian Wilmshurst, and his team of friendly dogs before you take off on the sled.  Then, enjoy the stunning wilderness and nothing but the sound of the dogs doing what they love most.  A great trip for first-time visitors, small groups, and people of all ages.

A little bit about B-Line Kennels:

In 2007 Brian attended the Yukon Quest Start Banquet and watched the mushers take off from the start line.  Instantly, Brian was drawn to the adventure and excitement of dog sled racing!  Since then Brian and his wife Melissa have worked together to gain knowledge and experience on the sport.  Brian believes attitude is everything, and he and his dogs are known for being happy and easy-going. He has won the “Veterinarian’s Choice Award” for best dog care on the trail in the Yukon Quest 300 and twice in the Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race.

What to expect:

  • An experienced and cheerful guide.
  • A team of very friendly Huskies!
  • A beautiful and scenic ride.
  • Great photo opportunities.

Tours available from October to April (weather dependent).

Custom excursions and northern lights viewing are also available for interested parties.

For more information, contact Brian at b-lineracing@hotmail.com / 867-993-5330 / http://www.blinekennels.com/

Dawson Walking Trails

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Ninth Avenue Trail

Immerse yourself in the history and scenery of the Ninth Avenue Trail. The Ninth Avenue Trail allows you to see the surrounding environment of Dawson City on a well-maintained and scenic trail that loops around the town. The year round, 2.5 kilometer trail takes about 30-45 minutes from start to finish and offers you an easy hike to enjoy views and fresh air conveniently close to the downtown core. The trail also allows you access to multiple other trails such as the Crocus Bluff Trail, Midnight Dome Trail and the Moosehide Trail (limited access).

Click here to download or view the trail map

Ridge Road Trail

Experience the history of the Klondike Gold Rush by following in the footsteps of the early miners! The Ridge Road Trail was built in 1899, it was the first government-built wagon road and was a major supply route to the goldfields. The Ridge Road winds along the high and relatively dry ground between Bonanza and Hunker Creek. During the Gold Rush there were many roadhouses, stores and suppliers operating along the road. The road was decommissioned in 1902 but you can still see the remnants of the once busy highway when hiking along the trail.

The trail is approximately 30km and hikers should allow two days to walk this trail. A campground is within a day of either trailhead.

Highlights of the trail include: the Yukon Ditch, 11 Mile & 15 Mile Campground, Soda Station  and the Upper Trailhead.

There is no garbage collection on the route, which means what you pack in, you must pack out.

And remember to always be bear aware when hiking anywhere in the Yukon Territory.

Waterfront Trail

The waterfront trail runs continuously from the north end of Dawson, along the Yukon River dyke to the confluence of the Klondike River. This trail offers numerous rest areas and interpretive kiosks, including signage about the living history of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in people and various Parks Canada National Historic Sites, such as the S.S. Keno.

This trail is fit for all levels and is close to our Front Street shops and restaurants. As well, the green space surrounding the trail (Waterfront Park) is a hub of activity all year-long…so don’t be surprised if your walk includes watching a concert, meeting some locals, or participating in one of our unique Dawson events.

Orchid Trail

This two-kilometer loop is located on the road to Sunnydale (off of the Top of the World Highway) and has views of both the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.  It is a popular choice for locals and visitors looking for a moderately easy walk near town.  In addition to offering stunning river views and forest landscapes, hikers also have the opportunity to see the Spotted Orchid (Cypripedium guttatum) which grows in abundance on these slopes at certain times of the year.

Tombstone Territorial Park

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The enchanting Tombstone Territorial Park is 2,200 squared kilometers of pristine wilderness.  With picturesque rugged peaks, permafrost landforms, and a wide array of unique flora and fauna.  The park is a legacy of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in land claim agreement and lies within their traditional territory.  Come for a day hike or a multi-day backcountry adventure!

The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Tombstone Interpretive Centre will provide you with everything you need from trail maps to camping permits. Drop in for a cup of ‘Mountain Wild’ tea by the fire, visit the library, take part in an interpretive program or special event and enjoy the informative displays.

Driving Here

From downtown Dawson, take the North Klondike Highway for approximately 40 minutes.  Turn left onto the unpaved Dempster Highway and continue your drive for another hour, until you reach the Tombstone Interpretive Centre (located on the left).

Staying Safe

Tombstone Territorial Park is a remote park with few established trails. Even for day hikes, prepare for rough terrain, drastic weather changes, and animal encounters.  We strongly advise you to check-in with the Tombstone Interpretive Centre before venturing out into the park.

Events and Programs

Tombstone hosts daily programming and special events throughout the summer. Check out their up to date schedule here: http://www.env.gov.yk.ca/camping-parks/Tombstone-Events.php

 

Parks Canada: Guided Hike with the Poetry of Robert Service

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Crocus Bluff is one of the most stunning views in Dawson, and the trail to get there starts right at Robert Service’s iconic little cabin.

This tour combines the memorable lines of Service, with a fun hike up the hill; a favourite leisure activity of Service himself! As well, you’ll have a chance to take a look in the little cabin Service lived in and you’ll learn some fun history about one of Canada’s best known poets.

 

Midnight Dome

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No trip to Dawson is complete without capturing a photograph of yourself atop the Midnight Dome. Drive or hike to this incredible vantage point and take in a panoramic view of the region.  Marvel in the beauty of the Yukon River and Klondike Valleys, and spy on the Ogilvie Mountain Range in the distance.

Driving Here:

Just outside of town, turn onto the Dome Road.  Follow the winding road for approximately 10-15 minutes, which will bring you right to the top.  Access to the viewpoint may be restricted due to weather and conditions.

Hiking Here:

Find the (unmarked) trailhead off of the Ninth Avenue Trail and King Street.  There are several ways to climb the mountain, ranging from moderate to difficult, so plan your trip accordingly.  Decide your access point using this map or by speaking to one of the friendly staff at the Visitor Information Centre.

The total elevation gain is approximately 1700 feet and the round-trip distance is somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 miles, depending on your starting point.

Fishwheel Charter Services

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On our two-hour trip down the Yukon River, you’ll learn about the region and the traditional lifestyle of the Hän people.

Float passed the picturesque Moosehide Village while enjoying the rays of the midnight sun.  But keep your camera ready because you’ll never know when moose, bear, or eagles might make an appearance!

Your first stop will be at the historic Fort Reliance, where you will have the opportunity to see a traditional cabin and discover the beauty of the area.  Further down river, keep an eye out for ‘fishwheels’ as our guide teaches you about the living history of the salmon harvest.

Next you’ll visit Dog Island, where you will have a chance to stretch your legs and appreciate the surrounding wilderness.  Savour tea made from local ingredients and be treated to some delicious homemade bannock; all while exploring a genuine family fish camp.

Owned and operated by two of Dawson’s most beloved colourful characters, this is a trip not to missed!

Visiting in fall or winter?  Fishwheel Charter Services also offers guided quad and snowmobile tours!

Discovery Claim

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Transport yourself back to August 17, 1896 and discover the very spot where Skookum Jim, Dawson Charlie and George and Kate Carmack stumbled upon gold!

This legally defined mining claim measures 500 by 2000 feet and is located on Bonanza Creek (formerly Rabbit Creek), a tributary of the Klondike River.  Take a stroll along the ‘Discovery Trail’ and find out what spawned one of the greatest migrations of the nineteenth century. History buffs will be impressed with the evidence of various methods of mining, while photography lovers will revel in the unique light that reaches the valley.

Getting Here:

Drive approximately 15 minutes down Bonanza Creek Road (about 20 miles from downtown Dawson).  The claim will be located to your left, with clear signage and parking.  Before venturing out, drop by the Visitor Information Centre to inquire about road conditions and to pick up the Parks Canada Discovery Claim Fact Sheet.