DAYS 12 – 24: CANADA
From Tok your overland tour will travel along the “Top of the World’ Highway and then cross the USA’s most northerly international border into Canada, heading for Dawson City, once a hive of activity for gold prospectors. You will camp across the Yukon river from Dawson City for 2 nights, and in your free time you may want to visit Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino, a real outwest experience!
From Dawson City you will head for Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon Territory. En route you will visit Dredge No 4 which is one of the original mining rigs and the largest wooden-hulled bucket dredge in North America.
A short drive will take you from the Yukon Territory into British Columbia where you will camp for the night at Watson Lake. In the afternoon there will be free time to visit the world famous Signpost Forest or maybe see the show at the Northern Lights Centre.
Heading south you will drive to the town of Stewart where you will be based for 2 nights. Stewart is situated by the border with Alaska and is called “The Gateway to the Klondike”. Its first permanent settlement dates back to the late 1800s when prospectors first came searching for gold. On your full day here you will be driving back into Alaska briefly to visit the Hyder area. You will visit Fish Creek bear viewing platform where Alaskan brown grizzly and black bears come to fish and eat salmon. You will also view the Salmon Glacier, the 5th largest glacier in the world. Note the season for bears is usually from mid-July to early September, but the dates vary every year and as with all wildlife spotting, no sightings can be guaranteed.
From Stewart you will have a full day’s drive as you make your way towards the Canadian Rocky Mountains, camping en route along the way, and also stopping off in Hazelton to visit the ‘Ksan Indian Village.
Your drive into the Canadian Rockies will continue as you reach Jasper National Park with its amazing scenery. In Jasper you will have a one or two days free to explore the area with activities such as mountain biking, horse riding, hiking and fishing. Note the itinerary here will depend on the local conditions of the trip.
From Jasper your overland tour will travel on the spectacular Icefields Parkway through Banff and Jasper National Parks and visiting Athabasca Falls en route.
You will have 3 nights in and around Banff with plenty of time to explore the plethora of stunning sights and wonderful activities including hot springs, the Banff Gondola and visiting the nearby Columbia Ice Fields.