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Itineraries

Yukoners crave the rush of discovery – fresh vistas, fresh firesides, fresh moments. When our view gets too familiar, the call of the road less travelled beckons.

Why not forge new ground this summer? Pick one of our suggested routes (or create one all your own) and hit the road to experience the adventure that is Yukon. Find your UN.

Take the road less travelled

The getting away begins as soon as you hit the highway.

Million Dollar Falls
Million Dollar Falls
N. Lemieux

Road Trip No. 1

Westbound Undiscovered

For an adventure that's short on distance and big on beauty, look no further. Gorgeous falls, potential grizzly sightings, spectacular hikes – oh my.

Map
Short Route
3 DAYS
484 KM
Long Route
4–6 DAYS
902 KM
Short route plus:
transportation
Whitehorse to Haines Junction
1 HR 45 MINS155 KM
Haines Junction to Dezadeash Lake
45 MINS50 KM
Dezadeash Lake to Million Dollar Falls
35 MINS40 KM
Haines Junction to Lake Creek
2 HRS 30 MINS212 KM

Drive times are estimates. Road conditions may vary.

campground

Campgrounds

Dezadeash Lake Choose from many waterfront spots, and try fishing, swimming, birding or hiking.

Million Dollar Falls Take in the magnificent Takhane River in a cascading waterfall.

Lake Creek Enjoy large sites with plenty of privacy and a burbling stream running through it.

hiking

Hiking

1Spruce Beetle Interpretive Trail is an easy loop with interpretive signs along the way – 2 km.

2Dezadeash River Trail follows an easy-walking path through forest; look for wildlife, from ducks to moose – 5.5 km.

3Bullion Plateau Trail is a long gradual ascent with views that extend to the toe of Kaskawulsh Glacier – 22 km.

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Flora and Fauna

4Klukshu Wetland overlooks two small wetlands; look for Trumpeter Swans.

5Duke Meadows on the flood plain of Duke River is home to upland sandpipers and sharp-tailed grouse.

6Pickhandle Lake is at the end of a short gravel road off Hwy1; look for waterfowl and muskrats.

7Thächal Dhäl Visitor Centre is a great place for Dall sheep viewing in spring and fall.

Culture

Culture

8Da Kų Cultural Centre features local Champagne and Aishihik First Nations' artwork.

9Kluane Museum of History displays world-class wildlife exhibits.

Map
Short Route
3 DAYS
484 KM
Long Route
4–6 DAYS
902 KM
Short route plus:
YG/Yuri Choufour
Spotlight

Kluane National Park*

A hike into Kluane takes you into pure wilderness and offers some of Yukon’s best chances for spotting wildlife. Stop in at the Kluane National Park & Reserve Visitor Centre in Haines Junction and the Thächäl Dhäl Visitor Centre one-hour north of the Junction for expert advice and takeaway brochures on the park’s many routes and trails.

* This park is a federal park managed by Parks Canada.

Nunatuk
Nunatuk
C. Eckert

Road Trip No. 2

Central Undiscovered

Drive a grand loop through unbelievable wilderness, or head north and back again. Whatever you decide, rest assured, these roads all lead to adventure.

Map
Short Route
2–3 DAYS
530 KM
Long Route
4–6 DAYS
1100 KM
Short route plus:
transportation
Whitehorse to Carmacks
2 HRS 15 MINS177 KM
Carmacks to Ross River
3 HRS 30 MINS233 KM
Ross River to Johnson’s Crossing
7 HRS535 KM
Johnson’s Crossing to Whitehorse
1 HR 30 MINS128 KM

Drive times are estimates. Road conditions may vary.

campground

Campgrounds

Tatchun Lake Explore small bays, islands, intriguing shorelines and lively fishing.

Little Salmon Lake Settle into this small campground that offers big views of an even bigger lake.

Nunatuk Choose from forested or lakeside sites in this picture-perfect campground.

Drury Creek Enjoy a peaceful camping experience, with a couple sites right on the beach.

Lapie Canyon Just one of those places you’ll want to camp at one day.

Quiet Lake Quiet, yes, but so much more. Come and explore.

hiking

Hiking

1Five Finger Rapids Recreation Site presents Yukon’s longest staircase, ending on a platform above the rapids – 1.7 km return.

2Mount Mye is a great hiking zone, and the unpaved Blind Creek Road takes you to several viewing sites.

3Van Gorder Falls Trail winds through forest at the edge of downtown Faro; look for Fannin sheep – 1.5 km.

4Dena Cho Trail connects Faro and Ross River, with an option to canoe the Pelly River back to Faro – 51 km.

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Flora and Fauna

5Nordenskiold Habitat Protection Area – picturesque wetlands part of Nordenskiold River – can be seen from Km 320 along the west side of the highway to Carmacks.

6Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities abound in the Faro area; pick up a copy of the Birder’s Checklist of the Faro & Ross River Region.

Culture

Culture

7Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre in Carmacks provides guided tours and is home to the world’s only mammoth snare diorama.

Map
Short Route
2–3 DAYS
530 KM
Long Route
4–6 DAYS
1100 KM
Short route plus:
YG
Spotlight

Biking on the Side

A gravel road connecting Frenchman Lake, Nunatuk and Tatchun Lake campgrounds makes for a great mountain biking or cyclotouring excursion. Ride the shorter 14-km return between Frenchman and Nunatuk or the more challenging 36-km return between Nunatuk and Tatchun. Make it a multi-day trip to experience undiscovered gems at each of the four campgrounds along the way.

Simpson Lake
Simpson Lake
YG

Road Trip No. 3

Eastbound Undiscovered

Experience quiet serenity on remote gravel roads, unexplored wilderness around every bend, and a fresh view of Yukon with each night's new camp.

Map
Short Route
3–4 DAYS
1040 KM
Long Route
5–7 DAYS
1475 KM
Short route plus:
transportation
Whitehorse to Johnson’s Crossing
1 HR 30 MINS128 KM
Johnson’s crossing to Ross River
7 HRS535 KM
Ross River to Watson Lake
5 HRS 15 MINS370 KM
Watson Lake to Whitehorse
5 HRS 15 MINS440 KM

Drive times are estimates. Road conditions may vary.

campground

Campgrounds

Simpson Lake In a territory with a lot of camping options, this is one of the best for quiet relaxation, renewal and recreation.

Frances Lake A popular destination for anglers, this campground has a sizable lake with several rivers and creeks feeding into it.

Watson Lake If you’re looking for the perfect family-friendly campground, this is it, with the added bonus of being close to the town’s natural and cultural facilities.

See Road Trip No. 2 for descriptions of Quiet Lake and Lapie Canyon.

hiking

Hiking

1Rancheria Falls Recreation Site offers an easy 10-minute boardwalk through boreal forest to a picturesque waterfall on Rancheria River – 1 km return.

2South Canol Road offers endless routes for the experienced hiker, especially the northern end.

3Liard Canyon Recreation Site is an easy forested trail to historic Liard Canyon – 4.4 km return.

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Flora and Fauna

4Albert Creek Bird Observatory is a must-experience for birders in the North, open from mid-April to early June.

5Tom Creek Wetland is scenic home to many songbirds and can be found at the end of an 80-ft long gravel road on the highway's east side.

6Deadman Creek on the east side of the highway is a great place to watch for thinhorn sheep.

7Target Lake can be accessed from a large pullout and a 100-ft walk down to the water’s edge.

Map
Short Route
3–4 DAYS
1040 KM
Long Route
5–7 DAYS
1475 KM
Short route plus:
YG/Matt Jacques
Spotlight

South Canol Road

While a favourite driving route for many, the South Canol is still not as heavily travelled as other Yukon roads, which means your chances of spotting wildlife are greater. The road follows ridges – often above treeline – providing breathtaking views, and crosses many streams and rivers, good for paddling, fishing or simply breaking for coffee to take it all in. Be prepared for slow going and mud on this narrow, windy, gravel road.