This trip will take you to former gold rush towns, past azure lakes and through magnificent mountain ranges in the Yukon and the Alaska Panhandle. The spectacular scenery, countless wildlife sightings and the beautiful towns of Haines Junction, Haines and Skagway will make this an unforgettable RV trip!
Day 1: Whitehorse to Haines Junction (155 km)
Pick up your RV in Whitehorse in the morning and stock up on groceries and supplies before leaving town. Travel westbound on the historic Alaska Highway towards Haines Junction.
Haines Junction is the gateway to Kluane National Park and Reserve, a park roughly half the size of Switzerland. The park features twelve of Canada’s highest mountains including Mount Logan, the country’s highest peak.
Nearby campsite: Kathleen Lake Campground
- Canyon City
- Kluane National Park
- Sightseeing flight to Mt. Logan
Day 2: Haines Junction (25 km)
Spend a full day in Haines Junction to enjoy everything the area has to offer. Choose from one of the area’s many hikes, go rafting on the Tatshenshini River, or visit the Da Kų Cultural Centre to learn more about the history and lifestyle of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.
Embark on a glacier sightseeing flight for a truly unique view of this spectacular part of the world!
Nearby campsite: Kathleen Lake Campground
- Da Ku Culltural Centre
- Lunch at the Bakery
- Hike in Kluane Naional Park
Day 3: Haines Junction to Haines (250 km)
Depart Haines Junction in the morning. The Haines Highway is one of the most spectacular drives in the North and was designated a Scenic Byway in 2009. Along the way, an extensive boardwalk leads to a lookout where you can watch the 60 meter high Million Dollar Falls on the Takhanne River. Each July the falls are the endpoint for the Chinook’s upstream salmon spawning run.
- Million Dollar Falls
- Scenery along the way
- Bald Eagle Reserve
Day 4: Haines (10 km)
Haines is situated on the Alaska Panhandle and is known as Alaska’s adventure capital. It serves as a popular destination for tourists visiting Glacier Bay National Park.
Day 5: Haines to Skagway (35 km)
Leave your campsite in the morning for the ferry ride to Skagway. The car deck fills up quickly, so it is recommended to make a reservation at least one week in advance. Watch for whales, eagles and maybe even grizzly bears fishing for salmon on this scenic 45-minute ferry ride. Skagway is nestled at the northernmost reaches of the Inside Passage.
The streets are lined with wooden boardwalks and restored buildings, looking much as they did over 100 years ago. Attend “The Days of ‘98” show in the evening to relive an incredible story of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush through music, laughter, and of course, the legendary Can-Can!
- Ferry ride
- Skagway's Broadway
- Local seafood
Day 6: Skagway (10 km)
Skagway has a lot of wonderful hiking trails around town. Train enthusiasts can take a full day ride on the historic White Pass & Yukon Route railway. The track climbs 3000 ft in just 12.5 km, through tunnels and across trestle bridges.
Another option is to book a day trip with a fast ferry to Juneau, where you can find restaurants, souvenir shops, great hiking trails and tours to the Mendenhall Glacier. The ferry ride offers great chances of seeing whales, seals and grizzly bears!
- White Pass & Yukon Route train ride
- Hike up Dewey Lake Trail
- Can Can show
Day 7: Skagway to Conrad (100km)
Travel on the Klondike Highway, with stops at the Captain William Moore Bridge, and the Summit Lake pullout, about 6 km before the border. Before crossing the border back into Canada, you can stop for a quick photo of the ‘Welcome to Alaska’ sign on the left side of the highway.
After returning to Canada and adjusting your watch back to Mountain Standard Time, the Yukon Suspension Bridge offers impressive views over the white-water rapids of the Tutshi River. Your campsite is located at the Conrad Historic Townsite, a former mining town dating back to the start of the 20th century.
Nearby campsite: Conrad Campground
- White Pass
- Endless vistas
- Yukon Suspension Bridge
Day 8: Conrad City to Snafu Lake (100 km)
Continue northbound on the Klondike Highway to the beautiful Bove Island Viewpoint. Approximately ten kilometers further north lies Carcross, a historic village that sits on the shores of Bennett Lake. The Visitor Information Centre offers a handout for a self-guided walking tour of the ‘Carcross Commons’ and the rest of town.
Visit the Parks Canada exhibit on the Chilkoot Trail at the Visitor Centre. The Carcross Desert just north of town is often considered the smallest desert in the world. After this drive to the Emerald Lake viewpoint and continue eastbound to Snafu Lake on the Tagish Road.
Nearby campsite: Snafu Lake Campground
- Southern Lakes Route
- Emerald Lake
Day 9: Snafu Lake to Atlin (70 km)
Follow Atlin Road (Highway 7) southbound and enter the province of British Columbia. This road follows the eastern shore of Atlin Lake to the village of Atlin. In Atlin, you can visit the former transportation vessel MV Tarahne, the Atlin Museum and Visitor Information Centre, and the Atlin Pioneer Cemetery where many of the town’s early residents are buried.
Day 10: Atlin to Whitehorse (175 km)
Depart your campsite in the morning and stop at Marsh Lake, followed by a stop at the blue Yukon River Bridge near the start of the Yukon River. Return your RV to Fraserway RV in Whitehorse by 11:30 am.