This circle route will take you back in time to relive the glory days of former silver and gold mining towns before taking you across the mountains via the Top of the World Highway. Explore Kluane National Park’s a vast wilderness with ice fields, forests and towering peaks like Mount Logan. This trip ends with spectacular lake views at Kathleen and Kusawa Lake.
Day 1: Whitehorse to Keno City (475 km)
Pick up your RV at Fraserway RV in Whitehorse and head north on the Klondike Highway. Be sure to stop at the Braeburn Lodge for their incredible cinnamon buns! In Carmacks stop at the Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre to learn about the Northern Tutchone culture. After this you can stop at the Five Finger Rapids for a short hike down to the rapids.
In Stewart Crossing turn right to the Silver Trail to make your way towards Mayo. Here you can opt to visit the local museum or go for a swim at Mayo’s heated outdoor pool. Arrive in Keno City at the end of the Silver Trail in the late afternoon.
Nearby campsite: Keno City Campground
- Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre
- Five Finger Rapids
- Binet House Interpretive Centre
Day 2: Keno City (25 km)
Spend the day exploring the town of Keno and its direct surroundings. Visit the Keno City Mining Museum & Alpine Interpretive Centre and take a stroll around town to see the historic buildings.
In the afternoon drive up Signpost Road to Keno Hill to see old mining structures along the way and an amazing viewpoint. It is recommended to check current road conditions at the museum before your departure.
Nearby campsite: Keno City Campground
- Stroll past historic buildings
- Keno City Mining Museum
- Enjoy the view at Keno Hill
Day 3: Keno City to Dawson City (300 km)
Depart Keno City in the morning and drive back to Stewart Crossing. From here continue on the Klondike Highway towards Dawson City. Stop at the Moose Creek Lodge, Gravel Lake, Tintina Trench, and Klondike River along the way.
- Tintina Trench
- Klondike River
- Visit to the Paddlewheel Graveyard
Day 4: Dawson City (25 km)
The SS Keno is a preserved historic sternwheel paddle steamer located on the waterfront in downtown Dawson City. You can visit this National Historic Site on a guided tour. Another popular sight is the Robert Service Cabin, where you can listen to poetry readings or enjoy a guided tour.
- SS Keno sternwheel paddle steamer
- Robert Service cabin
- Spectacular views from the Dome
Day 5: Dawson to Chicken (175 km)
Leave Dawson City via the Top of the World Highway. This largely unpaved road runs on top of the mountain range and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
Be sure to have your passport ready for the border crossing into Alaska! Once you cross the border the Taylor Highway is quite the bumpy, winding mountain road.
Nearby campsite: Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost
- Driving on top of the mountain ridge
- World's second highest border crossing
- The town of Chicken
Day 6: Chicken to Kluane National Park (350 km)
Depart on the Taylor Highway in a southbound direction to reach Tetlin Junction. From here the Alaska Highway will take you to Beaver Creek on the Canadian side of the border. This is Canada’s westernmost community.
After leaving Beaver Creek you will cross the White River and enter Kluane County, with spectacular views of Kluane National Park on your right. Spend the night on the shore of the White River at the Lake Creek Campground.
Nearby campsite: Lake Creek Campsite
- Fortymile Caribou Herd
- Wrangell-St.Elias National Park
- Kluane National Park
Day 7: Kluane National Park to Haines Junction
Depart your campsite in the morning and visit the world’s largest gold pan in Burwash Landing on your way south. From here on, the highway follows the western shoreline of Kluane Lake with spectacular views and photo opportunities along the way.
The Tachäl Dhäl Interpretive Centre is a great place to get information for local hikes. Keep an eye out for Dall Sheep on the nearby hills. Just a little further south you will find the ruins of Silver City, with a former trading post, roadhouse and Northwest Mounted Police barracks.
Nearby campsite: Kluane Park Inn & RV
- World's largest gold pan
- Tachäl Dhäl Interpretive Centre
- Silver City
Day 8: Haines Junction to Kathleen Lake (25 km)
Today will be a leisure day to go fishing, hiking or rafting. Visit the Haines Junction information center for more local information or to book your excursion.
Kathleen Lake is the only lake in the Yukon with landlocked sockeye Salmon (Kokanee), and a great place to spend the night.
Nearby campsite: Kathleen Lake Campground
- Sightseeing flight
Day 9: Kluane National Park to Kusawa Lake (150 km)
Enjoy a leisurely walk on the Kokanee trail at the lake’s day use area in the morning. In the afternoon you have the option to embark on a breathtaking glacier flight in Haines Junction to see Canada’s highest mountain Mount Logan and the world’s largest non-polar ice fields from above.
After a stop to learn about the short-lived Kluane Gold Rush in Canyon City you will arrive at your campsite in the late afternoon.
Nearby campsite: Kusawa Lake Campground
- Hike the Kokanee Trail
- Views of Mount Logan
- Canyon City
Day 10: Kusawa Lake to Whitehorse (100 km)
Begin your stay in Whitehorse by visiting the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. This award-winning building celebrates the heritage, culture and contemporary way of life of our Kwanlin Dün citizens. Then wander along the riverside trail to the MacBride Museum and uncover the Yukon’s history before walking over to the S.S. Klondike for a self-guided tour.
Day 11: Whitehorse (5 km)
Return your RV to Fraserway RV in Whitehorse by 11:30 am.