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'Yukon Quest' Dog Sledding Trip
Every other year the Yukon Quest switches between Whitehorse and Fairbanks, Alaska. Guests are picked up at the airport by the Best Western Gold Rush Inn Shuttle and taken to the hotel.
Guests will have the opportunity to take part in the Meet the Mushers evening , Finish banquet - they will be met by Sky High Staff for both events and enjoy the evening together. They will watch the
Quest finish, and they will also visit the Braeburn check point. The itinerary for this tour will be similar to the 8 day Husky Adventure Tour – with the Quest extras. This special tour is for those
who want a taste of the Yukon Quest excitement – Yukon Style!
Yukon Quest, Dog Sledding Trip- 7 Nights
Dates: 2-9 February 2018 – 4-10 participants
Day 1: Arrive Whitehorse. The adventure begins!
Arrive Whitehorse. Your guide will meet you at the airport and provide a transfer downtown. On the way to the
hotel, the guide will point out some of the city’s main attractions including the SS Klondike National Historic Site,
the Yukon Visitor Centre, the Old Log Church and the Log Cabin Skyscraper. The Yukon’s capital city, Whitehorse
is Canada’s largest north of the 60th parallel, with a population of around 28,000 people. We’ll also visit the
very informative MacBride Museum of the Yukon, which tells the story of the Territory from pre-historic times,
through the Klondike Gold Rush to today.
With its numerous café’s and galleries and well-travelled, well-educated population, Whitehorse has a surprisingly
cosmopolitan feel. But the real beauty of Whitehorse is its proximity to some of the country’s most beautiful
natural landscapes, literally just minutes from downtown! Conditions permitting, we’ll have a chance at your first
views of our stunning Northern Lights before bed. Overnight in a hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 2: Whitehorse-Dawson City. Klondike Ho!
We’ll leave the Yukon’s capital city behind for the wilds of the Yukon interior today. As we travel the North
Klondike Highway northbound, you’ll begin to get a sense of the sheer size and grandeur of the Yukon. At half
the size of Ontario, or roughly the same size as California, the Yukon’s total population is only 35,000 people.
Breathtaking doesn’t describe the vastness or the beauty of the Yukon’s wilderness! Our route roughly follows
the Yukon River valley and takes us through a few small settlements and villages including Braeburn, Carmacks,
Pelly Crossing and Stewart Crossing before the Ogilvie Mountains come into view. The road then drops down
to the famous Klondike River Valley that spawned the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Still considered the greatest
gold rush the world has ever seen, the gold discovery near Dawson City in 1896 drew more than 50,000 people
to the Yukon in 1898, making Dawson City the largest city west of Winnipeg (Canada) and north of Seattle (USA)!
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As a national historic site, Dawson City today still retains its turn-of-the-century pioneer feel. Saloons with
batwing doors and buildings with wooden facades, wrapped with wooden boardwalks, line un-paved streets.
Straight out of the Old West, this is the Yukon you imagined! We’ll take a short city highlight tour on arrival and
point out some of Dawson City’s most famous locations including the Palace Grand Theatre, the former Territorial
Legislature (now housing the Dawson City Museum), the Commissioners Residence, the SS Keno and
the homes of famous Klondike authors, Robert Service, Pierre Berton and Jack London. We’ll also stop by the
official Yukon Quest check point to check on the expected arrival times of the first teams arriving this evening.
After checking into the hotel and a bite to eat, we’ll soak up some serious Yukon Quest atmosphere. Overnight
in a hotel in Dawson City.
Day 3: Dawson City. Experience the Yukon Quest!
Today we’ll experience the relaxed pace of Dawson City while we wait for the first team to arrive. The town’s
fire siren will announce the first team in, and everyone rushes down to the checkpoint to see who has arrived.
To add to the excitement, the first team to arrive is given several ounces of gold by Dawson City as a reward.
Spectators will have the chance to meet the mushers and their handlers as they load the sleds and prepare to
depart. And of course, you’ll get up close and personal, with the real starts of the show, the 14 delightful Alaskan
huskies that comprise each team. Though teams pass through several check points during the race, the Yukon
Quest is much more of a test of wilderness survival than Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog race. Teams are required to
spend several days between check-points without aid or re-supply, and the Yukon Quest is considered a much
more difficult event than the Alaskan race. Yukon Quest teams will be arriving throughout the day, providing
many more opportunities for great Quest photos. In between, we’ll visit some of Dawson’s most interesting attractions
and gain more insight into the Klondike Gold Rush history. Teams will continue to arrive throughout the
day and into the evening, occasionally under the soaring Northern Lights, making for a memorable evening. The
more adventurous, have a chance to experience one of the North’s most infamous rituals, the Sourtoe Cocktail,
a Dawson City tradition! Overnight in a hotel in Dawson City.
Day 4: Dawson City – Whitehorse. On the road again!
Following breakfast, we’ll return to Whitehorse, once again along the scenic North Klondike Highway. During this
southbound trip, we’ll stop by the Five Finger Rapids overlook for views of the four impressive chunks of rock
in the middle of the river that gave river travelers and paddle-wheelers some difficulty during the gold rush.
Overnight in a hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 5: Whitehorse. Dog sledding
After spending the previous few days watching world-class Mushers, today you’ll get to experience the world of
White Fang and Buck for yourself! We’ll travel to a scenic alpine valley located just a short distance outside the
city for an introduction to the exciting adventure of dog sledding. You’ll spend the days mushing your own team
of Alaskan husky along a winter trail. Overnight in a hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 6: Whitehorse. Dog sledding
Another day of dog sledding. The swish of the sled’s runners and the panting of the wonderful huskies and the
sound of your own heart beating with excitement are the only sounds you’ll hear as we leave civilization behind
for the Yukon wilds. We’ll stop for a trail-side lunch cooked over the open fire before returning to the trailhead.
While we are enjoying our winter fun, Arctic Range staff will be monitoring the progress of the Yukon Quest
leader board. Overnight in a hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 7: Whitehorse – The Finish Line!
The first mushers to complete the 1000 miles of Yukon Quest trail are expected to arrive in Whitehorse sometime
today. While the mushers can be quite spread out after more than 10 days on the trail, through some of the
most remote wilderness in North America, several recent Quests have come down to a sprint finish between two
mushers. We’ll be ready to whisk you down to the finish line so you can witness all the thrilling action yourself.
Just outside Whitehorse we’ll stop in at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for views of the many large mammal species
that inhabit the Yukon including moose, caribou, musk-ox, elk, mule deer, Dalls sheep and mountain goats!
Overnight in a hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 8: Whitehorse
Time for one last look around town this morning before the transfer to the airport. Check-in for your departing
flights. End of tour services.
Prices from: £2040 per person, based on sharing twin room.
8 days round trip from/to Whitehorse
5 nights hotel accommodation in Whitehorse
2 nights hotel accommodation in Dawson City –
Individual guiding and transportation during the entire tour
Overland transportation in maxivan tour vehicle
Entrance Yukon Wildlife Preserve –
2 days guided dog sledding –
Emergency equipment including First Aid kit and satellite telephone –
City sightseeing tour in Whitehorse and Dawson City –
Whitehorse Airport shuttles
Outdoor winter clothing (rental available)
Meals and beverages other than specified
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Windows on the wild